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    So, Bulbagardeners, have any of you ever dated someone who wasn't of your religion? Do certain faiths not allow this sort of thing? Do you have a crush on someone that isn't of your religion and you don't know what to do? Any other random questions?

    Well, I suppose you can post it here!

    If you have answers to people's questions your contributions would be greatly appreciated as well.

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    Yes, indeed I have. I am an atheist and am currently dating a Catholic. Depending on the faith, dating or marrying someone can be problamatic. For instance, one of my mother's former work colleagues is Muslim. When she got married, the man she was with had to convert to Islam. There are surely other examples too. I always worried that, as an atheist, I would have a miserable time finding happiness due to the overwhelming proportion of the population that is religious; and I had a hard enough time finding someone even without counting that! But ultimately my worry turned out to be groundless. There will doubtless be obstacles in the future, but as long as you have love I don't think it really matters.

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    As an atheist, I too have trouble finding love. But, even though I sometimes have crushes on religious girls, I still have trouble thinking it would work. =/

    So, more or less, I DO have a crush on a religious girl, but not sure about it. =/

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    Myself being a Christian, I've really had no problems seeing as most people around me share my faith. I can see how it could be problematic for two people of differing faiths to marry. I mean, some people are very laid back about their religion and some have that militant if-you're-not-with-us-you're-against-us way of thinking.

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    I used to have a boyfriend that couldn't decide if he was Wiccan or Pagan (I'm Apatheist). But that wasn't why our relationship ended. I think people of different creeds could work out, they would just have to be very open minded. I have some friends whose parents are two different religions, and my parents used to be. My mom's always been Baptist, but my dad used to be Mormon. He's since converted to Baptism.

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    As an agnostic, I am open to dating religious people, the only thing is they can't push their religion in my face. They need to be accepting of the fact that I am not religious and it is a well-thought-out opinion of mine; I'm not just "lost" or "questioning" or "doubting."

    I also don't think I could date a religious person whose beliefs included socially conservative views, such as opposition to homosexuality or to abortion/birth control, but that's because I have strong opinions on those issues. Also, I am bisexual, and anyone who dates me needs to be comfortable with that.

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    I was raised Roman Catholic, but once I was aware it was OK for me to choose my own religion, I chose not to have one.

    I've dated a really, really religious (Christian) guy before. During his break up speech (cause it was a speech) he listed a lot of reasons he didn't think we should be together anymore, my lack of faith was among the top three. Since that experience, I've really only been interested in people who are aware that I'm not "lost" or "questioning" (like Goodbye said in her post above), I simply haven't found anything besides Atheism that fits my beliefs.

    The relationship I'm currently in, we share a lack-of religion. However, his parents' are Christian and after three years, I still can't wrap my head around their blind faith. I fear their potential lack of approval of me could get in the way of our relationship down the road. Just last month, we visited them in California, and his mom sent him back with a book about how science explains the existence of god. She openly worries that he won't meet her in heaven someday. It "keeps her up at night" and sometimes I feel she blames me.
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    Default Re: Interfaith Dating?

    Now, I have a question for you guys.

    Have you ever heard anything about some religions not allowing interfaith dating?

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    I've heard some parents that were like that, and as a child I was taught, "lead others towards God. Don't allow others to worship other lords." etc. But it's still up to the people.

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    My religion is unorthodox, I don't believe in one set deity; I like reading up on near-death experiences and most people describe a being of light and love that isn't any set God. I would have no trouble dating an atheist, agnostic, Christian, Muslim, etc. as long as they respect my views.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PkmnRuby View Post
    Now, I have a question for you guys.

    Have you ever heard anything about some religions not allowing interfaith dating?
    Yes, there's a Bible verse that many interpret as "do not date outside of your religion". The verse is 2 Corinthians 6:14: Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

    It may not really mean that, it could just mean "Don't date people who don't have similar beliefs" or something, but who knows?
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    Before being atheist/religious, we are human beings. Those couples who realized that, will success no mather what they believe.

    I've seen notable examples in my life.
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    Well it's a sensitive area. Very, very sensitive; that's why I always take care when rubbing it... :D

    Anyway, on to the topic of interfaith dating, I was raised as a Christian and went to an Anglican school but am an athiest. I've dated someone who was a Christian (I think they were Uniting Church) and had no problem with it and nor did they.

    There are certain religions however, whom I would not date people of that faith even though I'm not religious myself.

    (I acknowledge the joke at the top was lame)

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    I would be okay with dating someone outside of my faith. In fact, I would likely be more interested in dating someone who is a theist than someone who is an atheist or even agnostic. I think that as long as each party is mature enough to respect their significant others' religious beliefs, there should not be any issue with the religious aspect of interfaith dating; in fact, the relationship could potentially foster a better understanding of other religions, assuming that each member of the relationship is willing to discuss his or her beliefs.

    For me, political views are more important than religion. Although I am a heterosexual male, I wouldn't feel comfortable dating someone who is vehemently opposed to homosexuality, abortion, etc... I hope that that doesn't sound bigoted against conservatives, but I would be reluctant to dive into a relationship with someone with whom I don't think on similar terms anent politics!

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    I'm an Athiest and I feel that not being Islamic kinda stopped me having a relationship with I girl I fancied a year or so ago.

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