Will you change religion for love? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00

The Social Weather Station (SWS) survey said 3 out of 10 Filipinos say they will not. And this was testified by my good Zamboangueno Catholic friend and PR media colleague, Armand Nocum and his beautiful Muslim wife, Ann Sahi-Nocum.

They guested and were interviewed about mix-religion marriage in GMA-7 “News To Go” by mews anchors Howie Severino and Kara David last February 14. They related how they are able to live in peace for 17 years even if they have different religions.

View the whole interview at youtube- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UUCkdsHp5A (news to go pag-ibig sa kabila ng kabilang pananampalataya.

Here are excerpts of the SWS survey: only three out of 10 Filipinos would change their religion in the name of love.  The SWS noted that the unwillingness to change their religion for their loved ones is strong in all religions.

The results of the SWS survey, conducted from December 3 to 7 last year, were posted on its website.  They may be in love, but likely unwilling to change their religion for it, 68 percent of adult Filipinos would not change their religion in the name of love and only 31 percent would, the SWS said.

This question of religion versus love was famously asked of Shamcey Supsup at last year's Miss Universe pageant where she was one of the finalists. Her answer: "If I had to change my religious beliefs, I would not marry the person that I love because the first person I love is God, who created me. I have my faith and my principles, and this is what makes me who I am. And if that person loves me, he should love my God, too."

Heart over mind. "(According to the survey), when it comes to love, 54 percent of Filipinos would follow their heart while 45 percent would follow their mind," the SWS said. This commitment to mode of worship applied across religions.

Among Muslims : 56 percent said they would definitely not change their religion, and 17 percent likely not change their religion for their loved ones.
Among Roman Catholics : 50 percent would definitely not change their religion, and18 percent would likely not change their religion for their loved ones.


Among Iglesia ni Cristo : 44 percent would definitely not change their religion, and 26 percent would likely not change their religion.

Among Protestants :51 percent would definitely not change, and 6 percent would likely not change their religion for love.

"The willingness to change their religion in the name of love, is slightly higher among Protestants and Roman Catholics," the SWS noted.
Comparing Catholics and Protestants, the survey said: 

15 percent of the Protestant respondents would "definitely" change;

24 percent of the Protestant repondents would "likely" change their religion;

18 percent of the Catholic respondents would "definitely" change, and

14 percent would "likely" change religion for their loved one.

Muslim men, Protestant women more willing to change religion for love Muslim men are more willing than Muslim women to change their religion for a loved one with a different religion, the survey said.

Among Muslim men :48 percent said they would likely change their religion, and
52 percent said they would definitely not change their religion.
Among Muslim women: 3 percent said they would definitely change their religion, and 92 percent said would definitely not change their religion.

Slightly more of the Protestant women than the men who are willing to change their religion for their loved one. Among Protestant women :48 percent would definitely change their religion for a loved one, while 52 percent would definitely not change their religion. And among Protestant men :33 percent would definitely change their religion, while 62 percent definitely not change their religion.

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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears." (1 Corinthians 13:7-10)

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 February 2012 10:20