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Marriage

 

 

1. If a married woman commits fornication, does her sin permit her husband to remarry?

2. Why can't I marry a girl who is of this world (that is, an unbelieving girl)?

3. What must I do to know who is the woman God has appointed to be my wife?

4. If a divorced man turns to the Lord, can he remarry after his conversion?

5. When Jesus said: "Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery" (Matthew 19:9), did He mean that because of sexual immorality a man can remarry (thus in this case he does not commit adultery)?

6. Does God want all men to get married?

7. Should there be sexual temperance in marriage?

8. I would like to ask you a question on this biblical passage: "A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh" (Matthew 19:5; Genesis 2:24 - NKJV). My question is this: 'Should we interpret it literally (I mean a carnal relation) or allegorically (I mean that a man should attain such a harmony of purpose and behaviour with his wife that they are no longer two but one person who fulfills himself in Christ)?

9. Is a widow allowed to marry?

10. Is it not written that we must refuse those widows who desire to marry? Therefore the Scripture shows that God wants us to accept in His Church only those widows who are able not to break the first bond of matrimony, and the same Scripture condemns those widows who have broken that indissoluble bond which cannot be broken even by the death of one's spouse. Am I right in saying this?

11. Does the Bible forbid interracial marriage?

12. Brother, peace to you …. I would like to ask you to explain to me a biblical verse. In the first epistle to the Corinthians, Paul says that the father who does not give his daughter in marriage does well (1 Corinthians 7:38). I know that in ancient times a father had the fate of his daughter at his disposal (that is, he could decide the fate of her daughter), does he still have this power over his daughter? If a girl gets married without her father's consent, does she break the commandment which says "honour your father and your mother"? In the letter to the Colossians Paul says also: "Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord" (Colossians 3:20 - NKJV). I ask you this question because I have been engaged for 4 years now (unknown to my parents for 2 years) and I and my fiancé have been attending an Evangelical Pentecostal Church for about 4 months. Our parents are Roman Catholics (even though they don't attend their Church regularly) and, especially my own parents, they attach great importance to the appearance, to the people's opinion …., they won't accept this choice easily. I have mentioned the people's opinion because I live in a village where the worship of Mary is much practiced.

13. Dear brother Butindaro, peace to you! I would like to ask you a question concerning a sister I know personally. She is baptized in the Holy Spirit and she is in love with a brother who is separated from his unbelieving wife. This brother, who is baptized in the Holy Spirit too, got married before he knew the Lord. After his conversion, since his wife did not like his choice, she decided to leave him (another reason why she left him was that she had a secret lover). This man has acknowledged the mistake he made by marrying that woman, and he has asked God to forgive him. He is 30 years old, and since his wife has decided to apply for a divorce, which will take place within a year, he wants to get married, even though he has insisted and prayed in order to prevent his marriage from going to rack and ruin. .....

14. If two engaged persons have sex before marriage, are they married in the sight of God or the true marriage is the one contracted in the church?

15. How should we behave toward a believer who is a former Muslim and has more than one wife? Should we command him to keep one wife and to send the others away?

16. Does a husband have the right to beat his wife when she deserves to be beaten?

 

 

 

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