The present study examined the perceived influence of parental and social pressure on individuals’ perceptions regarding cross-cultural and interfaith dating and marriage.
The questions of interest were: (1) What is the influence of parental attitudes towards interfaith and cross-cultural relationships?
Second, you should take the time to become educated about each others’ faiths.
Okay, so you were maybe raised Christian and you think it’s illogical – clearly it wasn’t the right religion for you.
But that doesn’t mean your spouse isn’t in the right place spiritually.
Finally, the findings show that over 80 % of the participants did not want to interfere in their children’s partner selection.
The remaining 20 % were against interfaith and cross-cultural dating and marriages.
Fifty-five university students with diverse backgrounds participated in this study.
The findings indicate that the majority of the participants were influenced by the social pressure put upon them.
Maybe you can sit down with him and say, “This is what my belief system means to me.” If you don’t even have an understanding as to what each other believes, then it’s going to be awfully hard to come to any agreement based on respecting each other’s spirituality.
Accept that the other person’s belief system may well be valid for them, even if it’s not the right path for you.
Answer: I want to commend you for considering this question now.
When couples get engaged first and then start thinking about working through their differences, it can be difficult to discuss potential conflicts because of the pressure to move forward with wedding plans.
In many mixed-faith relationships, the goal is often just respect and understanding.