Why date within your faith, or not?
Do religious views have any bearing upon whom I should marry-or at least at this point, whom I should date? In the hopes of answering some of these questions I attended an event called "Why Date Within Your Faith?" Doron Kornbluth offered some advice on the subject. In short, Kornbluth advised that people date within the confines of their religious practices. People who choose others within their faith have a much higher success rate: Their marriages last longer and end in divorce less frequently. When people have children they typically return to the faith of their own childhood so they can raise their kids as they were brought up.
Mixed religion relationships
Most relationships require compromise and effort if they are going to succeed, but what about when you come from different religious backgrounds? Whatever background you come from, there will always be some differences between you and your partner. If you completely disagree on important issues you may find life difficult. You don't always have to agree, just as long as those disagreements don't become monumental hurdles that you'll never get over. Friends might believe stereotypes and have negative reactions at first. Explain to them how you feel about your partner and let them meet each other and form their own opinions based on the person rather than the religion.
Researchers found that people tend to love and marry those who are similar in attitudes, religion and values. However, once people are in a committed relationship, it is primarily personality similarity that influences marital happiness because being in a committed relationship entails regular interaction and requires extensive coordination in dealing with tasks, issues and problems of daily living.
Religion Impacts Dating Choice
In deciding who they want to date, most college students say they do not think about marriage or children. But the choice to date someone may have unexpected implications, especially if that person does not share your religion. 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. Some say that having a partner of a different faith or with a different level of commitment to the faith may interfere with their own relationship with God.
What is Important To a Relationship?
Most people think that sharing the same religious background, having comparable intelligence and ambitions, being involved in the same sort of social life, and having the same financial goals and personal values are the most important things in a relationship.