Hello, I am first and foremost a Christian who knows Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I affiliate myself with the Southern Baptist Church. I have not always been affiliated with the Southern Baptist Church. My Father and his side of the family are all Catholics and there is even a Priest in the family. My Mother and her family are Pentecostal. When we lived near my father’s side of the family we went to Catholic Church and when we lived near my mom’s side of the family we went to Pentecostal Church. On the other hand, when we lived by neither side of the family, I was the only one to continue to go to church. I would attend a Baptist Church. I was first drawn to the church as a child because my friends went to the church. Later on in my youth, I came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior and became a passionate seeker of GOD. I wanted to know more and to grow my relationship with him. My beliefs align with that of the Southern Baptist Church; however, I respect the Catholic Church and their beliefs. I am presently engaged to a wonderful woman who I know God sent to me. She is Catholic and has been raised Catholic her entire Life. There are so many things beliefs we share and a few we do not. Those few however, are those which need to be covered prior to marriage. I know a marriage takes three, God, the Groom, and the Bride. I also know the Husband is to be the Spiritual Leader of the household. I plan to be the Spiritual Leader of our Household. I will love her as Christ Loves the Church.
Right now I attend Mass with her every Saturday like I have been since we met and she attends Sunday service with me when she is not working. On the issues we differ on we simply agree to disagree. I know that may not last forever which is why I am asking for advice. She has told me she would love for me to convert to Catholicism; however, she knows I am where God wants me to be right now. I teach Sunday school to first graders and love to see the look in their eyes as they learn about Jesus and God. I sometimes think about what troubles my fiancee and I will face when we have our own children. I know by getting married in the Catholic Church she is morally bound to raise our children Catholic and go through the Sacraments, however, I am not Catholic and would want my children to know the Baptist Traditions as well. I would love to teach them both, however, I do not want to confuse them. I know they already will see their dad never go up to receive communion and wonder why. I have went to GOD and prayed over this. I know without a shadow of doubt God wants us to be together and I believe he will make this work. I am just not sure how it will. I do not want this to drive a wedge in our relationship and our Journey to become closer to God.
Any advice will be greatly accepted.