Christianity -- The Bible, containing the Old Testament and the New Testament. Judaism -- The Torah, which are the first five books of the Bible and the Talmud which are commentaries on the writings of the Old Testament; The Prophets; The Writings. Buddhism -- The Tripataka. Hinduism -- The Vedas; the Bhagavad-Gita; The Ramayana; the Mahabharata. Islam -- The Qur'an. Sikhism -- The Guru Granth Sahib aka Adi Granth
The relationship would start out on a very rocky road and the chances of it getting REALLY ugly are 100%. If he doesn't live in his country and lives in the States you may stand a chance, but if his parents are in the States then that fear will eat away at your relationship.
I suggest if his parents live in the States, then have him introduce you to them. Start out slow and easy and they may just accept you. My Asian girlfriend married our best friend and her family was against it and wanted her to stay with her own race. Slowly her boyfriend won them over, they were married and have been married for 15 years. He couldn't have asked for better in-laws.
Remember ... slow and easy and meet those parents if you can.
Culture is Another Factor
According to Islamic tradition, people of the Christian and Jewish faiths are considered "People of the Book." Ultimately meaning that it is entirely permissible for a Muslim male to marry a Christian female. Theoretically speaking, your particular religious creed should not be a detrimental factor in your relationship.
What needs to be considered, however, is the native culture and nationality of the respective Muslim male. Not all Muslims are Arabs and most certainly not all Arabs are Muslim. Traditional Arab culture is molded by a highly patriarchal society, where the family, particularly the elder males, hold great influence on familial decisions of the younger generations. With that said, because his family is not aware of his premarital relationship, it is indicative of several possibilities: 1) Because it is not culturally permissible to "date" due to the traditional method of family arranged marriages and the taboo nature of premarital relationships in the Middle East, he quite possibly might feel angst about being scolded by his family and the community. However, it now appears to be less culturally frowned upon when boys engage in premarital relationships as compared to several decades past, a double standard if I may so add. 2) It would be best if things were made clear about your expectation of the relationship's future because it could mean he does not wish to marry at this point in time. 3) It could be none of the above or an amalgamation of issues. But consider this, because of the family's strong significance in Arab culture, if he truly wishes to marry or stay in a long relationship with you, then he would tell his family. Likewise, I find other ethnic groups smilarly have highly structured familial relations (subject to varying degress), such as South Asian (Pakistani and Indian), Afghani, and traditional East and Southeast Asian families.
I wish you good luck because just like in any other relationship, minus the obvious religious and cultural differences, obstacles will arise and it may or may not work out in the end.
P.S. I am a doctorate candidate studying cultural Anthropology with a specialization in the Middle East, and I wish to reassert that we are all of the human race. "Race" is a scientific term used for taxonomic purposes and should be recognized as that. The differences we speak of are cultural, not racial. There are no racial differences between African-Americans, Asians, or Caucasians. Cultural and physical, yes, but much deeper than that, definitely not. Help break down barriers by valuing people for their integrity and character and not by their supposed "race."
Christianity Worldwide Estimates vary between 1.5 and 2.2 billion. Other sources reference 25 to 33 percent of Earth's population being Christian.
About 33 %.
A Christian is a person who belives in God
A true Christian is a person who has put his or her faith and trust in the person of Jesus Christ and fact that He died on the cross as payment for sins and rose again on the third day to obtain victory over and to give eternal life to all who believe in Him. John 1:12 tells us: "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become , to those who believe in His name."; A true Christian is indeed a child of God, a part of God's true family, and one who has been given new life in Christ. The mark of a true Christian is love for others and obedience to God's Word (1 John 2:4; 1 John 2:10).
In the Orthodox point of view, a true Christian is a person who fulfills at least the following criteria:
- Truly believes in the dogmas of the Church as they are correctly stated in the Nicene Creed.
- Accepts both Holly Tradition and Holly Scriptures.
- Has active liturgical life and participates in the Communion.
- Admits his/her sins and confesses them regularly.
A true Christian is a person who believes that Jesus is God's son.
Those who are true Christians have full faith that Jesus Christ is God's specially Anointed One and only-begotten Son, the Promised Seed who sacrificed his human life as a ransom, was resurrected and exalted to the right hand of Yahweh, and received authority to subdue his enemies and vindicate God's name. (Mt 20:28; Lu 24:46; Joh 3:16; Ga 3:16; Php 2:9-11; Heb 10:12, 13) Christians view the Bible as the inspired Word of God, absolute truth, beneficial for teaching and disciplining mankind.-Joh 17:17; 2Ti 3:16; 2Pe 1:21.
More is required of true Christians than a mere confession of faith. It is necessary that belief be demonstrated by works. (Ro 10:10; Jas 2:17, 26) Born as sinners, those who become Christians repent, turn around, dedicate their lives to Jehovah, to worship and serve him, and then submit to water baptism. (Mt 28:19; Ac 2:38; 3:19) They must keep themselves clean from fornication, from idolatry, and from eating blood. (Ac 15:20, 29) They strip off old personalities with their fits of anger, obscene talk, lying, stealing, drunkenness, and "things like these," and they bring their lives into accord with Bible principles. (Ga 5:19-21; 1Co 6:9-11; Eph 4:17-24; Col 3:5-10).
A Christian is someone who believes that YHVH (The Divine of Israel) came to Judea approximately 29-33 C.E. in the form/image/essence of Joshua (Jesus*) to expiate the error/sins of humankind, especially that of Israelites through its sacrifice upon the cross/tree/stake in Jerusalem for the charge of sedition by the Roman Government. A Christian believes that Joshua was "The King of the Hebrews/Jews", meaning not only an "anointed king", but the YHVH which is actually the true "king" of Israel. Joshua/YHVH is said to have risen from the dead and to be the first to do so that many shall believe in this resurrection as proof of the coming of the Kingdom of YHVH and the so-called "Judgment Day".
A Christian does not follow the laws of Moses or of Israel because the Old Covenant has been completed and fullfilled in the person of Joshua, and a New Covenant has been brought into affect that was foretold by the Israelite prophet Jeremiah. The new covenant emphasizes "faith" over "deeds of righteousness and law". This is a summary of what it means to be a Christian, yet there are numerous interpretations regarding this label or title. It is interesting to note that the Roman government crucified/sacrificed this "king", yet the "Roman Catholic Church" now believe in this "king" and also the New Covenant and are Christians. So, in conclusion, YHVH did conquer Rome, howbeit in a very mysterious way in history.
A true christian is one who hears the gospel, believes with faith, repents & is baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins & is obedient to the leading of the Spirit of Truth.
A true Christian is someone who keeps the commandments of God and the faith in the biblical view of Jesus
Though it may have an associated culture and one or more associated languages, the traditional definition of Judaism is the observance of the Torah, which is why dictionaries define Judaism as "the religion of Moses." In this sense, the word "Torah" is meant in its wider meaning, which includes the Tanakh, the Talmud, and other classical Jewish texts. The philosophy of Judaism is that this world is a purposeful creation by God, in which all people are tested concerning their use of free-will. We possess a soul which lives on after the body dies and is held responsible for the person's actions. Anyone who is worthy, Jewish or not, can merit reward in the afterlife. For fuller detail, see the Related Links.Link: The basic beliefs of Judaism
Link: The practices of Judaism Link: The principles of Judaism
Link: The ethics of Judaism
Link: How Judaism began
Link: The texts of Judaism