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Why are Adam and Eve considered married?

Genesis 2:24–25 (ESV): Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ...
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Can a non-Catholic receive Baptism (to formally marry a Catholic), without converting to the Catholic faith?

Once she receives the sacrament of Baptism, is she required to convert to Catholicism for that Baptism - and therefore the marriage - to be valid in the eyes of the Church and in the eyes of God? ...
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Is a marriage between a transman and transwoman in accordance with Roman Catholic canon law?

TR;DR So long as the persons have not rendered themselves impotent, there is nothing preventing two transgender persons from marrying one another. However, the Church essentially recognizes only the ...
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On the topic of marriage in heaven, how does the LDS church reconcile Matthew 22:23-33?

It's important to understand who 'they' refer to. From verse 23 we know the Lord is talking directly to the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection. They were asking a question to bait/trap ...
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Has the Catholic Church ever opposed interracial marriage?

The answer, in essence, is “no.” In principle, there is no obstacle to the marriage of any baptized Catholic man to any baptized Catholic woman, regardless of race. This is a principle at least as ...
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What is the Biblical basis for it being wrong for couples to live together “chastely” before marriage?

From your comments you are asking strictly about members of the opposite sex who live in the same house, without any kind of sexual relations. There is, as far as I know, no absolute prohibition on ...
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Did Martin Luther ever admit that his approval of Philip's bigamy was wrong?

Luther did not recant. From: John Alfred Faulkner, "Luther and the Bigamous Marriage of Philip of Hesse, The American Journal of Theology Vol. 17, No. 2 (Apr., 1913), pp. 206-231 (on pp. 228-9) - ...
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Why was having concubines not a sin like adultery?

Having multiple wives was permitted (though not exactly endorsed) in the Law of Moses. Adultery is having (or desiring) an intimate relationship with someone who's already married (to someone else). ...
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In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, if a man becomes a widower, can he become a priest?

In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, if a man becomes a widower, can he become a priest? The short answer is: Absolutely I know a priest in the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma who became a permanent ...
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Can Bishops give dispensations from certain marriage vows?

What a “dispensation” is First of all, a “dispensation” is a legal term, in which the competent authority relieves one of its subjects from having to follow a law (or part of a law) in a particular ...
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Are Catholics allowed to leave marriage in order to become a monk or nun?

From Roman Cholij's Priestly celibacy in patristics and in the history of the Church: Although perhaps strange to our own modern ways of thinking, absolute marital continence was far from unknown or ...
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In the Catholic Church, what are the options for a person whose spouse abandons them?

There's not a lot that can be done in this particular instance. One possibility is for Alice to argue that if Ben saw fit to leave, he didn't seem to be taking the marriage vows very seriously, and ...
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If marriage is not a sacrament for reformed churches, how to interpret Ephesians 5:32?

This question at first seemed like a non sequitur to me, but it actually comes from an interesting place. The Eastern Orthodox churches use the Greek word μυστήριον (musterion) to refer to sacraments, ...
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Why did Clement and Eusebius believe that Paul was married?

Clement of Alexander likely was referring to Philippians 4:3 Yes, I ask you also, true companion (σύζυγε), help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with ...
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Does the Catholic Church consider it sinful for couples who aren't able to conceive to have sex?

I believe this to be a valid question because there can be confusion here. HUMANEA VITAE 11. The sexual activity, in which husband and wife are intimately and chastely united with one another, ...
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Is there a term for children whose parents' marriage ends with nullity?

Yes, there is a term: legitimate children Canon 1137 of The Code of Canon Law: “The children conceived or born of a valid or putative marriage are legitimate.” Canon 1061 of the Code of Canon ...
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Why are Adam and Eve considered married?

There were no priests then who could marry them. But given that priests are only God's representatives on Earth, God clearly could marry them. Genesis 1:28, already quoted by others, can be understood ...
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Unexpected sexual incompatibility in marriage

(This is not really a 'Christian' answer, but then your question isn't really a 'Christian' question.) If 'sexual chemistry' is a thing, is there any guarantee that it will survive a wedding, or 7, ...
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Is a Catholic annulment divorce in a Catholic way?

The short answer is "no," an annulment is not a Catholic divorce. Although the term "annulment" has come into common use, it is somewhat misleading, since it makes it seem as if an ...
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Why did Clement and Eusebius believe that Paul was married?

What an interesting find! The Biblical text in view is indeed 1 Cor 9. The key to understanding how they derived this interpretation is knowing what Clement and Eusebius meant by the words translated ...
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Why is God said to have married a couple?

The Essentials Marriage is a Sacrament. The Church has nothing to do with a divorce. (That's a civil matter). The passages in Matthew 19 and Mark 10 are pretty clear about Moses permitting divorce ...
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Did the early church accept lifelong, faithful concubinage?

Pope Calixtus I, who died around 222, permitted the marriage of high born women to men of a lower class, and even to slaves. This was contrary to Roman law, so the Pope was recognising as validly ...
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Can a bishop allow Marriage between cousins?

Can a bishop allow Marriage between cousins? The short answer is yes: first cousins can marry if the diocesan bishop grants an appropriate dispensation. To understand the question at hand let us ...
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Does God intend or call some people to live alone forever in their life?

Does God intend or call some people to live alone forever in their life? The short answer is that it is very possible. There are four basic states of life within the Catholic Church: marriage, ...
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What are the stipulations for a mixed marriage to be valid in the Catholic Church?

According to the 1983 Code of Canon Law, mixed marriages (where one party is non-Catholic) require permission from the "local ordinary" or bishop (Can. 1124). The children must be baptized ...
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What is the biblical basis against polygamy in the New Covenant?

God's Standard Should Be Our Standard The biblical standard regarding marriage, from Genesis to Revelation is One groom, one bride, what e'er betide. Or in slightly less old fashioned verbiage: One ...
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Are Catholics allowed to leave marriage in order to become a monk or nun?

First of all, there is a difference between a monk, or a nun, and a person in consecrated life more generally: monks and nuns belong to cloistered orders and don't generally go "out into the world", ...
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Does the Catholic Church still stand behind Deuteronomy 22:28-29?

As someone else stated in an answer to a similar question of yours, "The Catholic Church does stand behind the verse, but insists that it be read in context, and in the context of the literary genre ...
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What is the Biblical basis for it being wrong for couples to live together “chastely” before marriage?

What is the Biblical basis for it being wrong for couples to live together chastely before marriage? Living together “chastely” may be like trying to diet in a grocery store. The Bible describes two ...
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Has the Catholic Church responded to the argument that sex between a married couple can strengthen their emotional bond?

There are a number of aspects to the O.P.’s question, but it seems to center around the question, “Must the marital act be done for the sake of procreation?” or said in other words, “Must the couple ...
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