“To death do us part” is perhaps the most famous line of a Christian wedding. Unfortunately, that is not a vow that spouses always keep. Christian marriages, like any other demographic, fall apart. Christian spouses separate or divorce just like their Jewish, Buddhist and Atheist counterparts. Sometimes the end of the marriage is amiable. Other times it is a bitterly long, drag-out, knock-down fight that is still referenced at Thanksgiving five years later. Regardless of how it ends, the marriage is over.
The reasons that Christian marriages fail are much the same reasons that a Buddhist couple, an agnostic couple or an interfaith couple might end up separating. The strength of a marriage is not based on what faith the spouses practice but is founded on how the spouses interact with each other. That said, a religious couple might find themselves feeling more determined to keep the marriage afloat due to the spiritual element common in so many marriage ceremonies and vows.
What destroys a marriage then? If there were a single perfect answer to that, marriage counselors everywhere would be out of a job. There are, however, common issues that lead to long-lasting or unsolvable problems in marriages. Here are six reasons Christian marriages fail.