Dating and different religions
Citing a Biblical passage which points to the danger of being led off course by a relationship with someone of a different faith, Gillis says that his religion has a clear position on interfaith relationships.“The important thing to realize, from a Christian perspective, is that God is supreme.
Nothing matters more than God, including your wife,” Gillis says.
But the choice to date someone may have unexpected implications—especially if that person does not share your religion, Summer says. Bhaskarabhatla ’09, who is Hindu, says he thinks “a relationship shouldn’t focus on a person’s religious tradition and background but mainly on personal characteristics and compatibility.” His parents would not agree.
Faced with these complexities, many students say they will not date members of other religions, and those who say they are willing to do so admit it isn’t always easy. Interfaith dating forces many students to make a difficult choice: conceal their relationship from their parents, or face fighting with them about it, Bhaskarabhatla says.
And I think it is very unlikely that we’ll raise our children as atheists,” she says.
‘MISSIONARY DATING’ Despite these complications, some students are willing to pursue interfaith relationships.
“[An interfaith relationship] might create more dialogue between you and God,” Skoda says.
She says that such a relationship would inspire questions such as “How is it that I see this and my boyfriend or girlfriend can’t or doesn’t want to see it at all?
Many observant Christian students, for instance, say they do not believe in having sex before marriage.
This view differs from the mainstream college culture in which sex is common in romantic relationships, says Chiduzie C.
That can be an irreconcilable problem at times,” she said after a forum on interfaith dating last month.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating