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Can a non-baptized Jehovah's Witness publisher date a non-believer?

Can a non-baptized publisher date or marry a person who is not a Jehovah's Witness?
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Did Paul give authority over fathers to decide on their marriage?

1 Corinthians 7:36-38 says: But if any man thinks he is behaving improperly toward his virgin, if she is past the flower of youth, and thus it must be, let him do what he wishes. He does not sin; let ...
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According to LDS can an unmarried person be exalted equally with a married person or at all?

From an LDS article on marriage: The covenant of eternal marriage is necessary for exaltation. The Lord revealed through Joseph Smith: “In the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees; and ...
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Do Catholics Recognize Second Eastern Orthodox Marriages as Valid?

It is my understanding that the Eastern Orthodox can get married a second time after a separation when their first wife is still living. It is also my understanding that Catholics do not permit this ...
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Catholicism: Does a second marriage become valid when the previous spouse dies

Assuming Ann is Catholic and married to Bob. She later gets a civil divorce from Bob and gets married outside the church to Chris. Bob later dies. Is Ann's new marriage now valid? If not, can she get ...
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According to the Greek Orthodox Church can one marry a Maronite Catholic?

Is a wedding between a Greek Orthodox to a Maronite Rite Catholic permitted and can the ceremony be performed in the Greek Orthodox Church?
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In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, if a man becomes a widower, can he become a priest?

If a husband man loses his wife to death, is it possible for him to become a Catholic priest in the Latin Rite? What about any children of this marriage union? Can this man now become a priest in the ...
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Does Swedenborg express in his writings anything concerning the life of the people in Eden?

I've lately been interested in the life of the people in Eden. According to Emanuel Swedenborg, how separated is it from the life we are living today? How did husbands and wives interact? What were ...
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Will a Greek Orthodox priest in America marry a couple who haven't civilly registered the marriage?

A senior citizen couple I know were married in a Greek Orthodox church ceremony without ever obtaining a marriage license. The priest agreed to do this. Is this allowed by the Church? I know several ...
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What do Jehovah's Witnesses teach about resurrection, marriage and reproducing on the paradise earth?

I realise that Jehovah's Witnesses believe there will be survivors from Armageddon who do not die and who will enter into the earthly kingdom. Then billions of dead people will be resurrected with ...
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What was Samuel Rutherford's view on the role of pastors in wedding ceremonies?

Samuel Rutherford was an important 17th-century Presbyterian theologian who had significant influence in the drafting of the Westminster Standards, still widely used as a part of the constitutions of ...
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Looking for the Source of a Teaching on Sexual Ethics from Benedict XVI or JP2

Years ago, I recall being taught that Benedict XVI once said that it was licit for a husband to perform cunnilingus on his wife in order to help her climax if she did not during the ordinary process ...
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Are couples with secular marriages not allowed to serve in their Catholic parish?

Are couples who are not married in the Catholic Church, but are married civilly, really not allowed to serve in their parish? What I mean by "serve" is to act as a head of a particular parish ...
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Is a prenuptial agreement permitted for a Catholic marriage?

A prenuptial agreement typically outlines what happens in the event a marriage ends in divorce or some other dissolution of the marriage. This at first appears to be at odds with the idea of a ...
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Does the Bible provide an age of consent?

I was debating with my Muslim friend on the immorality of Mohammad marrying Aisesha at an incredibly young age (Sahih al-Bukhari 5134), in which he responded that nowhere in the Bible does it give an ...
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According to Catholic moral theologians, is it more conducive to the unbaptized's possible salvation to marry or remain single?

According to Catholic moral theologians, is it more conducive to the unbaptized's possible salvation to marry (other unbaptized) or remain single?
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What is the "remedy of concupiscence"?

The "quieting of concupiscence" (remedium concupiscentiae) is one of the secondary ends of the sacrament of matrimony (cf. Casti Connubii §59), but what exactly is it? How does it "...
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Can I be in a relationship with my Godfather’s daughter?

I’m a male that is part of a Catholic family and I’m wondering if I can be in a relationship with my Godfather’s daughter. Me and my Godfather or anyone of his side of his side of his family are not ...
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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 to ...
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What happens in heaven if you remarry?

Let me just pretext by saying I am not a Christian and everything I say is based on my limited knowledge as a non-christian. I am asking this question purely out of curiosity. Please correct me if ...
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Can a non virgin have a church wedding?

A friend of mine who is a Christian made a mistake and lost her virginity before marriage. According to the rules of the Assemblies of God denomination, can she still have a church wedding?
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Impact of Catholic Church Sanctions on Remarried Divorcees' Salvation?

Does the imposition of legal sanctions by the Catholic Church on divorced individuals who have remarried carry actual spiritual consequences in the context of their relationship with God, or is it ...
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Isn't churches charging for weddings simony?

My question is essentially identical to the one in the Reddit post "Simony and wedding fees", which has yielded no satisfactory answer. Essentially, how are wedding fees charged by a church ...
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According to Christians who believe that God is a utilitarian, why is homosexuality suboptimal? [closed]

I'm addressing this question to Christians who believe that God is a utilitarian, that is, that God has designed His creation and attempts to guide His creatures with the aim of maximizing some divine ...
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Is John the Baptist a Christian Martyr? [closed]

Merriam-Webster defines martyr as "a person who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty of witnessing to and refusing to renounce a religion." John the Baptist did suffer death, the first ...
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Transfer from one Eastern Rite (Chaldean) to another Eastern Rite (Maronite)

I am baptised Maronite Catholic, and my partner is Chaldean Catholic. My partner has never been a part of his Chaldean Church, never attended his church and has no involvement in his community. This ...
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Is there a term for children whose parents' marriage ends with nullity?

In its discussion of marriage, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) states, "The Church holds the exchange of consent between the spouses to be the indispensable element"(CCC 1626) that seals ...
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How do Filipino Catholics get a church annulment when their state marriage is valid, considering the Philippines doesn't have divorce?

My previous questions were kind of wrong: Why is it harder for Filipino Catholics to get a church annulment? Marriage invalid. Would a church annulment require a state annulment or state divorce? ...
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How did the "dubia cardinals" accuse and respond to Pope Francis's «Amoris Lætitia»?

How did the "dubia cardinals" accuse and respond to Pope Francis's Amoris Lætitia?
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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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According to Eastern Orthodoxy, can "co-parents-in-law" marry?

Same question as here but for Eastern Orthodox. I don't see how a married couple's becoming step-siblings is any different from step-siblings' become a married couple. Suppose Alice and Bob are widows ...
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How many wives can a Christian have?

How many wives can a Christian have is it allowed to have 4 or 3 wives? Can I have marriage of multiple women as a believing christian?
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Remarriage of divorced, where adultery doesn't occur until after the divorce?

For convenience, assume that this also applies with the male/female roles reversed: But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit ...
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What is the biblical basis for saying that Matthew 22:30 refers to all marriages ceasing at death?

At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. (Matthew 22:30, NIV) I recently posed this verse as a question to Swedenborgians who ...
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According to Catholicism, why can unconsummated marriages be dissolved?

What is the philosophical/theological logic for why unconsummated (ratum tantum) sacramental marriages can be dissolved?
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Married saint who convinced spouse to enter religious life?

Was there ever a saint who, while living, convinced his or her spouse to enter religious life?
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How would 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 would the church deal ...
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Has any monk or nun ever left a monastery to be married to a king or queen?

Has any monk or nun in Church history ever left a monastery to be married to a king or queen? St. Margaret of Hungary, according to Short Lives of the Dominican Saints p. 16, almost did: Her parents ...
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Conjoined twins and marriage and sex

Abigail Loraine Hensel and Brittany Lee Hensel (born March 7, 1990) are American conjoined twins. They key thing here is that they (are female and) have '1 set of reproductive organs' unlike females ...
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How do Swedenborgians understand Jesus' words on marriage in the resurrection in Matthew 22:30?

At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. (Matthew 22:30, NIV) Jesus here seems to pretty clearly indicate that marriages from ...
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Can step-siblings marry in Catholicism?

(Ok this is gonna be weird but a cursory look doesn't turn up any credible sources.) I'm asking because of my previous question: According to Catholicism, can "co-parents-in-law" marry? I ...
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What does a returning Catholic who contracted marriage in a Protestant church need to do when the spouse wants to remain Protestant?

The Background A baptized and confirmed Catholic married a Protestant in a Protestant church without permission. About the marriage: The marriage covenant was made with the full understanding of ...
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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 Early Church Father taught that marriage is between a man and a woman?

It is very obvious that marriage biblically is defined as being between one men and women one (Genesis 2:23-24, Matthew 19:5-6, Mark 10:6-8, 1 Corinthians 7:2, Hebrews 17:4) but what Early Church ...
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According to LDS, is the Apostle Paul wrong that remaining unmarried is spiritually better than being married?

Kingdoms of Glory contains the following which I have taken from the accepted answer to this question: From another revelation to the Prophet Joseph, we learn that there are three degrees within the ...
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Why does the marriage bond cease with death?

I know Jesus says marriage ends with death, but I don't understand WHY marriage ceases to exist with death. I prefer Catholic answers to this question.
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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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Why does St. Paul say that a husband is "divided" between his wife and God?

According to Catholic theologians, why does St. Paul say that a husband is "divided" between pleasing his wife and pleasing God? Can't a husband please God by pleasing his wife? Or is that ...
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According to Mormon Church, can "co-parents-in-law" marry?

Same question as here but for Mormons/LDS. I don't see how a married couple's becoming step-siblings is any different from step-siblings' become a married couple. It's just a matter of which comes 1st....
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According to Catholicism, can "co-parents-in-law" marry?

Same question as here but for Catholicism. I don't see how a married couple's becoming step-siblings is any different from step-siblings' become a married couple. Suppose Alice and Bob are widows (or ...

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