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Inter-religious relationships, don’t want to repeat a bad mistake… Advice?
Ok, here’s my delima. I know a girl that is very attractive, has the same exact major (petroleum engineering, not many girls in this field), same interests(tennis, ext), and is very easy-going and kind, but there’s a red flag that is keeping me from moving forward. She is very religious, and I classify myself as an agnostic bordering on atheism. My last girlfriend was even less religions than this girl is and she broke up with me because I did not believe in her concept of God. This girl that I am currently attracted to is a member of the Church of Christ, and is an active participant in the Campus Crusade for Christ at my school, but she is very secular in how she acts (i.e. she never wears crosses, she swears a little bit, goes to parties, drinks and plays beer pong with me, and never talks about Jesus) I was born into a somewhat Christian household, but from middle school until high-school I had very religious friends and was a very “hard-core” Christian who would routinely attend bible studies. In these studies I became aware of the 2 Corinthians 6:14-17 verse that would lead me to believe that any Christian that follows the literal interpretation of the bible would not date non-believers. My last girlfriend didn’t even read the bible, and had no clue that this verse existed and still broke up with me after 6 months of a relationship that was very good other than the our religious differences. I would also like to add that, as an agnostic, I do not find the christian viewpoint “wrong”, but rather I find it less believable than Darwinian evolution which I think is a much more insightful way of explaining the modern day world we live in than the biblical concept of original sin. Therefore I would not have a problem dating a religious person but I don’t want to experience heartbreak all over again, or to experience the feeling of inadequacy that comes form someone trying to convert you to a religion that you already fully understand and denounce. I am not afraid of rejection, but moreover I am afraid that she will date me, we will become very attached, and THEN she will break up with me because she doesn’t want to take things to another level with someone who isn’t Christian. I welcome everyone, from hardcore atheists to evangelicals to give me your five cents on the issue, with the ultimate question: is it worth dating this girl with the risk that we will become close just to have her dump me down the line due to my disbelief in her concept of God, or do I need to find a girl who’s religious views are more in-line with my own?
(This is a long question, so I will happily take the time to give 10 pts to the most insightful answer, and please, don’t hold back, give me what you personally feel to be the truth of the situation =)
Brad Perry answers:
People who were raised with a strict religious background or ‘found Jesus’ through friends later on are more likely to have problems with an agnostic at some point. Religious beliefs run deep and while they may outwardly present themselves as being very tolerant the under-current might jump out and bite you on your a** at a most unexpected time. Why do you think religion is such a big factor in wars?
Personally, I feel that if the religious person shows honest tolerance and I really like her (or him as a friend) I’m willing to take a chance. You may want to avoid hanging around with her church friends because they might NOT be as liberal as she appears to be.
My chances of getting into UT Austin/Texas A&M?
Hey. I want to go to either UT Austin or Texas A&M for their petroleum engineering degree.
Tell me my chances in your opinion: (and where i can improve)
Attending a top 5 public high school
small school 900 total kids with 210 per grade
probably top 30% of class
GPA: 3.6 (will increase to a 3.65-3.8 by the end of the year)
Other info: Lots of honors classes, taking some ap’s, play 1 sport and have some clubs (1 of which i started)
Brad Perry answers:
Hey. No one compares the quality of high schools, it is BS because most kids do not get to pick where their parents live. Tiny school but you should be fine. Just a heads up though, you are in for a culture shock if you have never lived in Texas before.
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