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When you say "Christian" you are referring to group of religions that are non-Catholics but believe in the same God. Their interpretation of the bible and their religious practices differ only slightly but they are not the same. Some would even go as far as declaring that their religion is the best religion and other types of religion, including other Christian religions, are false religions.
The majority of Americans are under this category. Most are Christians and they are members of different churches which has different beliefs. Because of the large number of Americans in this religion, there is a great probability of meeting other Christians that are non-Catholics. You don’t even have to go online and sign up for religion themed websites to meet a Christian and go out on a date.
But the disparity and argument over religion is a rare occurrence during the dating period except when religious belief is a part of the conversation. Generally, Christian dating is an open minded date that doesn’t take any presumptions on religious affiliations. Aside from political beliefs, religion may be the one of the things that are not explicitly shared unless the person is deeply religious or in the place where they can express their faith.
Dating with Different Beliefs
Never presuppose that your date will go smoothly just because you’re both Christians. If your date is very religious, he or she might stand up for her faith no matter what. That would often lead to awkward situations and the date will end up in a very bad way. This, of course would be triggered if you ask a question related to her religion. If you are also a religious person with a different belief, try not to focus on the specifics or the dogmas of your beliefs and talk about your role in the Christian community. Both of you might be a little bit bragging but the fact is that you are both religious and doing great things for the community is a good thing. Your service is not a bad idea after all since this is your way of helping others as much as you can.
But generally, those that are dating with different Christian faith would often have a great time as they wouldn’t discuss anything that is related to religion at all. Both parties acknowledge that religion and faith is a very personal matter and they are not just discussed in the open.
Deep Religiosity in Dating
As you improve or advance in your relationship, you slowly get to know more about your date. You will notice their close affiliation not only with their family but also in their community. They usually take part in different activities of their church as these activities are also participated by his or her brothers, sisters and/or parents. Their values are usually associated with their faith and they know the boundaries in showing their religion. If you visit their family, you will easily notice their deep affiliation with their religion but they are still very casual when they go out.
The best part of religious families of the Christian faith is their toleration of other religions especially other Christians of different beliefs. They are very familiar with religious tolerance and exercise them with great caution because they know; their religion will also be respected and tolerated. If your date takes you to their Sunday services, you should not be offended as this is the way of showing how they practice their faith and you are never there to be converted. You are still free and you are never pressured to do anything else.
Unfortunately, there are times that a date could go to a wrong turn. Instead of establishing friendship and knowing more about your date, you date has become the heated argument of who is right in their interpretation of the bible. One of you is trying to convince the other that the religious principles and beliefs of other religions are wrong. This presupposition will only happen if each one is really religious and would go an extra mile for their faith. Although this is commendable in terms of deep religiosity, it doesn’t count as a great date.
Never come to a date wherein part of your plan is to preach to your date regarding your faith. Although the date is between two Christians, it’s just not right to come to the date and try to covert the other person.
This is also true when the relationship blooms and the other person is required to be converted just to get married. Although some people will agree and do it, the end result is often bad. That is why interfaith marriage takes a lot of consideration and approval before everyone says yes to the interfaith marriage.
On Your Actual Date
If you are going out on a date with a person you know is deeply religious, don’t show up without any knowledge of what she believes in. Although it might not be discussed after all, you will understand the culture and even the preferences of the person. For example, there are Christians who follow the bible laws to the last letter that they do not eat certain types of food. Your date will be very awkward if you just go on order for food the both of you but the food served is not based on their religion.
Another tip when you go out on a Christian date is to be as accommodating as possible. If you are the guy, you should be the one who is more tolerating as you have invited the other person for a date. When you talk about religion, talk about the good things your religion has done for you. Talking about the dogmas and interpretation of the bible will only lead to confrontation. Be a true Christian and be understanding of your date. Through your common belief you will slowly grow in your relationship and differences in Christian faith will no longer matter.