– The truth is that we cannot ignore the aspect of religion and relationships because it shapes a lot of things in society. It outlines how you think about certain issues, what you do, and your outlook in general. So, here is what you need to know before signing up for one.
In past generations, religious beliefs were very rigid. Most people believed that if you belong to one religion, then you have no business looking for a partner in other religions. This is as a result of a text in the bible(for Christians) that urges believers to not get unequally yoked.
The truth is that we cannot ignore the aspect of religion and relationships because it shapes a lot of things in society. It outlines how you think about certain issues, what you do, and your outlook in general.
The fact remains that interfaith unions are happening and they come with their own set of benefits and challenges as well.
However, if you have considered having an interfaith relationship, or you’re already in one, here are four things you need to know.
You’ll need to have a conversation about it
You’ll need to discuss the differing views you might have with your partner so that you know the way forward.
This conversation will help you answer questions regarding sex, marriage and other areas that might potentially cause conflict in the relationship. This is the time to exercise open and honest communication before deciding to date.
There will be backlash
More often than not, interfaith couples face a lot of backlash. It can come from members of society or even worse, your own family members.
There is still a huge part of society that thinks two people from different religions shouldn’t marry each other and this can strain the relationship. In some cases, family members might ostracize you and cut off all communication. This can be scary and you’ll need to be prepared mentally for this kind of backlash.
Interfaith marriages are generally difficult
According to statistics, there are high rate of divorces and broken relationships with this type of arrangement. For many couples, the challenges that come with it are a lot to handle.
Many couples clash because of biasness with their own religion, conflicting views on certain issues or even the issue of being forceful with beliefs. Although a lot of the challenges arise from religious issues, a big chunk also comes as a result of a lack of proper communication while courting.
Your children’s faith is a big deal
Children in interfaith relationships or marriages are a huge factor.
Many questions like, ‘Which religion will they fall under,’ ‘which schools will they go to,’ or ‘which holidays will you celebrate as a family,’ need to be thought about and discussed beforehand. Another thing is, once they grow older and have their own say, how will you handle it?
These are all legit things to consider before entering into such relationships and have a way forward before more issues come up.
If you know that you cannot accommodate the other party or even convert to the other religion, then it’s not worth it.
Charline Carren is a blogger and an editor at Tech for Development. A trained Public Relations and communication specialist.
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