After I watched a rerun of Raising McCain where the topic was Interfaith Marriage, I was intrigued by the topic. I decided to poll a few friends to see their views on this topic and present them with a question.
Would you marry someone that is of a different religious background?
I sent the question out to several different friends. I presented the question to ten friends and received six responces. Their religious backgrounds ranged from being raised Catholic, Muslim, Baptist, Pentecostal, and Methodist.
"G" said, "Of course, I could. God put us here to enjoy the experience of life and to love. We must love to fully experience life."
"A" said, "Yes. Without hesitation. If the love is right."
"H" said, "I could marry to Baptist, Pentecostal, or Methodist but I couldn’t go to Muslim."
"C" said, "Yea, cause there is one God, He just has different names. We would have to compromise on holidays."
"K" said, "I could do it as long as we both believe in God."
"J" said, "Yes."
My friends’ responces sent me on a search throughout the internet for the information of just how common are interfaith marriages. What I found was really interesting.
According to zenit.org, “In the last decade 45% of all marriages in the US were to people of different faith.” In 2001, “Naomi Schaefer Riley did a study that showed 27% of Jews, 23% of Catholics, 39% of Buddhists, 18% of Baptists, 21 % of Muslims, and 12% of Mormons were married to a spouse with a different religious identification.”
An article posted on religionnews.com, examines the relationship between a Baptist Minister, J. Dana Trent, and her husband a former Hindu Monk , Fred Eaker. Dana believes that her faith is stronger now that she is with her husband. They even attend services together and worship together. They are hoping to raise children in both of their faiths. Trent was quoted saying, “Children can never have enough love. And children can never have enough God.”
In my generation, we often hear people say that they are spiritual and not religious. I feel this due to the stigmas associated with organized religion, harshness and prejudice against others, and pinholing of what God is supposed to be, that you see occurring in traditional religious settings. This doesn’t always occur but it does occur enough to keep people away from traditional organized religion. People often forget that the most important thing of all is love and without love we are lost. My search for information and answers has brought me back to one thought over an over again. God is Love!
~Peace, Love and Smiles,