Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Eternal Marriage

I have always found it intersting that most Evangelical and Protestant Christians believe, or at least hope, that family and marriage ties will exist intact in the next life. Although, not suprising, this fact is intersting because this belief is contrary to the official doctrinal beliefs of all other Christian denominations. Lately, several of my Christian friends have told me that their preacher or pastor has taught eternal marriage and eternal family relationships during their Sunday surmon. Despite what they preach on Sunday; evanglical, catholic and protestant clergy continue to conduct marriage ceremonies "until death do you part" or "for as you long as you both shall live." The marriage ceremony ends up being a marriage and a divorce all in one.


The belief that marriage and family relationships do not extend into the next life comes from the following scripture in Mark 12:24:

(Mark 12:24) "Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven."

The Pharisees came tempting Jesus proposing the scenerio of what would happen if a woman married a man who died without her bearing a child and then according to Jewish law she was given to brother 1-7 and they all died. In the ressurection whose would she be. God chastized them for "[denying] the power of God" Yes, angels aren't given in marriage or married in heaven. But that doesnt mean that as men they weren't already married. Marriage is an ordinace that can only be done here during mortality but if done by the correct authorty, will still be in effect in the eternities. This is the power of God.

(Matt. 19:6) “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
(1 Cor. 11: 11) "Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord."

Priesthood authority was given to Peter that whatever ordinance or action he perfomed in the name of God on earth would be in force in heaven. Therefore, if he baptized someone on earth, that contractual or covenant agreement would be in force in heaven. Also, if he married someone, that covenant agreement would also be in force in heaven. The keys of the kingdom is God's authority given to man to act in his name. This is the power the Pharisee's denied. Only the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has the true doctrine and authority restored through the prophet Joseph Smith, to seal couples and family together forever.

(Matt 16:19) "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."

3 comments:

Jamie Trwth said...

I really don’t think that it is a “marriage and a divorce all in one”. Maybe they marry the wrong person and don’t want them in the afterlife? Hence, till death do you part. Or maybe it isn’t a subject that they have ever known. If you are a convert of adult age you have to be introduced to the concept of Eternal Marriage. If you are a life long member you already know this.

Sometimes we are only told what to believe and not to question it. Other times we are guided to know something and end up believing the truth of that matter. The truth of the matter is. . . .we as a church preach, & teach of Eternal Families. The other truth is . . . most other Christian sects don’t teach this.

Jamie Trwth
lattedaysaints.com

Paul Manning said...

I don't understand why

Marriage is an ordinace that can only be [done here during mortality]

is true. whats stopping people meeting each other in the afterlife, forming relationships and then marrying. if you read emmanuel swedenborg's heaven & hell he reports this is inded what happens

BRoz said...

Christ taught that angels are not married or given in marriage. I agree with you that people could meet and form relationships in heaven. But they would need proxy's on Earth to act for them to conduct the ordinance of marriage on their behalf on Earth conducted by the rightful keys of the kingdom. If so, what is bound on Earth will be bound in heaven.