In mixed faith marriages, focus is on ‘values,’ not ‘beliefs’

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  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    June 15, 2014 8:17 a.m.

    I value my family, my life's experiences, my personal freedom, my accomplishments, some of my failures, everything I have learned and everything that I love (hold in highest esteem). My beliefs are those things I have faith in; evidences of things which I can not see but are true. They are inseparable for me! How can I (or anyone else) believe what they don't value or value what they don't believe? Sorry I wasn't more clear previously.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2014 1:32 p.m.

    @Thid Barker
    Here's what they mean...
    beliefs: God lives, Christ gave his life to save our sins, etc.
    values: treat others the way you want to be treated, don't lie cheat or steal, etc.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    June 13, 2014 11:38 a.m.

    @Thid Barker;

    You don't have very much faith in yourself, do you.

    Values aren't dependent on faith. Faith is not dependent on values. One does not need faith to have values and one with faith does not necessarily have values (as seen by so many who claim faith and then do despicable things in it's name).

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    June 13, 2014 9:05 a.m.

    Focus on values, not beliefs? Our values come from our beliefs and visa versa! Values are the things we hold in highest esteem, our highest priorities in life, that which we value the most, which always drive what we believe in! Can't separate the two in reality otherwise we don't have either.

  • A Quaker Brooklyn, NY
    June 12, 2014 1:20 p.m.

    Ahem. "Nearly one in six" is in no way even close to 59%. One of those two ways of representing a portion of a group may be correct, but they're mutually exclusive. They can't both be right. I wonder which one is?

    As to the subject at hand, let me simplify that for you. Love has the power to conquer all. I'm half of a mixed-faith marriage which worked out quite well. Part of the reason, I'm sure, is we both come from open-minded families who celebrated our love and devotion to each other as far more important than adherence to one faith or another. As we journey through the first part of our fourth decade of marriage, we continue to prove that point.