I want to start out by saying I cannot talk to my father of confession about this, as I have no true father of confession. And please do not lecture me about how important it is to have one.
I am a woman in my mid twenties who, as the title suggests, has fallen in love with a non-christian. I am Americanized so my views on certain aspects (such as dating) will not mesh with the traditional Egyptian viewpoint of it being completely unacceptable. I started dating a non christian in my second year of graduate school. I knew from the beginning it would not go anywhere due to religion (he is atheist), but proceeded anyway. I proceeded because I do not believe shying away from things just because you do not see a marriage out of it. Statistically, relationships do not even last very long so I saw no harm in it at the time. This person has respected my religion and my physical boundaries from the very beginning-- I made myself very clear early on in the relationship so he could get out if he wanted to. Our feelings were still there and our relationship grew into something very beautiful. We both knew that if we were to last this long, that it would have to end at graduation. We will both be graduating from law school soon and the end is near.
It has been something that has been VERY hard for me to deal with because I truly feel like this person is my soulmate. I know I have to trust in God's plan, and His will, but this still hurts beyond belief and I am not sure what to do or how to cope. There is absolutely nothing wrong in the relationship other than the very important factor of religion. I am not even sure if writing on this forum will help me. I am a mess.