Interfaith marriage - good or bad?

March 14, 2013 3:42am CST
I mean without trying to convert your wife/husband to your own religion, can such a marriage survive all the prejudice and discouragement from both of the communities?
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11 responses
14 Mar 13
Any community that discourages people from loving each other is, by definition, flawed and should have no influence. My partner and I are of two different religions and it's never caused any trouble at all. Why would it? Every (proper) religion on the planet teaches love and understanding... why would they care if my partner believes in a slightly different god to me?
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14 Mar 13
It should be like that, but some families just force their views on others.The religion itself doesn't harm anyone, of course.I believe it's people who added these rules about who should marry who.I wasn't accepted as a bride by one community because I refused to convert to their religion.Honestly,now I have a very negative opinion about that community.I saw that for them their rules and restrictions are more important than love or family happiness.
15 Mar 13
Like I said, any community that discourages love is flawed and should have no influence. Honestly, if people rejected my partner because of her religion, I'd simply cut any contact with them - anyone who's that superficial and stupid doesn't deserve my friendship!
• United States
14 Mar 13
Marriage is hard enough without marring someone of a different faith. While some are able to continue in their faith others compromise.
15 Mar 13
I agree.It's one of the ways to make it even more difficult.
@jkct02 (2859)
• Malaysia
14 Mar 13
I feel that there is no good or bad in interfaith marriage. In the first place, marriage does not come as a result of religion. It is the love of each other that enables two lovers wanting to tie the knot and be together for the rest of their lives. But some religions are so rigid that they disapprove of interfaith marriage. It is a strong test for the marriage, or rather, for the love that the couple has for each other, to sustain the pressure from their community. If I am in one, I would think that moving away to live in a new place is a solution. There is no point having to fight unnecessary battles all the time with other people over what they think what we have to do. Life is too short for those meaningless struggles. Go away and live a real life.
14 Mar 13
Yes, it's a strong test.I guess our love just wasn't enough to overcome this obstacle.
@MandaLee (3691)
• United States
14 Mar 13
I think it can. However, I would not marry someone of a different religious faith. I want to be with a person who shares my beliefs.
14 Mar 13
I agree.Sharing beliefs is important in a happy marriage.
@iuliuxd (4453)
• Romania
14 Mar 13
It can work if you are an agnostic and your girlfriend is a seventh day agnostic.
14 Mar 13
:) yes, that seems possible
• Indonesia
25 Mar 13
Some of my relatives did the inter marriage, but its usually the one who converted to Islam, is not because of being pushed or something, but because they learned and studied more about Islam. Some are just stay with their own belif though.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
19 Mar 13
I'm sure it can work for many. I have an aunt who was brought up catholic and she married a jewish man. They raised their girls with both religious cultures. I think it can work if both wife and husband can come together bringing the good of both faiths into their lives. You married your husband or wife not the community in my opinion. So you can very easily annoy the community and live your life practicing the faith you wish to.
• United States
19 Mar 13
Yes it can if both spouses respect the needs and wants of each other and not let their families dictate How they should handle the situation.
@artemeis (4017)
• China
17 Mar 13
I think people who take marriage to be strictly 2 people then they are partially right especially when it involves both entire families of the couple. "We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results." Some religion will never allow or recognize marriage outside of theirs, so unless there's a need to be fully aware and know what you are getting into before you take the next step forward with this type of relationship and proceed to marriage.
• India
16 Mar 13
it all depends how religiouse those are, for the religiouse one, better to marry to the same religion but if both can handle and respect each other in religion and faith, then it is possible, my husband is in another religion of mine. and we live together. there are many problems if they do not think to respect and accept opinion of other one. in my Idea, it is better to marry with the one in the same religion. but if you do out of your religion , be sure about opinion of that person in religion and how open mind or religious mind they are.
@joliefille (3696)
• Philippines
15 Mar 13
It's ok I guess for Protestants and Roman Catholic couple. However if the religion differences is so marked, then it is better for one of them to convert. I have a few friends who have Christian mothers and Moslem fathers. The mother had to convert to Islam.