Is it permitted to marry a protestant who does not believe in God?


I am a young woman of 25 years and I have a boyfriend of another religion. He is a protestant, but is skeptical of the existence of God. I try to enlighten him, but it’s hard for me because my faith is weak. We have very different views on life, but still I love him a lot. I do not know what would be better: to leave him, or to hope that I could insufflate him a form of faith?

It sounds interesting “he is a protestant, but is skeptical of the existence of God”… But it is the reality of today when people beat the breast that they are Christians, declare themselves so at the population census, but essentially are atheists …

If you have not believed wholeheartedly in the Lord Jesus, if you have not entered the New Covenant with Him, if you have not experienced the new birth and have not received the Holy Spirit of God you are not very different from your friend regarding the salvation of the soul. We need faith to save our souls from eternal perdition in hell and inherit the gift of eternal life. It does not matter the religion of a person or the church he is attending, unless he enters the New Covenant with the Lord Jesus and is born again, everything is useless. To Nicodemus, a very religious man of his time, the Savior said:

Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.“ Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God (Gospel of John 3:3-5)(NASB)

The question of your new birth is much more important. Therefore, this is what I advise you to do:

  1. If you do not yet have, buy as soon as possible a Bible for you and your boyfriend and start reading the New Testament to understand well the message of the Gospel. I recommend you to find the book “God, are you there?” which is an excellent book to study the Gospel of John applying the inductive method.
  2. Find a church where God’s Word is preached accurately and begin to go there. Ask the priest or the pastor to help you understand God’s Word and give you guidance so you can enter the New Covenant with the Lord Jesus.
  3. If your boyfriend does not show interest in sacred things and refuses to do these things, you should part because you can not start a family in which to be happy. You know by yourself the case of the crayfish, the swan and the pike, the cart remained in place, and everyone was upset because each one was dragging in his direction. To make a happy family with someone, you must have the same values and go in the same direction. And Jesus categorically forbids those who have entered the New Covenant with Him to marry someone who is not part of this covenant.

God guide you and help you in these important steps.

Translated by Felicia Rotaru