- Faith is about following a certain path in life.
- Compatibility > love .
- Struggles of an inter-faith marriage.
Undoubtedly life becomes much easier if you and your partner follow the same path; the same path in terms of faith.
Whether it is about believing in the same religion or being an atheist together, it affects the compatibility level of your partnership to a greater level.
However, what if you’re in love and want to marry someone who holds a different faith than you? It can be a great union if both the person involved are not rigid about their beliefs and can work out to find a middle ground.
There are certainly some advantages like, you get to know more about each other’s respective faith or religion which can broaden your horizon, you learn to appreciate the differences with each other, and much more.
However, this is truly a deep topic and somehow chances for the success of such relationships are few. It is magical to read about concepts like “love is the only religion” in books but in reality, compatibility is more important than love and faith can completely overshadow love.
It is definitely an individual’s choice and perspective, just to let you know, that the struggles of inter-faith marriages are real.
You guys might have something in common but what when your life paths don’t meet at all? You might not able to enjoy the best marriage which you possibly long for.
The union is totally not recommended if you feel strongly about your own faith since it will make things hard for you to believe certain things about other faiths.
Even if we are living in the modern times where people have become more accepting and are more willing to date people holding different faiths than them, cases of divorce are increasing much more than before.
Here are some real struggles of a couple in inter-faith marriages:
1) Coping up with Rigid Beliefs
If you’re somebody who feels strongly about his/her religion and your partner holds a different faith, imagine how difficult it will be to get along with each other. Such things are not realized early in a relationship but the problem strikes soon when you start living together. It can be as little as lighting a candle or lighting a lamp!
2) Families Might Not Get Along
This is a common problem a couple has to face. You are what you are because of your faith. The principles and ethics you live by are most probably due to the faith you hold.
It can be easy for young people to adjust with their faith but the same will be difficult for 50 something people.
3) Parenting Problems
Certainly, you would want to bring up your kids exactly how you were brought up.
People from the different religious background are brought up differently and this can impact your parenting techniques.
Imagine if one is vegetarian and another is non-vegetarian, what faith will their children follow?
4) Trying To Change Other Person’s Belief
In midst of all the problems arising due to the lack of synchronicity between different faith, chances are that either of the two will try to change other person’s faith.