At first glance, this divine counsel seems too restrictive, but looked at more deeply, it demonstrates a lot of wisdom.If a married couple starts their walk together with the same faith and theology, then this takes the pressure off of possibly converting the partner to the others faith.On a heart-felt level, the Muslim does not receive the Holy Spirit because he does not receive Christ as Savior and Lord.
As the interview began, the host asked the Muslim guest whether he was married. The radio host pressed home the point, saying that the guests first statement was a little misleading, wasnt it? Then, if I recall correctly, the radio host sensed his guests unease and changed the subject. Beyond any doubt, Islam is patriarchal, so a Muslim man must have final control in the relationship.
Maybe seventh-century Arab culture will answer this question. So this means that in seventh-century Arab culture a Muslim man may dominate his wife or wives, but not a Christian man who would dominate his Muslim wife.
Perhaps the Quran itself does not honor women, married or not. The Quran For the historical and literary topical context of this next sura (chapter), please click here. Islam allegedly is the best and final religion for all humankind, and the Muslim man may convert his submissive wife.
One partner does not have to "evangelize" the other partner.
Neither partner starts off as an "infidel" or "heretic." In Biblical Christianity, the man and the woman must have a deep, spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ, individually, through the power of the Holy Spirit before they become one flesh in marriage.