May 27, 2008

By now it’s obvious that for Ayo and Bilal, the course of true love has not run smooth. There is very good reason to name this book tour “Against All Odds!” Add religion to the mix and you’ll understand why - Bilal is Muslim and Ayo most definitely is not.

Some of us know couples in modern-day “mixed marriages. For them, a belief in God is more important than how He is worshipped. They consider themselves equal opportunity believers with a healthy respect for each tradition, observing each other’s sacred days and exposing their children to the tenants of each. But according to others, anyone so “liberal” in matters of faith isn’t a true believer in the first place. For these people, their religion is like breath; a necessary, nonnegotiable component of who they are.

I asked this question a while back, and blogger Vee Jefferson put forth her opinion so eloquently: “Because a person's faith and religious customs and beliefs may influence the way he or she eats, sleeps, prays, and possibly even celebrates holidays, it would be ridiculous to think that a major difference in two views would be of little concern. Also, that faith is the determining factor for how the person will both act and react in a certain situation and how circumstances are viewed.” (Thanks again, Vee).

What say you?

In Islam, Jews and Christians are called “People of the Book” because God revealed Himself to their prophets as well. If you are any of these religions, could you have a serious relationship with anyone who was not?

If you’ve ever seriously dated someone of another faith, was that difference too great for the relationship to survive?

If you met a loving, committed, hardworking, generous and compassionate agnostic or atheist, would his questioning the existence of God or total disbelief in God be a deal-breaker?

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