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Thank you so much for your responses. We got to remember that Jesus was responding to the Sadducees who did not believe in life after death. Even though you may conclude that the Sacrament of Marriage is not permanent, the Church in fact teaches that marriage is perpetual!
Could you show a reference for that? I'm unfamiliar with that teaching. I know the Church teaches the bond of marriage lasts until death. If the Church does indeed say marriage is a perpetual institution, that would seem to be a contradiction.
My thinking and don't take my word on this is that I would argue that marriage binds forever until death separates. Death came on Earth after the fall of man. This death is separation from God.
Actually no, death isn't a separation from God, sin is. Death is the separation of the soul from the body.
So marriage in the old testament ended when someone dies. However, Jesus came and brought life and conquered death. Our marriage should not end with our death on earth but continues into fullness in Christ in heaven.
Your conclusion does not follow at all. The fact that Jesus conquered death implies nothing about marriage in heaven. Especially when Jesus himself made clear that there is no marriage in heaven because we will be like the angels (who are not married)
Jesus may imply that marriage is not necessary in heaven but did he say that the bondage of marriage is invalid in heaven?
Yes in fact, Jesus does imply that the marriage bond ceases with death. Otherwise, if it didn't, when the Sadducees asked whose wife the woman will be in the next life, even though she was married to seven different men, he would have simply answered she would be the wife of the first, since she was married to him first and their bond never ceased. But that's not what he did.
The Book of Revelation guides us into the Heavenly marriage, the perfect union of Christ and HIS Church (us). Since our marriage on earth is a sacrament of the perpetual union of Christ and his bride, why should it end with our temporary life on Earth?
Close. Marriage is the sacramental sign of Christ's union with the Church. But signs are no longer needed when the reality comes, which is what heaven will be. Also, the sacrament of matrimony itself does not create our union with Christ. It gives the man and woman strength to live faithfully as Christian spouses and to raise children and to help each other get to heaven. But in heaven those purposes are finished, so there is no need for human marriage.
Baptism brings union into Christ's life. The Eucharist gives us union with Christ. Confession maintains our union with Christ. Confirmation strengthens our desire for union in Christ, anointing of the sick implants our hope in union with Christ and marriage demonstrates our never ending union of love IN CHRIST. Christ is the center and source of all sacraments not us. .If we are centering the sacraments on us then it is no longer a sacrament of Christ.
You are absolutely right that Christ is the center and source of all the sacraments. But in heaven, we will be in perfect union with Christ. There won't actually be any sacraments in heaven, because we will have the Beatific vision. Their purpose will be complete. This doesn't belittle or diminish the sacraments or make them about us at all. It is all about Christ. When we are in heaven, there will be no need for any sacraments, because heaven and union with God is the goal and fulfillment of all the sacraments
It may then be rightful to say that husband and wife marries only to be united to one another but not with Christ because the day one of them dies they will look for another partner.
I already pointed out, the sacrament is a sign of Christ's union with us but it doesn't actually create that union. That's not the purpose of the sacrament
. This was exactly with the Sadducees when they approached Jesus.
No, the Sadducees were trying to prove the doctrine of the resurrection false, it had nothing to do with remarriage. Jesus didn't have a problem with remarriage in the case of death, only divorce.