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The Bible seems to allow polygamy. Why doesn't the church?

In Exodus 21:10 and Deuteronomy 21:15-16 (among many other passages), it talks about polygamy as if it were acceptable. Indeed, there are several holy men (Abraham and Solomon come to mind offhand) ...
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When did the prohibition of marriage for priests in the Catholic church originate?

The Bible mentions that one of the miracles Jesus performed was the healing of Peter's mother-in-law. This makes it quite clear that Peter himself was married, and Peter is the considered the first ...
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What does the bible say about interracial marriages?

This has been a popular topic of debate, at least where I live. As Armenians, we like to...discourage marriages with spouses of a different ethnicity or nationality, simply in order to carry the ...
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What are the practical applications of “two will become one flesh”? [closed]

Mark 10:8 (NIV) and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What does this mean for a marriage? What are the practical applications of this? Obviously, this is ...
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How do Christians in support of gay marriage interpret anti-gay Bible verses?

I don't want to spark a debate, but I'm curious how Christians in support of gay marriage interpret seemingly anti-gay Bible verses? See the following: Leviticus 20:13 If a man has sexual ...
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What is the meaning and origin of bridal veils in Christian weddings?

Does the practice of brides wearing veils have its origin in either the Bible or Christian tradition? If so, where exactly did it originate and what is it supposed to symbolize?
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Does the Bible define a marriageable age?

In most of the western countries the minimum age for marriage is 18 years. (Some would like to argue that this could be 16 or 15 but none would argue it to be 9) As a Christian I take pride in the ...
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Does the act of sex constitute marriage in God's eyes?

I came across this verse today (bold added): 1 Corinthians 6:15-17 (NASB) 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them ...
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Is the marital act of consumating marriage part of Sacred Tradition in the Catholic Church?

How far back does the idea of consummating a marriage go? Is it tied to the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony? Is it like going to confession, but not fully receiving the sacrament of reconciliation ...
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Are inter-faith marriages prohibited by the Bible?

Setting aside marriages of couples from two different Christian faiths, does the Bible address whether a Christian may marry a non-Christian? I believe that the Old Testament prohibits Jews from ...
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How should Reformed Christians deal with homosexual marriage of individuals prior to their conversion to Christianity?

I've been pondering this for several weeks and I believe that the reformed church (really, the church in general) is woefully unprepared to answer the following question: How should the church deal ...
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Should husbands submit to wives? [closed]

There has been a lot of discussion in the news lately about the passage in Ephesians 5:22 instructing wives to submit to their husbands as unto the Lord. But no one ever seems to bring Ephesians 5:21 ...
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Is there any account of a religious marriage ceremony in the scripture?

I was studying the Puritans recently, and discovered something interesting about William Bradford. According to Wikipedia, he married his wife in a civil ceremony, because "the Separatists could find ...
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What are the differences between the roles of husband and wife in a Christian marriage?

Current culture has a lot to say about similarities in the roles of husband and wife in marriage. What does the Bible has to say about roles in a Christian marriage?
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Has Christianity ever come down in opposition of arranged marriages?

Many cultures in many ages have practiced arranged marriages. I understand that in Jewish culture --at about the time of Christ-- arranged marriages were considered a normal way of life. Obviously if ...
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Can a physically healthy, married couple honor God without having children?

If a married couple is physically able to have children (at least potentially) can they honor God without having children? Roman Catholics, for example, say that sex has at least two purposes ...
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What happened to the wives of priests when celibacy was first instituted in the Catholic church?

Since priests were not originally expected to be celibate, many must have been married when celibacy was first introduced. So what happened to the wives during this time when the institution started? ...
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What does the LDS Church (Mormon) teach about marriage and polygamy in the afterlife?

I have heard or read something that the LDS church teaches that there will be marriage and even polygamy in the after life for people who are good Mormons. Is this available for all people are just a ...
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Are Jehovah's Witnesses allowed to marry outside the faith?

Some Christian denominations allow their members to marry whomever they please, others discourage it, and others just don't allow it (you are either disfellowshipped or the church refuses to perform ...
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Should Christians marry non-Christians?

The new testament talks of not being yoked with unbelievers - 2 Corinthians 6:14 "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers." The old testament forbids intermarriage with other nations - ...
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Multiple wives and concubines | male and female “original” intent

Matthew 19:1-6 New International Version (NIV) 1 When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan. 2 Large ...
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What are the stipulations for a mixed marriage to be valid in the Catholic Church?

If a devout Catholic woman wants to marry a Baptist man, what what must be made to make the marriage valid to the Catholic Church if they have both gone though the Catholic wedding preparation but ...
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In which Christian denomination(s), do people plan their weddings around the bride's menstrual periods?

I am a Russian Orthodox Christian, and I know other Russian Orthodox Christians who consider a woman's menses to be impure. As a woman, this monthly bleeding is not saying that I am evil or bad during ...
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What are the Biblical reasons for getting married?

The basis for this question comes from a conversation I had with a friend. She said to me 'The only reason that two people should get together and get married is because they can do more for the ...
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Did Abraham, David and Solomon think having many wives was sin?

Did Abraham, David and Solomon think having many wives and concubines was sin?
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Are wives still called to be a “help meet” for their husbands?

Genesis 2:18(KJV) And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Within the broader Christian tradition, are wives still called ...
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Paul's suggestion to not marry vs Great Protestant Theologians

Paul states: 1 Cor: 27 Are you pledged to a woman? Do not seek to be released. Are you free from such a commitment? Do not look for a wife. Yet, if we look at the great Protestant theologians: ...
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What happens to marriage on the New Earth

I think I can safely say that humans were designed not to operate as a single solitary person but as part of a unit of two -- both as referenced by Gen 3:16-17 (see mentions of husband and wife in ...
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How do Jehovah's Witness view divorce?

My husband is a disfellowshipped Jehovah's Witness and he has filed for a divorce. What is the Jehovah's Witness belief about divorce and the responsibility of the husband to a non JW wife?
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How can Christians reconcile the request to prohibit same-sex marriage and the lawfulness of homosexuality itself?

Assuming one believes that the bible is the word of god, believes that the bible says homossexuality is wrong (or commonly quoted, an abomination), and because of that gays should not marry, how come ...
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Clarification of what sexual immorality is?

to my understanding the following is what comprises Sexual immorality. Male homosexuality, incest, adultery, and bestiality. I want to know if oral sex is included even if it's done in marriage?
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Does the Bible prohibit marriage among step siblings?

Suppose Bob and Alice marry, have a daughter Eve, and some years later Alice dies. Suppose Chris and Diana marry, have a son Frank, and some years later Chris dies. Now, suppose Bob and Diana marry ...
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What does the Bible teach about domestic discipline?

Specifically when it comes to a parent disciplining their children or husband disciplining his wife - it seems there has been a lot of talk about both and I'm curious what different denominations and ...
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Is there anything unique to a christian marriage that non-christian marriages are deprived of?

Are there any teachings that state that there is anything unique to a Christian marriage that non-Christian marriages are deprived of? A slightly different question but similar enough: Does a ...
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Has the notion of “legitimacy” been abandoned in the Catholic Church?

This isn't a question about pastoral advice, but it is being asked on behalf of a friend who is worried that her children will become illegitimate if her marriage is annulled and all I can find to ...
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If a Mormon man turns from Mormonism, what happens to his Mormon wife when she dies?

I'm told that according to Mormon doctrine, a Mormon woman has to be granted entry into heaven by her Mormon husband. Assuming my impression is correct, what would happen if the husband turned from ...
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What does the Bible say about a father walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding?

I believe this came about as a Jewish tradition. Why is this done and what does it symbolize? Is a father walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding a biblical tradition? What is the father's ...
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If one divorces is it considered adultery to marry again no matter what the circumstances were for this decision?

Jesus teaching on marriage said: Matthew 19:9 (NKJV) 9 And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her ...
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What does “two becoming one flesh” refer to?

In the bible when it refers to the two becoming one flesh, does it mean: The physical act of sex creates a position where both body's are connected or The flesh from man and flesh from woman ...
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Is there Biblical justification for one ideal spouse?

Is there any Biblical justification for the belief that there is one right person to be your spouse?
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Do I have to admit to not being a virgin when preparing for a Catholic wedding?

I'm about to go to pre-cana. If the priest finds out I'm not a virgin then can the church deny my marriage application? Does the priest have the liberty to ask? Do I have the liberty not to answer ...
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Issues with legal documents and marriage

My fiance and I are planning our wedding and are having some trouble because we are from different countries. We are both Christians and would like to have a wedding that is honorable to God ...
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What is the purpose of marriage in light of 1 Cor 7?

Or more specifically, what verses have been used to build a case that its primary purpose is for children/procreation, and how have these treatments dealt with 1 Corinthians 7:1-9? As I read this ...
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Mass readings about husbandly conduct

At Mass this weekend, we heard part of Proverbs 31 which is nice and all. But my wife always complains that, "they always talk about how wives should act, they should say something about how husbands ...
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Is there any connection between minimum age for marriage in Catholic Church and tradition about Mary's age at Annunciation?

According to Canonic law, the minimum age for marryage to be valid for girls is fourteen (it can be and usually is higher for the marriage not to be illicit): Can. 1083 §1. A man before he has ...
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What might the Bible refer to for ‘marital unfaithfulness’, other than adultery?

I know that divorce is frowned upon by God; however there are exceptions to this, abuse, being one of them, along with adultery. However, when one reads through the Bible, ‘marriage unfaithfulness’ ...
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How should a Christian respond to “Does this dress me look fat?”? [closed]

If your wife asks, "Does this dress make me look fat?" And you think it does, but you tell her, "Of course not, honey!" Is that a sin?
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Could Jesus have been married?

There are some that teach that Christ was married (usually to Mary Magdalene), yet there are others that teach that Christ was not married. Does the Bible teach anything about Christ or His mission ...
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Why are Protestants allowed to divorce?

Since Paul said that divorce is forbidden, and Paul's letters are to be taken as word of God, why do some Protestant churches permit divorce?
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What is the moral status of common-law marriage?

It is a common Christian belief that sex outside of marriage (whether extra-marital or pre-marital) is sinful. But what about common law marriage? In 10 US states and the District of Columbia ...