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Question 57

If I may ask, is it true that if a member of the Greek church has a relationship with a Muslim or Jew, that they lose their chrismation?



Answer to Question 57


The answer in no as long as the person stays faithful to his/her religion and does not convert to Islam. I have been asked this question many times and it seems people say whatever they want to show their disapproval of a mixed relationship. What they want to actually say is that people who marry outside their own religion will lose the grace of baptism and will no longer be recognized as a Christian and so will go to hell.


It's amazing how many people think they are God and know his judgement. But why only Muslims, why not say that whoever marries a non Orthodox will be rejected from heaven? According to the strict interpretation of the Church's canons not even Catholics or Anglicans have been baptized so they are in the same category as Muslims. People who say these things should look to make sure they themselves are not rejected from heaven and leave judgement to God.


You might also like to know what St. Paul says on the subject although he is not referring to Muslims, but to the pagan unbelievers of his time: "And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. (1 Corinthians 7: 13-14)