**Sorry for the Long Post** Hey all, I thought I might come here to you guys just to see what you have to say. I've thought about writing girl troubles here before, but I decided not to. However I am just curious of people's opinions on this. Let me start off by saying I have a girlfriend of 5 1/2 months that I absolutely adore. We have fun together, get along, everything... things are great - except for one thing... (Please don't turn this into a religion discussion) I was born and raised in a Christian home and was taught that a Christian should not marry a Non-Christian. Yes, you guessed it... she is a "Non-Christian." I'm kind of in the middle as to what to believe in... in regards to my faith. I don't know if I believe it all, if I should live by it... but at the same time I think I should and I do believe in parts of it. Anyways... My parents do not like the idea. They say that if I were to marry her right now, it would be the mistake of my life. Now I don't plan on marrying her any time soon... as that is just stupid but are we both 'wasting our time?' (Not meant in that regard... but is the relationship actually going to go somewhere?) My parents said that if things get too serious they will break ties off with her and I won't be able to date her. They say she is just not 'marriage material,' yet she is a great, wonderful person. They believe this is the most important part about marriage, and that it determines a lot of things. They think we could get in a fight and she just might take off, she might be tempted to cheat, lots of things like this... Now I do not take this very well at all. Whenever I am in a relationship I am very attatched to that person. If I love someone... I love them. I love my girlfriend. My parents don't think its a good idea and I'm sure if they could they would want it over right now. This isn't want I want at all... They keep asking me to bring her to church, and I've told her.... she said she would try it. But the thing is, this is just forcing religion down her throat and basically forcing her to become a Christian if she wants to be with me. I just got off the phone with her... we talked for a little over 3 hours. We've decided that we are going to go without a week of talking or seeing each other and she will see how much she really misses me or how much I mean to her. If she does, then she will try the whole church thing and we'll see how that goes. It sucks that this has come up now, because it is my birthday in 8 days and she has to get me a present and whatever, she's planned something special for us etc... so we are still going to do that. It's hard because there is nothing that I can do. It's basically all up to her. It's not something we can share.. if things are going to change its gotta be up to her, and I don't think that's fair. I wish I could do something. Anyways, I guess I'll stop there... but do any of you guys have advice? Do you think what my parents are saying is right? Am I letting my heart take over my brain? Is this just a relationship that isn't going to work? If possible I want the outcome of this for me and her to stay together, but it can't happen if things continue the way they are now. Help? Oh, and if any of you guys have similar stories please share... I'm interested in what happened.