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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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What is the biblical argument against having a concubine?

It is generally accepted that "having a concubine" = "not socially accepted." However, Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines. Having concubines was mentioned in the Old Testament. I cannot find ...
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What is the biblical basis for valuing virginity, but dispensing with levirate marriage? [closed]

Throughout scripture, marriage practices were a very complicated system. Because women did not have many rights and were unable to own property. As a result, levirate marriage established a system in ...
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Is the receipt of the Sacrament of Confirmation a requirement before receiving the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony?

I'm contemplating of getting married. However, I haven't been confirmed yet. I need to know if it's actual Catholic law or if it's simply tradition to receive Confirmation before getting married. ...
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According to Catholic teaching, was Joseph and Mary's marriage a true marriage?

Well, I've read in several articles, and if not mistaken also in canon law, for a marriage to be valid, there has to be consummation (intercourse). However, since, if I'm not mistaken, by Catholic ...
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What is the biblical basis against polygamy in the New Covenant?

Assuming the Old Covenant is obsolete and fulfilled (Heb 7:18-19), what is the biblical argument against allowing the practice of polygamy?
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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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Catholic position about non-truthfully conversion to islam

Two people, call them Jones (Catholic) and Fatima (Muslim), want to marry: first civilly and if the bishop gives a dispensation, religiously. Fatima is from a Muslim country that prohibits Muslim ...
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What is the “present crisis” in 1 Corinthians 7?

In 1 Corinthians 7, Paul says regarding marriage, Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is. What is the "present crisis"?
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What is the Biblical basis against inter-faith marriages?

Setting aside marriages of couples from two different Christian denominations, what passages in the New Testament prohibit a Christian from marrying a non-Christian? I believe that the Old Testament ...
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Did the Church Fathers advocate celibacy?

What is an overview of the Church Fathers' views on celibacy? Did they see celibacy as a higher or more spiritual calling than marriage? Did they see marriage as incompatible with a spiritual life? ...
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Has the Catholic Church responded to the argument that sex between a married couple can strengthen their emotional bond?

This is a question I asked based on problems I struggle with as someone raised Catholic as part of a generation taught more about science than any generation before me. I can't simply ignore science. ...
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Why are Protestants from the Church of England 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 (Church of England for example) permit divorce?
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Why is God said to have married a couple?

As I understand it, the Catholic Catechism states that divorce is an impossibility because "What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." (Mark 10:9). Is this understanding ...
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Does the Orthodox Church accept Gay marriage and why?

Some say that it is "okay" some say that it is not, but these are just opinions. What does the Orthodox Church thing about that, and how do they deal with it?
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Can a Catholic married in a civil ceremony still take communion?

A couple was married in a civil ceremony. They attend Catholic church and are Catholic. Can they receive communion at mass?
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Were the children of an annulled marriage planned by God?

In the Catholic Church, a declaration of nullity, commonly called an annulment and less commonly a decree of nullity, is a judgement on the part of an ecclesiastical tribunal determining that a ...
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Is there a term for a marriage between a Catholic and a Protestant?

I know that different denominations have different rules about inter-denominational marriages. Is there a specific term for this kind of marriage? I'm looking for any term from anywhere. Best case, I'...
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Why do Anglicans have the “give away” optional in Common Worship but obligatory in Anglican Book of Common Prayer?

Why do Anglicans have the "give away" optional in Common Worship but obligatory in Anglican Book of Common Prayer, and since when did people make the "give away" optional? It says so right here: ...
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Is a Catholic “blessing of a marriage” not a wedding?

Consider the following case: A Catholic woman marries an unbelieving man (in particular, a man not baptised in any Christian denomination) in a state ceremony. Following an adulterous episode on the ...
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Can Bishops give dispensations from certain marriage vows?

If, for instance, someone tells me that his bishop said he could get a vasectomy because having children with his wife in the future is likely to be injurious to her health. Should he be able to ...
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What is courting according to the Catholic interpretation of the Natural Law?

The Natural Moral Law is a good way for Christians to understand quite a bit about the nature and purpose of what they're doing and who they are and quite a few of the papal teachings in the last ...
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Is it mandatory for a Roman Catholic girl to convert to Syrian Orthodox if the boy is of the Syrian Orthodox church, in the case of marriage?

If a woman is Roman Catholic, and a man is from Kerala, from the Malankara Orthodox Syrian church, and they wish to marry, does the woman need to convert to Syrian Orthodoxy? According to the Syrian ...
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Is a radically sanated marriage a true marriage without subsequent marital intimacy?

Supposing that a couple had a putative marriage which was consummated but was in fact invalid according to Church canon law. If the couple's marriage undergoes a radical sanation, but for some reason ...
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What is the rationale for forbidding priests to marry in traditions where already-married men are allowed to become priests?

As everyone knows, married men are unable to be ordained as priests in the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church, nor are priests allowed to get married for as long as they remain priests. This is ...
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What does “two becoming one flesh” refer to? [closed]

In the Bible, when it refers to “two becoming one flesh”, does it mean that the physical act of sex creates a position where both bodies are connected? or the flesh (DNA) from the man and and ...
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When and why did the Catholic Church first start issuing annulments?

I understand that the Catholic Church issues annulments in place of divorces under certain circumstances. When did this practice first begin and under what was the reasoning given for it and its ...
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Does the Catholic church allow a previously divorced man to remarry?

Suppose a Catholic guy marries a non-Catholic outside the Catholic church, then years later they divorce. Can that Catholic guy get married again to someone else (a Catholic female) in the Catholic ...
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What are the differences between the roles of husband and wife in a Christian marriage? [closed]

Current culture has a lot to say about the similarities of the roles of husband and wife in marriage. What does the Bible have to say about roles in a Christian marriage?
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What is the biblical basis for women, particularly mothers, working outside of the home?

I'm wondering about the sinfulness of women, particularly mothers, working outside the home. Perhaps 1 Timothy 5:8 could be understood to mean that only the husband is to provide for the family: ...
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How old were Joseph & Mary when they marrried?

A nun in my Catholic school taught us that Mary was 14 and Joseph was 17 and that this was not atypical for the day. Also that in Joseph's case his Marriage to Mary was his second. Would there be any ...
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According to Pentecostal doctrines, can a widower marry a divorced person without committing a mortal sin?

According to Pentecostal doctrines, can a widower marry a divorced person without committing a mortal sin? Does it make a difference if that person was the victim of marital infidelity? If there are ...
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Monogamy and Christianity [duplicate]

My friend asked me this question today. I tried to explain to him but it wasn't very clear to him. I actually didn't have a good understanding about the issue. The question is: As a Christian, is ...
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Does the Catholic Church consider it sinful for couples who aren't able to conceive to have sex?

Say a married couple has sex, no babies are coming out, they go to a doctor, and they find out that they can't have children due to certain complications. Given that the Catholic church takes a ...
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Is an adulterous priest still a priest? [closed]

If a long-married priest is divorced on grounds of adultery, and in fact had been having affairs throughout the marriage, can he still be allowed to minister as a priest?
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According to Roman Catholicism, in what way do wives need to submit to their husbands?

What is the Catholic teaching on the way a wife needs to obey her husband? In Ephesians 5:22, we read: Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. (NIV) I'd like to ...
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Why did Clement and Eusebius believe that Paul was married?

In an answer to a related question (What is the evidence that suggests that the Apostle Paul was married?), I encountered the following quote from Eusebius: Clement, indeed, whose words we have ...
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What is the test that determines doctrine from discipline?

Some of the hubbub around the Synod on the Family in 2015 has been (at least superficially) around whether disallowing civilly remarried couples, without annulled marriages, whose original spouses are ...
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A non-JW wanting to marry a JW [duplicate]

I fell in love with this girl in the 10th grade and I want to marry her. She loves me a lot but she doesn't want to get married because I'm not a JW. I told her I'm trying to become one, and she doesn'...
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Marriage and annulments [duplicate]

I am a Catholic that was married in the Episcopal Church 25 years ago. My wife and I have had a civil dissolution 8 years ago. Does the Catholic church consider my marriage valid, and requires an ...
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Has a Pope ever encouraged separated or civilly-divorced spouses to strive toward reunion?

Has a Pope ever encouraged, such as in an official letter or audience, separated spouses to strive toward reunion?
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How does one “leave his wife” for the Kingdom of God?

What is an overview of doctrinal statements made by Christian theologians regarding Jesus' statements in Luke 18: Luke 18:29-30 ESV And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who ...
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Does the Bible allow second cousins to marry? [duplicate]

I know that according to the Bible we are not allowed to marry our first cousins. But what if I want to marry my cousin whose grandfather and my grandfather were brothers, so that my father and my ...
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What might the Bible mean by “marital unfaithfulness,” other than adultery?

I know that divorce is frowned upon by God. There are exceptions to this, abuse being one of them, along with adultery. However, when one reads through the Bible, "marital unfaithfulness" gets thrown ...
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Does the Roman Catholic church recognize marriages outside of the church?

I'm curious about the status of marriages performed outside the auspices of the church. For example, if a non Catholic converts to the Roman church, but was married beforehand, does it "count". Based ...
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Can a divorced Christian marry a catholic? [duplicate]

Can a divorced, non-Catholic Christian marry a Catholic who has never been married, according to Roman Catholicism? Can such a couple get married in a Catholic church?
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What is the Catholic teaching on oral sex and impotence?

According to the Catholic Church, are a married couple permitted to engage in oral sex when sexual problems such as impotence make vaginal sex impossible?
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses recognize marriages performed by non-denominational ministers?

I am seeking my Ordained Minister License and was asked to perform the wedding ceremony of my brother and his future bride, who are studying to become Jehovah's Witnesses. Do JWs require a particular ...
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What is the Biblical basis for it being wrong for couples to live together *chastely* before marriage?

Many Christians say that a couple shouldn't live together before they get married, even if they are not having sex with each other. What is the Biblical basis for this position? Are there certain ...