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Saturday, December 31, 2011
Relationships: The Impact of Religious Beliefs
Relationships : The Impact of Religious Beliefs
One of the biggest things that I see people tip toe around in relationships is religion. There are a lot of inter racial couples out there and so many different types of religions; but like in relationships religion is like the elephant in the room. No one wants to talk about it; it’s a topic that no one wants to speak of, like Voldemort’s name. People now days are scared of getting involved in a person’s religion, because with every religion there are different sets of rules and how do you know if you are breaking them. People say that that it is better to find someone who shares the same religion, that it’s so much easier if you believe in the same things. However, it does not always turn out that way. Even if you do have someone that claims to have the same faith as you, but how the hell do you believe in anything when you can’t even embrace it in a place of worship?
Statistically speaking more than 90 percent of American men say that they believe in god, five out of six of those men call themselves Christians, out of that six only two really go to church on a Sunday, according to cbn.com/spirituallife. Now, I’m not a prophet or someone of bible authority, but I would agree that you don’t really see a lot of couples that to do regularly attend church. One would say that men don’t like going because church just so happens to cut into Sunday football. Maybe there is something more to it, something that we are all not seeing. I believe in God and the bible, but as of lately I find myself not going to church on Sundays. Part of it would be because I’m so tired and that I use Sundays as my day of rest. An overly religious person would most likely have the rebuttal of “well God doesn’t get to take a day off on you, what makes you think that you deserve a day off?” Truth be told, I don’t have a valid answer for that.
On the relationship tip of it, the bible does encourage religion to be a huge factor in choosing someone to be with forever. Back in the olden days when men used to court women, it was imperative that a man agree with the woman’s father in politics and her mother in religion. In today’s world religion is like a forgotten art to most people. One source claimed church as being a woman thing. That to me sounds dumb. If church is a woman thing, then having a job, paying bills and fixing cars are just a man’s thing, right? Wrong. People kill me with that, after all women and men are suppose to be equals in every since of the word. How does someone truly find that special someone if they don’t have a relationship with a higher power? The average man accepts the reality of Jesus, but fails to see any value in attending church service every Sunday. Tyler Perry paints a picture of the ideal man in all of his movies. The woman in the movie is basically jilted and left to fend for herself, believing that there are no good men left out there. Then out of the blue comes this tragic hero who embraces the reality of god and going to church and they live happily ever after. But it’s the movies. Life is not really painted out to be that way.
Then I guess the other question is what keeps a person from really trying to define their relationship with god? Some people go to church to find someone. Remember the movie “Two Can Play that Game”, starring Vivica Foxx and Morris Chestnut, which was basically a comical battle of the sexes. There was a line that said that all the players go to church, why because all the freaks go to church. He would be correct, because how many of us go to the club the night before and show up at church the next morning? My point that I’m trying to make is that all relationships are built on some sort of foundation, if religion (any religion)is not a part of it, then what is it that you really believe in? People need something to believe in. This is not a matter of if my god or your god is right, just the fact that if you and I both can acknowledge that there is a greater power at work in all aspects of our lives then that would be something for us to build on. I myself could not love someone who didn’t believe in anything. As we see that the numbers of people who have a firm grasp on religion are dwindling in a downward spiral it makes me wonder, what can we do to make sure that we bring religion or the concept of believing in something back into relationships? It makes me sad to see lost people; if you don’t have your faith or beliefs in anything then I guess that pretty much makes you an incomplete person. So the one thing I want you all to take into the New Year is to build a firm foundation with the person that you love. Believe in something, anything; don’t let a person walk away from you just because you weren’t spiritually prepared. Then again maybe we all need to try a little harder to work on us and what it is we really believe in. Until next year.
~Peace Be With You ~