Recently, I went to hear a Christian leader talk about his conversion from Islam to Christianity. It seems that one of the chief influences in his life was his girlfriend at the time, who was a Christian.
The Christian girlfriend (now the man’s wife) spoke of the internal conflict she felt while the two were dating. She told us that she knew that it was wrong for a Christian to date and/or marry an unbeliever based upon 2 Corinthians 6:14-18. However, she did not want to end the relationship. She told us that she prayed to ask God what she should do and that she “felt an overwhelming peace”, which she understood as God’s approval of the relationship.
Since the woman felt that God had given his approval, she continued on in the relationship. The two were later married and still later, the man came to be a Christian. Everything worked out, which all involved saw as further confirmation that God had approved of the relationship all along.
Here is my question: When does our subjective experience outweigh the clear word of God? In this case, should the woman have understood that God had approved of her relationship even though 2 Corinthians 6 tells us that believers and unbelievers do not belong together?
Is it possible that the woman desired God’s approval so much that she convinced herself that he had given it? Just because things worked out in the end, does this signify God’s approval of the entire process? Could God have worked even in the midst of disobedience?
What are your thoughts?