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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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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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What are the necessary circumstances that qualify a marriage for annulment in the Catholic Church?

I understand that the Catholic Church issues annulments under certain circumstances for some marriages. What are the specific circumstances necessary to qualify a marriage for an annulment? I'm ...
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Can Eastern Orthodox Christians attend secular weddings? [closed]

My mother is Russian Orthodox and refuses to attend my sister's secular outdoor wedding. She is referring to it as a neo-pagan revival because my sister will be barefoot for part of the ceremony and ...
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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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Is masturbation equivalent to premarital sex? [closed]

I apologize for any ignorance I may display in my asking this question but I'm a little confused. I have been searching for the meaning of sexual immorality in order to fully understand what the ...
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What is the Jehovah's Witnesses response to mixed marriage with a Christian of another denomination? [duplicate]

What are the consequences in the Jehovah's Witnesses church, when a member marries a non-JW Christian?
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Do divorced non-Catholics need an annulment to marry in the Catholic Church?

Here's something I've got no idea about. In the case where one party is married in a Baptist Church but divorced and the other party has no encumbrances. Barring quarrelsome arguments I can't answer ...
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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 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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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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Why was having concubines not a sin like adultery?

The Old Testament records many instances of men having concubines or many wives. Why did having concubines not fall under the sin of adultery? 2 Samuel 5:13 - "After he left Hebron, David took more ...
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To a Wesleyan, what is marriage?

Really, this question can also be answered from other similar viewpoints to Wesleyan, such as Methodist or perhaps Lutheran. The closer to Wesleyan, the better. Anyway, just as the title asks: what ...
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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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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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Interfaith marriage in Christianity with Bible reference [closed]

I am a Muslim...and I need to learn about interfaith marriage in Christianity with Bible references.
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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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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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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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Do any sects permit consensual open marriages?

1 Corinthians 7:4 says: The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his ...
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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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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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Is civil divorce OK for Catholics, are there mitigating circumstances?

This is not a pastoral advice question, I'm happily married. I just really don't know the answer to this question to help a friend, so I guess it's pastoral pastoral advice, but I definitely don't ...
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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 Christian marry his deceased brother's wife?

Matthew 22:24 (KJV) Saying, "Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother." In general do Christians believe it is OK ...
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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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According to the Bible, is it a sin to marry a non-virgin?

According to the Bible, is it a sin to marry someone who is not a virgin? For the purpose of this question, lets exclude dealing with the following scenarios: the special cases of somebody not ...
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Can ministers of other denominations marry people in a Catholic church? [closed]

Can ministers from other Christian denominations, for example a United Church Reverend, perform the marriage sacrament in a Catholic Church?
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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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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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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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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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Children of Adam and Eve [duplicate]

What is the differentiation between " sons of God" and "daughters of men" referred to in Genesis 6:1-2. Is it that there were extra-terrestrial human-like beings at the beginning of creation on earth ...
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Unexpected sexual incompatibility in marriage [closed]

The Bible teaches that sex should be limited to married couples. But these days many people in Western societies think that it is wise for a couple to sleep together before getting married so that ...
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Is an adulterous priest still a priest?

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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Catholic Marriage to an Infertile spouse

As I understand it, the Catholic Church teaches that there are 3 purposes to a marriage: (According to http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=5822) Procreation and education ...
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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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Is adultery grounds for excommunication or other discipline in a Jehovah's Witness Church?

I think the title says it all. Are there rules/guidelines for Church Discipline for members of the Church that are blatantly involved in adultery? Specifically, I'm referring to well-known, ...
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Divorce because of sexual immorality [closed]

Does adultery of the heart as described by Jesus in Matthew 5:28 constitute the same form of "sexual immorality" given as an exception for divorce being permissible in Matthew 19:9? In John 8:3-11 ...
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Why is there no marriage in Heaven?

Why did Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven? Mark 12:25 NIV When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. Is it because ...
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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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Can a Catholic marriage be annulled because one doesn't believe to Sacred Trinity anymore?

The Roman Rota is the highest appellate tribunal of the Roman Catholic Church, with respect to both Latin-rite members and the eastern-rite members and is, with respect to judicial trials conducted in ...
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Are those that enter into a marriage that is later annulled required to do any penance?

I understand that in Catholicism, annulments are sometimes issued for marriages that meet certain criteria. I'm wondering if the simple fact that the couple entered into a marriage that was not right ...
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Is God in control? [closed]

I have been confused by several people telling me different things concerning God being in control. Is God in control over each detail of our lives? For example: who we get married to who we date ...
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Is the register where the first marriage was registered still available?

I read that the Church had little to do with marriage till the 13th century, when it took legal control of marriage. Then, Church registration followed. My questions are: Where was the first ...
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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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Is parent disaproval a Biblical reason why two believers could not marry [closed]

My daughter is engaged to another believer. But his parents do not approve because of our financial status and other preferences they have for him. But what does scripture say about two believers that ...
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In LDS teaching, do gods and goddesses produce spiritual offspring forever?

I understand that the LDS Church teaches that some men will progress to godhood in the afterlife, have a wife or wives, and produce spiritual children with spirit bodies, which later must inhabit ...
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Are there any churches that claim to be Sola Sciptura that also are pro gay-marriage?

A friend of mine has posited that it is impossible to be Sola Scriptura and also be pro gay-marriage. I think he is right in a traditional sense. However, I am curious to know if there any churches ...
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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 ...