Mixed-religion Marriages


#1

I grew up saying, when asked, that I am a Christian but just recently found out that I am Non-Denominational. The clearest definition I could get was that I am not restricted to a particular religious denomination and that we believe in the teachings of the Holy Bible. Which means to me that I am able to go to my friend’s Baptist church or the kinds I have always gone too.

I have a wide variety of friends and we all like to learn new things so we don’t hold back on any questions on any subject. But I ran into one that nobody seems to have an answer for. What happens if a Non-Denominational person and a Jewish person fall in love? I looked up the Jewish believes and found that they believe in God (or G-d as they call him) but I found nothing on Jesus. So if anyone has any idea I would like to hear it. Note: This has nothing to do with me besides the fact that I like learning new and interesting things. It’s just a question that popped into my head.

#2

Jews do not believe that Jesus was the long awaited Messiah which is probably why you didn’t see anything about Him in Jewish beliefs. The Jews who did believe in Him became the first Christians.About mixed marriages- they can work but I would think that it would be very hard since the belief systems are so different. Even people from two different Christian denominations would have a hard time.

My brother, a Catholic, is married to a Baptist woman. She’s a great person but they differ on doctrine. He’s told me that he prays daily that she will one day join the Catholic Church. He hopes for the day when they can go to Communion together. They have a great marriage but still doctrine can get in the way.


#3

Thank you. I guess it could be doable if they don’t talk about it.:slight_smile:


#4

[quote=DaizyMae0007]I grew up saying, when asked, that I am a Christian but just recently found out that I am Non-Denominational. The clearest definition I could get was that I am not restricted to a particular religious denomination and that we believe in the teachings of the Holy Bible. Which means to me that I am able to go to my friend’s Baptist church or the kinds I have always gone too.
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Hi DaizyMae, just wondering why you didn’t know you were Non-Denominational. Protestants usually know those things. Non-Denominational just means unaffiliated with any specific denomination. It’s another way of saying “Independent.” The doctrines of each Non-D church are determined by the pastor with the consent of the congregation. Or vice versa. Beliefs can vary significantly from one Non-D church to another.

All Christians believe in the teachings of the Holy Bible but disagree about what the Bible is (which writings belong in it) and what it teaches. There are literally thousands of Protestant denominations, each believing a different set of doctrines based on the same incomplete 66-book cut version of the Bible.:whacky:

The Catholic definition of “Christian” is one who is baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Welcome to the Catholic Answers forums.

JMJ Jay
Ex-Southern Baptist, ex-agnostic, ex-atheist, ecstatic to be Catholic!


#5

[quote=DaizyMae0007]Thank you. I guess it could be doable if they don’t talk about it.:slight_smile:
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If your religion is an integral part of who you are and what you believe, that’s like not talking about yourself for the rest of your life, not sharing who you are with your spouse. It’s living a life of isolation. The Catholic worldview is entirely different from the Protestant way of looking at the world and perceiving reality. Any mixed marriage is difficult at best. They’re usually a recipe for discord. Okay in the beginning, when the heat of passion is in bloom, but eventually there’s trouble, especially if there are children – and the whole point of marriage is children.

JMJ Jay


#6

My mother and father were married in 1947. My father belonged to a German immigrant church which later became part of the Church of Christ. They had to get permission from the archbishop to get married and my father had to pledge that he would raise his children Catholic. He did. He put all three of us thru Catholic grade schools and high schools. He worked two jobs to do this. I couldn’t begin to tell you how many early morning (i.e. 6 am) masses my father woke me up and brought me to so that I could serve as an altar boy. After Vatican II my father regularly attended Mass with all the family. My mother on her part never asked my father to convert. In the final analysis my father was buried with a Mass by a priest who remarked that my father was a man of his word. Mixed marriages can work.


#7

My girl friend and hopefully future wife is Catholic and we have problems with doctrine too lol. She saw no problem with voting for a candidate that supported abortion; she sees no problem with women in the priest hood, ECT. So conflict also comes from within lol.

Anthony


#8

I am not really sure how I didn’t know that I was Non-Denominational. They may have said that in church or at home and I had just missed it but I find that hard to believe.
I have just recently moved to Oklahoma, or the Bible Belt, and I have learned a lot from the family I have out here. Back in Cali I knew of a couple Jewish kids at school and my family doctor was one but out here I haven’t seen a single temple. (they could be here and I just haven’t found it. Note: I’m not really looking) lol This is one of the reasons my family, the people I go to for religious questions, couldn’t answer my question. They say they haven’t met one out here. Some aren’t even sure they ever have met one at all.
But I not think that a mix- religion marriage is doable to a point. I’m not sure that I would be able to have one as that far different. Mainly because I want my children to be raised with the belief system that I was and I wouldn’t want to take that right away from my husband. So I think it would be safer for me to date men who believe in Jesus.

Thank you all for your help.
“Sometimes odd things pop in my head before bed.” --me


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