I love this woman, but I believe her Christian faith might get in the way of our relationship. I have been dating my partner for 7 months now - she is very much a Christian (I am not), and I have supported her in this and encouraged her in this matter.We got together because I helped her out with a very bad thing that happened to her, where everyone just brushed it aside or was just after gossip - I listened and talked to her; I helped her, we got closer and closer and then fell in love.It is down to the individuals concerned, it really is.How important is it, for example, for this woman to receive the blessings of her father (a pastor)?Her dad is a Pastor and obviously didn't agree with the relationship, which I can understand.
But I'm the sort of person who doesn't really believe what I can't see; I am willing to learn. Questions of how to conduct oneself as a Christian, or how to serve as a Christian, must be answered by life itself - the life of the individual in his direct responsible relationship to God."I ask these questions because you seem to describe the relationship from every one else's perspective other than your own.Joshua Harris, for instance, has promoted a model of courtship that harkens back to a model used broadly before modern dating evolved.People attempting to follow a courtship model within today's culture, however, often run into a lot of practical questions, such as, "What if her dad is unavailable or uninterested in being involved?Many want to know how they can go about getting to know someone and eventually getting married without getting hurt or compromising their faith.At Focus on the Family, we've offered a range of resources and expert advice bringing biblical principles to bear in this area.How necessary is it for HER that you become a Christian?