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Having faith based discussions in your intimate relationship

Relationships can be difficult to navigate, especially if they are intimate. As the connection between two people grow stronger, it is imperative that they talk about many things. One of the things that is really imperative in a relationship (especially if the direction of the relationship is moving towards marriage) is to discuss the faith foundations of each person involved in the relationship.

The dynamic of relationships has changed dramatically in the last 100 years in the United States. In the past, men were typically the breadwinners in the family. Women and children were led by men, thus the man's faith was usually adopted by the family, and they practiced that faith together. However, there has been a shift in the responsibility of bringing faith into the home from men to women. Now, women take the reigns usually when it comes to faith, and they lead the children down the road to God.

Sometimes, faith becomes an issue within an intimate relationship.When either party practices her or her faith, and they have a spouse that is not actively involved in practicing a particular faith, arguments can ensue about the issue. This is especially the case when one spouse feels that the other is slacking in their effort to make the relationship work. Also, if one spouse is not practicing any particular faith at all. Here are some ways to make the relationship work:

1. Ask questions about faith before you go into an intimate relationship about your spouses faith. Ask what religion (if any) they practice.

2. Have a candid discussion about what you believe and why. This is not to sway the other person's opinion per se, but to find out if you share the same beliefs. If you find that you don't, you need to determine how you are going to deal with it, especially if you intend to raise a family together.

3. Keep an open mind during the discussion. However, if your spouse's beliefs are too much for you to handle, then you can save you both a lot of heartache down the line and end the relationship.

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