When Romance and Religious Views Clash in Dating
There are several obstacles potential partners must face when online dating. Especially when dating someone from a different culture. Because AnastasiaDate offers members several avenues to connect with singles overseas, it may mean that you will face some of them as well. The biggest obstacle online daters face is the language barrier and not far behind are religious differences. That is what we are focusing on in this article – how to get past issues of dating someone of a different faith.
Defining your personal views
Religion is fascinating in that it is usually not the first thing you talk about when you meet someone. Everyone is entitled to their personal beliefs, and they don’t need to open up about it to anyone. However, it becomes important when you decide to start sharing your life with someone.
And because of that, it is important that you define where you are on the spectrum of religion. Were you brought up a certain way, but no longer practice? Have you changed your religion or are you an atheist? Figure out where you stand.
How important is someone else’s religion to you?
It is entirely possible to casually date with different religious views. As things get more serious, these differences need addressing because they could have an effect on the life you live together. Identify how you feel and where your boundaries are about contrasting religious beliefs. It may well be that you don’t consider religion important – that is until you meet someone who feels the opposite way.
Have any dealbreakers?
No meat on certain days? No pork? No birth control? No sex before marriage? Religion can affect so many parts of your life and even if someone says they have given up practicing, it is still possible they adhere to behaviors either out of habit, pressure from friends and family, or out of fear. People often underestimate the impact religion can have on a romantic relationship. It has a direct effect on most major life events.
Learn about your partner’s religion
If you happen to be dating someone who is religious, make an effort to learn as much about it as you can. Do they only practice around holidays or do they make a point to live by their faith every day? If you want to make your relationship work, respect is going to be key. Try to inquire about their religion without insult, make sure you are informed and engage if you wish.
Without a doubt, faith can be polarizing, but provided that you want to continue your relationship with someone who is religious or is of a different religion, you can enhance your experience by learning about each other’s religion and respecting it.