Interfaith marriages have allegedly been increasing since 2010, according to Pew Research. And columnist Dana Trent of Patheos, who claims to be a Christian, thinks that’s a good thing for Christians according to her column featured in Time Magazine.
Her viewpoint is why it is so important to focus on faith in Christ and his word instead of running our lives based on our emotions, on how we feel, because we could easily ruin our lives by doing so. Trent seems to embrace the idea that interfaith marriage could help us to be more open and progressive spiritually.
Then she tells how she met and married her Hindu husband. As she attended seminary and a “progressive” church made up of university faculty, Trent became opened to other explanations regarding God’s word besides the teaching she grew up learning as a Southern Baptist in North Carolina. In the midst of unlearning what she was taught, she was single and lonely so she joined eHarmony to find a mate. They matched her with a Hindu monk/priest, who she ended up falling for and marrying.
Trent prides herself in being an ordained “Christian” minister while her husband is ordained in his Hindu religion. When believers quoted 2 Corinthians 6:14 to her during her courtship, to make the scripture match her feelings, she (like so many deceived people do) changed the meaning of the scripture by saying “unequally yoked” was only referring to a work or employment situation, e.g. a Christian who is spreading the gospel while allowing someone who has no regard for Christ, and is working against the gospel, to work with them in ministry.
The irony is that this is exactly what she did by marrying a Hindu since they have no regard for the true Christ. And 2 Cor. 6:14 is applicable to any situation where a legally binding agreement purporting to be an equal partnership is made between two or more parties, whether it’s a church partnering with a secular organization for some community program, a business partnership, or a marriage. But Trent works her way around this by claiming their “core beliefs in God became the focus of our study and relationship, not the issues that divided us.”
She equates the Biblical God with the Hindu gods. Trent goes on to claim her husband’s devotion to Hinduism helped strengthen her Christian walk. Namely, “Christian” spiritual practices like contemplative prayer and a vegetarian diet, among other things. She seems totally ignorant of the fact that Jehovah has nothing to do with any Hindu god, that contemplative prayer is a product of Eastern mystic traditions like Hinduism, and that a vegetarian diet has nothing at all to do with how “Christian” a person is.
So taking into account her whole testimony, it dawned on me that she is one of those “silly women laden with sins” that Paul spoke of in 2 Timothy 3:6, even if she is an ordained minister for the Southern Baptist denomination. Then I realized maybe her marriage isn’t really an interfaith marriage after all since she embraces pagan doctrines just like her pagan husband.
Source: Dana Trent, How Christians Get Interfaith Marriage Wrong, Time.com, July 12, 2015.