This question was asked the other way around before and I thought I would ask vice versa. So atheists, would you date a Christian?
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I've been in a relationship with a Christian and someone who was not religious but believed in a higher power of some kind. Most of the time it isn't really a problem. BUT I'd imagine it would become a major problem if the couple decides to have kids someday. That's the MAJOR roadblock in that type of relationship. I really liked how I was raised in that regard. My parents come from two different denominations but aren't religious so they decided to raise their kids as neutral to such things and it was up to us to decide what we wanted to believe in. Kids are very impressionable and the beliefs they're taught are usually the ones they stick with throughout their lives so I wouldn't want me or my future wife to push them into one aisle or the other. I'd want them to be more flexible and unbiased towards these things. I'd be open to teaching them about the Bible and whatnot only if we could teach them about many other belief systems as well. I'm a firm believer in being exposed to as many ways of thinking as possible before making a decision or if people don't want to make a decision or feel like there isn't a right or wrong about such things that's fine too. I would just want my kids to have the free will to go about that as they choose. If they ever came to me with questions about different belief systems I'd do my research and try to give as unbiased of an answer as possible.
I kind of don't think it's a parent's place to decide these things for their kids. I know not everyone feels this way and that's fine. I'm a firm believer in letting a kid choose his or her own likes and dislikes and passions that they want to chase in life. I'd assist and guide them the best I can along their journey.
If my hypothetical Christian girlfriend had no problem with that neutral middle ground instead of competing for belief supremacy then we're cool but I'm not sure how common that is. It could be quite a minefield to navigate if one chooses to push them to either side.1