The definition of being an atheist: One who believes that God or any deity does not exist.
As an individual who has had the opportunity to travel to many places in the world and thus have had the fortune to meet couples who were either married or contemplating marriage, the one nagging question that I’ve had about relationships throughout my “Marco Polo” trek is, “should a Christian, or a Jew or a Muslim marry an atheist if the atheist does not convert to their partner’s religious belief?
In 2005 England’s Cambridge University conducted a worldwide study on how many people actually believe in the existence of an omnipotent always present spirit that humans refer to as God. The survey / study indicated that approximately 88 percent of the world’s population were said to “believe in God”. This particular number is down from 96 percent in 2000. However, in contrast to surveys taken in the United States, 95 percent of Americans “believe in God.
With all the problems that conventional marriages are forced to contend with, it is only reasonable to question if a relationship between an atheist and a believer in God can ever take root and blossom into a harmonious and long lasting union.
A major obstacle which can prevent a marriage between an atheist and a fundamental believer in God from working is the issue of respect and tolerance. Without a couple being truly committed to the principles of respecting each other’s belief(s), it would be difficult for the relationship to survive.
Of course, the far majority of marriages are preceded by dating and courtship, which is a time in most individual’s “getting to know you” relationship stage that allow the couple to assess compatibility. It’s during the courtship that questions of having children in the future and decisions on how to (if at all) influence the children in terms of religion and spirituality.
In any case staying married in today’s time is a difficult task for most that have “jumped the broom”. This article is written to instigate thought to readers who have friends or family or may even themselves be involved in a relationship that finds themselves pitted against loving a person for all of their “beautiful” human characteristics and flaws but find that the person they love does not love the God they love and worship.
As always Louisianans, the aerochug.com is interested in what you think. Can a marriage between an atheist and a theist – a believer in God(s) – last as long as marriages that are based on a belief in God as being the creator of all? Inquiring minds want to know.
Until the next time Louisianans, Good Day, God Bless and Good Fishing