Is a marriage without faith possible to maintain? Some people would say yes. But it’s possible that some would say any healthy marriage would have couples that have faith to some degree. Wouldn’t you have to have some sort of faith in something to have a marriage that stands the test of time, that can manage through all the tough times? Faith in America recognizes that marriage is the right of everyone that should be empowered and protected by civil government.
Marital union provides companionship, commitment and personal growth in the view of a supportive community. Everyone in this country has the right and freedom to marry the person they love without regard to race, gender, nationality, religion or any other social category. The question is: is that all it takes to have a thriving healthy marriage? It is reasonable to wonder whether an atheist and a Christian would be as compatible as two people of the same position, two atheists or two Christians.
After all, even if an atheist and a Christian can make a marriage work, it may not be worth all of the extra effort required if an easier and more productive marriage can be formed elsewhere. There may be something to this, but it really depends upon the character of those involved. The debate comes when the heavy stressors of life interfere. Would a couple of faith approach the conflict in a healthier manner than those couples without faith?
No one is saying that couples that seem to practice some sort of faith would not be able reach some sort of resolve in their conflict. What we’re looking at here is could they accomplish it without damaging each other to some degree. Do couples of no faith just simply fight it out until one or the other gives in? Could you really call that a spiritual marriage of faith? Please keep in mind we are talking about spiritual connections in a marriage, not religious connections.
After all, some people can be so religious that they are no good spiritually speaking. Besides, the prejudice person in favor of marriage having to be religious in orientation has proven to be harmful in the United States. Some religious beliefs about the nature of marriage and the roles allowed for men and women have oppressed women, warped marital relationships, and restricted people’s ability to find happiness within marriage itself. So for the sake of this article, let’s stay spiritual.
There is a lot of talk out there that states that conservative Christians are just as likely to divorce as atheist or liberal Christians. Faith has had a limited effect on people’s behavior, whether related to moral convictions and practices, relational activities, lifestyle choices or economic practices. Here again, one can wonder if it is the strict religious rules that play apart in regards to the conservative Christians. Can a religious couple be so uptight that they actually allow for their views to damage their marriage?
What difference does faith make to a marriage? The time before marriage is an opportunity to take inventory of your basic beliefs. Share them with your beloved and note how you will live out your beliefs and values together. Does this mean you have to share the same faith? That’s nice, but it’s more important to talk about what God means to you, what spiritual practices you find meaningful, and how you can support each other once you are married. At the end of the day, it is possible that faith-filled spiritual marriages are stronger. Not having a spiritual connection with each other, not having faith as a guiding tool may be what erodes your covenant connection.
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