In most traditional families in Nigeria, it is the uttermost responsibility of parents to ensure that the safety and happiness of their children is secure and religion is certainly one aspect some may not be willing to compromise on when marriage sets in. This religious norm is still practiced to date in most Nigeria family units in respective of their faith but nevertheless more couples are breaking away from this tradition.

But when you consider the high rate of mixed faith marriages today, you begin to wonder why there are controversies surrounding religion itself. Perhaps you are planning to marry a spouse who practices another religion and facing some form of criticism or condemnation, and you are beginning to wonder if you are making a big mistake, you are certainly not alone.   The question is “CAN A COUPLE OF TWO RELIGIONS SUSTAIN A BLISSFUL MARITAL LIFE”?

 

TODAY’S INFLUENCE

As more people live miles away from home today in pursuit of life and personal goals, freedom certainly sets in. Many adopt different faiths and beliefs which are often different from that of their parents in their bid to find balances between the pressures of work and life.

Those who adopt a religious belief different from that of their parents may also prefer to marry from that faith with or without parental consent. More people today from different religions are getting married but how they are able to cope and accommodate each other’s faith is the most important subject they both have to study and understand. But where there is love, there is certainly tolerances, respects and equal rights.

 

PARENTS FEARS

Every parent ultimately wants the happiness of their children and the issue of religion is one many believe will guarantee long lasting and blissful marital life, when their children marry someone who shares a similar faith.

A couple who share different beliefs may not be able to share the same visions which may be detrimental to the success of such marriage. Parents who have been through similar experiences are often adamant that their children marry from the same faith to avoid problems in later stage.

 

 LOVE CONQUERS ALL

You can certainly have a blissful marriage live together despite your religious differences, as long as you both find a common ground to discuss these religious issues during the courtship period. Resolving these may also mean having two separate ceremonies in your two religions or blending key elements of both in one single ceremony.

If venue is an issue, you can get married in a neutral place away from the religious setting if both families agree and are open minded. Love certainly conquers all and if destiny has a hand in these, certainly religion should not be the stumbling block.

The decisions you make must accommodate your spouse’s feelings and sensitivities. Beyond religions you must also share similar visions and goals strong enough to convince yourselves that you are truly made for each other.

GOOD LUCK!

EB