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In the Old Testament the Jews are forbidden from marriage with non-Jews. See, for example, Deuteronomy 7:3-4. However that was on the basis of religious rather than racial purity, as it was clearly stated that the reason was to prevent the Jews from "following other Gods". It is also notable that in the Book of Ruth, Ruth is a non-Jew married to a Jew, and ...


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No, for a whole lot of reasons. Old Testament Law says that a man who has sex with an unmarried woman has to marry her. That would be unnecessary if having sex made them married. If that were the case, some teacher somewhere would be reminding people that they had to treat the people they had sex with as if they were wives. Tamar has sex with Judah because ...


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2 Corinthians 6:14-15 is often understood to prohibit the marriage of Christians with non-Christians: Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an ...


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The Church is continually referred to as the 'Bride of Christ' in the NT, Revelation goes so far as to cast the final redemption of the church as the "Marriage Supper of the Lamb". While as an analogy it could have still been valid if Christ was married, I think that a married Christ would lessen the impact of the image and cause confusion amongst His ...


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John Piper recently addressed a portion of this question in the context of Minnesota's "Same-Sex Marriage Amendment". Having listened to his sermons on Romans 1 and other statements by him, the following principles are his consistent teaching on the question: Marriage is created and defined by God in the Scriptures as the sexual and covenantal union ...


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Moses married an Ethiopian (descendant of Ham), and Miriam and Aaron didn't approve. The story is found in Numbers 12:1, and we don't find anything to say whether it was ok for him to have done so or not, only that he did it and some people didn't like it. To be honest, I used to have a problem with interracial marriage, and I made quite a lot of excuses as ...


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Finding the Right Spouse Not Really Biblical The history of marriage in the Bible seems to provide little basis for the idea that we must find "the one right person in the entire world." Abraham remarried after Sarah died and, as the saying goes, "had many sons". Abraham's servant chose a bride for Isaac, so Isaac certainly had no opportunity to find the ...


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Why would it be a sin to marry non-virgin? Jesus said that nothing from outside (e.g. not washing of hands before eating) defiles a man but what comes from the heart. Not being a virgin does not make the person impure or a sinner. If the person is a Christian I don't think it would be a sin to marry such person. It would be practical love if a Christian ...


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I'd say there are several biblical reasons, and one could come up with other good reasons that are non-biblical (but not anti-biblical). First, there's the matter of close companionship and mutual support (Gen 2:18: where God himself says, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."). Marriage, like work, was given ...


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It seems that "the two shall become one flesh" is regarding sex, although it could have other connotations as well. In 1 Corinthians 6:15-17, it says 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! 16 Or do you not know that the one ...


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Proverbs 31 is considered (by many) to be the model of what a godly woman should be. In this chapter, we see that this woman is actually quite industrious: 10An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. 11The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. 12She does him good, and not harm, all the ...


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A successful marriage relationship will need a full measure of agape love. Here's how Paul defines it with particularly relevant words bolded: Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the ...


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The prohibited forms of incest are found in Leviticus 18. Verse 9 is of the most concern: 9 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your sister, either your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere. Verse 11, however is also interesting: 11 “‘Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your ...


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Some time back I dug into this subject of weddings in olden Biblical days, just out of curiosity . This is summary of sort of what I found. Bible speaks of three "C" of weddings: Contract, Consummation, Celebration. These same things exist today in modern marriages but the order and timing of each stage is different. Ancient Jewish weddings never involved ...


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In my view, this is saying that husband and wife should work together for the same goals. This goes back to the very beginning when God made Eve from Adam's flesh as a helper Genesis 2:20-24 (NIV) 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the ...


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My answer would be that the Bible has little or nothing to say about roles (that is, who does what) within a marriage, but it has quite a lot to say about authority. Authority does not have to do with who does what, but who leads whom and where the buck stops. Ephesians 5:21-33 is key: 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 ...


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I think there are two basic answers to your question. The first, and simple answer is: Many Protestant churches do not allow divorce. Some congregations deny membership rights to people who are divorced. The more direct, and also more complex, answer to your question is: Many protestant churches permit divorce because there is simply nothing they can ...


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No, there are no reasons that would make this a good idea. In the Old Testament we see an explicit prohibition on people inside God's chosen people marrying those outside of it on the grounds that it would cause them to turn away from serving their God. Deuteronomy 7:3-4 (ESV) 3  You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their ...


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Paul is very clear that sexual immorality is a condition of heart as much as body. He says in 1 Corinthinas 6: 12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them ...


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Yes, in general Christianity has worked against arranged marriages historically. The Wikipedia article on marriage notes: With few local exceptions, until 1545, Christian marriages in Europe were by mutual consent, declaration of intention to marry and upon the subsequent physical union of the parties... As Christianity spread during the Roman period ...


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This article gives an overview of the history of celibacy in the clergy. Even the Catholic church would admit that celibacy was not enforced on clergy in New Testament times, but would point out that those who chose celibacy were held in high honour, even in that period. There is dispute over how early the rules of celibacy came to be enforced. The earliest ...


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Just as a small counter-argument to the obvious answer, remember that Jesus said the entire law was summed up as this: 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” The ...


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I think the Pharisees understood quite well that their ancestors were not perfect. The fact that they did X does not make X right. The example of David that you bring up is a case in point: He was guilty of adultery and murder. The Bible is unusual in that it holds someone up as a hero at the same time that it freely recounts his character flaws -- sometimes ...


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Indeed, AFAIK the Bible doesn't make any overt statements on this subject. It is, however, usually accepted that Mary was around 14 when giving birth, and was married at that time. In many ways it is perhaps fortunate that the Bible doesn't wax lyrical on the subject; your description of child marriage as a "horrible custom" sounds largely a product of ...


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The answer is in the verse just prior: Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is. (NIV 1 Corinthians 7:26) In other words, given the 'present crisis' marriage posed various difficulties.  The present crisis was the crisis of religious upheaval that would lead to great persecutions. In situations that call for ...


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The Bible doesn't specifically address this. Unfortunately, The Bible isn't clear on the reason for not marrying your sister, and the idea of non-blood relations isn't addressed. There's actually a chart on Wikipedia matching verses to types if potential incest, and for step siblings, there's nothing. This is not to say it's O.K. or not. There are plenty of ...


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Allowances of the law have little or no bearing on the moral standing of marriage or any other Christian practice. Where applicable we are bound to follow relevant laws in addition to the prescription of our doctrine, but this is in addition to not in place of them. Common law does not define marriage, although it may or may not make an applicable legal hoop ...


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(Note: this answer comes from a reformed, Presbyterian perspective, YMMV) Sexual immorality is defined pretty clearly by Jesus in Matthew 5:28 (NIV): But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. That puts everyone who managed to live through puberty squarely in the guilty category ...


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Short Answer: Yes. Just as a person can honor God without getting married, a couple can honor God without having children. From a Biblical perspective, Paul's advice in 1 Corinthians 7:17-35 is highly relevant: Only, as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each, in this manner let him walk. . . . Was any man called when he was already ...



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