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There is no mention in the Bible either of clergy-officiated marriage ceremonies or of state-officiated marriage ceremonies. That's because neither of them existed in Judaeo-Christian society until relatively recently. Marriage ceremonies officiated by a priest or minister emerged only in the 1500s, and took another two or three centuries after that to ...


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Scriptures indicating the authority of government and the importance of obedience to it would, in the absence of other scriptures, indicate the courthouse marriage ceremony as more preferable. Scriptures indicating the importance of the ministerial priesthood in the life of the laity and scriptures relating to the conferral of the other various sacraments ...


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“Preferable” using what as a standard? It is difficult to judge unless we know what yardstick to use. Are you asking which one God would look more favorably on? Or which one would bring you greater benefit? If the latter, it depends on what you count as more important. The consequences of having the first type of marriage is that you would be denied ...


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This is going to be tricky. The Orthodox Church's rules on mixed marriages are similar to those of the Roman Church. If a Catholic is marrying an Orthodox Christian in the Church she will be required to agree that the children will be raised Orthodox. This is a major reason why religiously mixed marriages are discouraged, especially if/when both parties have ...


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According to the Catholic Church, your daughter's marriage to a non-Catholic, without her bishop's permission, is invalid; so she would absolutely need to marry in the Catholic Church. From the section "Mixed Marriages" of the Code of Canon Law: Can. 1124 Without express permission of the competent authority, a marriage is prohibited between two ...


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From your comments on other answers, it is clear that what you are really asking is if biblical nuptials are a religious or civic/contractual affair. The answer really is that Biblically, it is both. This is because in Biblical times, the Israelight nation lived in a theocracy. The books of Exodus, Leviticus and Dueteronomy have large swaths dedicated to ...


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There are NO wedding ceremonies in Scripture. Isaac took Rebecca to be his wife. How did he take her? By consummation. "Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother Sarah's tent. He took her as his wife and loved her." (Gen 24:67 KJV)


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From what I see, many wives do not support their husbands' ministry, but either have their own non-overlapping ministry, or simply are not interested in participating for other reasons, such as preferring more worldly pursuits. For most of human history the primary social construct was the family. The idea of a help meet for the husband was more applicable ...



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