Does religion have any bearing on your decision to submit? If not, are you familiar
with religious based submission and do you view it as similar to other types of
submission or dissimilar?
Recently, there was a discussion among some fellow bloggers about religion/faith and I thought this would be a good time to answer this question while I was thinking about my faith and it’s impact on my life.
The simple answer to this question is yes, but I think that it is a bit more complicated than just a simple answer.
A little of my background:
I grew up going to church. I went to a parochial high school and college. I feel like I have a firm foundation in my faith, though I know that I am not anywhere near being perfect in my faith. We attend church (going to a physical church is not required to have faith and be a believer in my opinion, I just personally enjoy going to church and luckily we found one that fits us perfectly so we recently became members there). My Husband and I were married in the church I grew up attending. Our wedding verses were 1 Corinthians 13:4-13 –
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
As a part of my wedding vows I promised to submit to Him. The Bible states that the husband is the head of the wife and the wife should submit to her husband (Ephesians 5 is probably the biggest example that I can think of, but the concept it also found in other books).
Then I look at my own personal submissive self. I am submissive straight to my inner core. I have a very high desire to submit to and please my Husband. There are many out there who struggle with this concept or just deny it completely (like I tried to deny my submissive nature for so long). So for me, the decision to submit does have a religious bearing, but the fact that I have that inherent submissive nature helps with that decision significantly in my opinion.