Protestant views on interracial dating

A good marriage should grow and develop gradually from understanding and not impulse, from true loyalty and not just sheer indulgence.The institution of marriage provides a fine basis for the development of culture, a delightful association of two individuals to be nurtured, and to be free from loneliness, deprivation and fear.Knowing the frailties of human nature, the Buddha did, in one of His precepts, advise His followers of refrain from committing adultery or sexual misconduct.The Buddhist views on marriage are very liberal: in Buddhism, marriage is regarded entirely as personal and individual concern, and not as a religious duty.Man must realize the difficulties, the trials and tribulations that he has to undergo just to maintain a wife and a family.

There must be no thought of either man or woman being superior -- each is complementary to the other, a partnership of equality, exuding gentleness, generosity, calm and dedication.

There is no reason for Buddhists to oppose birth control.

They are at liberty to use any of the old or modern measures to prevent conception.

There is no killing involved and there is no akusala kamma.

But if they take any action to have an abortion, this action is wrong because it involves taking away or destroying a visible or invisible life. When a female conceives, there is a being in her womb and this fulfills the first condition.

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