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I was wondering if anyone could help shed some light on the meaning of Mathew 19 12 which says "Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some, because they have renounced marriage* for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it.”
I have always felt like marriage was for me and am currently dating a wonderful woman who is a great blessing. We have been having serious talks of marriage and I have been planning to go out and purchase a ring.
Upon reading this verse it has stirred up anxieties that what if im not doing the right thing or what if im not accepting something I should as far as not getting married? Thank You.
Here is my advice. Since you are Protestant, consider the implications of this verse.
In Protestantism, there really is no such thing as Celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom as this verse plainly teaches. Only Catholics really follow this verse. :eek:
The second thing to consider is that renouncing marriage must entail you entering some sort of office or ministry dedicated to full-time ministry work. Well, in Protestantism each person just sets up a church or makes themself pastor whenever they feel like, but this cannot be right because Church authority is not self-appointed. :hmmm:So again, Catholicism answers this dilemma by having the individual renounce marriage so that they can enter a religious order and become subordinate to the real authorities that Jesus appointed and approves of.
:blush: I would advise you to share your thoughts with her. Explain to her that from the Bible's perspective and all of Catholic history, marriage is understood as permanent (no divorce), being open to children (no contraception), and the father is the head of the home. Also, you should make sure you and her are on the same page theologically, meaning both committed to the same denomination, since different denominations have different theology, and if you don't agree on what the Truth is, you can hardly expect to agree on other topics.
Since you are in a Catholic forum, I suspect you have some interest in Catholicism. If you are thinking about converting, you should hold off marriage until that is taken care of to be fair to her. Catholics believe that only the Catholic Church has the fullness of truth, so it's out duty to tell you that you need to look into the Catholic Church. :thumbsup: