I do not care for Pat Robertson and his many false claims, but he is right on this one: Pat Robertson Tells Christian Viewer to Dump Muslim Girlfriend.
Even a non-religious person should see that couples should agree on the foundations of how they view the world. Do people think they can disagree on who God is, what happens when you die, how to be reconciled to God, etc., and that it won’t have a radical impact on them and their children? They plan to find agreement on where to live, how many kids to have, where to vacation, etc., but not on the key questions of life?
The message to their children will come through loud and clear: The concept of God is so unimportant to us and irrelevant to life that we didn’t find it necessary to agree on it before committing to spend our lives together.
More importantly, for Christians to marry non-Christians is forbidden in scripture. 2 Corinthians 6:14 is often cited (Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?) but you can also see all of 1 Corinthians 7.
And while God might ultimately bless the union in his radical grace, what makes anyone think He is obliged to bless a union entered into via disobedience?
Christians should not date non-Christians. Satan has used this countless times to draw people away from God. Heck, Muslims should not date non-Muslims, for that matter. And so on.
Here’s an example offered by Dan:
I was speaking with a co-worker who was having problems in his marriage, and their future as a couple was not looking good at all. It seems that him (a “Christian”) and his wife (a Jew) saw their religious “diversity” as a great positive going into marriage. Why not? It’s the craze of the age… right? But then a child came into the picture and all of a sudden their diversity was an insurmountable mountain. The religions that they had both subjected to the wisdom of a bunch of pointy-headed Utopians had suddenly risen from its bottom self status to supreme importance when it came to raising their son. This fellow could see the writing on the wall. He knew his choice was to raise their child a Jew, or be reduced to a weekend Dad by the courts. A loving person could have told him this if he’d been curious or humble enough to seek council about it before hand. Why does man insists on being so short sighted?