In his book, Till Faith Us Do Part,(1996) Rabbi Jonathan.A. Romain considers attitudes to mixed faith marriages. He states that, Christians, Hindus, Jews,Muslims,Sikhs, who fall in love with each other may retain a deep respect for the views of their families and the requirements of their faiths. However, in many cases, emotions now take precedence over religious traditions. This, he says, would have been less likely in former years. In contrast, there is no issue with mixed faith marriages in Buddhism.

“A fish and a bird can fall in love,
but where will they build their home?

(from: Fidler On The Roof)


0 thoughts on “MAN PROPOSES, RELIGION OPPOSES (op.cit)

  1. An interesting perspective, Munzly, on Buddhists – why do you not consider Buddhism a religion?

    If you accept the devil incarnate, do you not also accept that there is a faith relating to the creation of a devil?

  2. “The Devil” has always been a depiction of nature, which the classical and medieval minds considered “the enemy” of civilisation and sophistication.
    Nature exists, therefore there is no problem with having The Devil without Gods.

  3. However, Buddhism is accepted as one of the world’s six faiths. I think there is a fusion of ideas with the term religion which may lead to confusion, that of a religion having to have a deity. Islam has prophets too.

  4. Some people call atheism a religion, which it isn’t. Unfortunately, it is often the lowest common denominator of intelligence that dictates the “accepted” meaning of words. 😦

  5. I have never heard atheism called a religion or a faith. I have heard it talked of in terms of a ‘belief’ as if a belief were a junior relative with as yet, unformed and uninformed ideas. Here again, ‘belief’ is defined in an alternative manner.

  6. Only if it sets itself against nature, then nature can be represented as a being, such as the Devil or Satan. C/f The Green Man in medieval carvings.

  7. Satan would be out of time, a dysjunction or an overlay, I should think. Satan appears to be a translation of a word that is traced back to Judaism. Whereas ‘Devil’ a slanderer or accuser is sourced back to the Greek verb of which the infinitive is diaballein = to slander.

    Perhaps the ancient figurative presentation and the colour of the green man indicate a bad nature or character, rather than a noun, or at least, not the one that is in currency here.

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