I seperated from my defacto partner of 22 years and 3 children together. Altough we never married we presented ourselves as being married, and after turning to God 7 years ago asked him to accept it as a marriage. I wasn’t able to then get married due to a terrible marriage going downhill.
I intend on abiding by the rules that the Bible and Catholic Church say on divorce, ie I am never to remarry.
Out of interest I asked my local priest where I stood, and he said I am most welcome to get married in the Catholic Church should I wish. I was HORRIFIED.
Since then, I have read everything I can in the Bible on marriage and Divorce. I can see nowhere where a marriage must take place in the Church or be approved by the Church. What I read is that God may indeed accept us as having been married.
My evidence is:
Genesis 2:24 states “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh”.
Exodus 22:16 says “When a man seduces a virgin who is not engaged to be married, and lies with her, he shall give the bride-price for her and make her his wife”.
Mark 10:7 again states “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate”.
Matt 19:4 “Have you not read that the one who made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said ‘for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’. So the two are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together let no one separate”. Ephesians 5:31 reiterates this again.
Tobit 7 – 8 is the best example. Tobit’s son Tobias seeks his relative’s permission to marry his daughter. Upon receiving permission, they spend the night together praying and in intimacy. The next day they are deemed as Husband and Wife.
The person with whom you first have intimate relations with is the one God accepts you are married to, read 1 **Cor 6:16 ** “Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, ‘the two shall be one flesh’”.
Could anyone show me otherwise in the Bible where a ceremony must take place and where it should be approved by the Church.
If I am indeed correct, then the Church are allowing many many many people to commit sins against God. That may fall on the Church for incorrect teahing, but it would partly fall on the individual too for not reading their Bible and seeking God’s advice.
I did, and this is what he lead me to!
I wrote to all avenues within Australia, but they remain in their stance. I have written to the Pope but as of yet heard nothing. I feel God guiding me very strongly on this.
I am interested to know what other people think, and if, in the future, set up petitions, would people support me.