Marriage in This Life Only?

Does marriage only last for this earthly life?

I don’t think so, but I can’t support it scripturally, other than to say that In the beginning God created Man and Woman and together we are made in the image of God. Since we can marry only once, because the bond cannot be broken, I would think that we’d retain that relationship in heaven.

What does this mean for second marriages where one spouse dies before the other, who knows?

CARose

Do Catholics use the wedding vows that say “till death do us part”?

Scripture says that we will neither marry nor be given in marriage.

[quote=otm]Scripture says that we will neither marry nor be given in marriage.
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I remember hearing that scripture growing up. Could that be taken to mean something else? I think you are referring to Mark 12:20-27 where it says:

There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no children; and the second took her, and died, leaving no children; and the third likewise; and the seven left no children. Last of all the woman also died. In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife." Jesus said to them, “Is not this why you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God said to him, `I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong.”

Mark 12:1 says that Jesus is speaking in parables. Is it possible that is the case here? It makes me sad to think that marriage is mortal.

The marriage vows say “till death do us part” so death ends a marriage. Otherwise, remarriage after the death of a spouse would not be valid.

But I think that we will retain a relationship with our spouse in heaven. It will not be a marital relationship; it will be deeper than that, losing nothing of the love we had for each other on earth, but only enhancing it.

[quote=MistyF]Does marriage only last for this earthly life?
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yes, see Jesus’ response to the scribes and pharisees who tried to test him with the story of the woman who married 7 brothers in succession in accord with the law. basically in heaven we will be like the angels, and have no need of marriage. marriage is the earthly sign of the oneness with God and communion with each other (communion of saints) that exists in heaven, so is not necessary in heaven.

I think marriage is mortal (Mark 12). It is not needed in heaven.

We are the body of Christ, He is our head, so we will all be combined together as Christs body, nearer we won’t be! Working together for His good, in such love.
No even biblically we won’t need to be married, we will all be married to eachother! :slight_smile:

[quote=Sowndog]I think marriage is mortal (Mark 12). It is not needed in heaven.
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Marriage reflects God. The union of man and woman both marital and therefore sexually reflect the reality of God. Two flesh become one. The Sacrament is a sign of the supernatural reality. When we die we are ALL one flesh and are part of the reality–therefore, we no longer need the sign–we have the reality. We will not only be one flesh with our spouse, we will be one flesh with God and mankind. It is not a loss of a marriage–it is a manifold GAIN.

Thanks Felicity,

That states it better than I could have! :slight_smile:

CARose

[quote=CARose]Thanks Felicity,

That states it better than I could have! :slight_smile:

CARose
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Thanks, but really I have to say I learned that from a Christopher West CD lecture set called “A Crash Course in the Theology of the Body” I highly recommend it (even though he almost gets ridiculous in saying “theology of the BAAAH-dy”…"BAAAH-dy
this, and “BAAAH-dy” that)…He’s got passion, that one!:smiley:

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