The Latter-day Saint concept of eternal progression includes eternal development, eternal increase of knowledge, power, intelligence, awareness, and all the characteristics and capacities that make for Godhood. But in the economy of God man cannot attain this state of continuing perfection in his unfinished or unmarried state. There must be growth and increase of the whole man; in other words, the man who has found and been united to his other half.
This concept of marriage, with its divine perspective, gives new meaning and adds importance, dignity, and glory to the idea of marriage. With this concept the thoughtful person will be more careful and selective in the choice of his eternal companion. Certainly before entering into such an eternal contract both men and women should be humble and thoughtful and should prayerfully seek for divine guidance.
They must prepare and be worthy to receive the sacred ordinance in edifices where only the worthy may enter. Here they receive instruction, make covenants, and then at the altar pledge eternal love and fidelity, each for the other, in the presence of God and of angels. Surely such a concept and practice, with its accompanying obligations, makes for the permanence of the home, the glorifying of the institution of marriage, and the salvation of the souls of men. Such marriage is essentially an act of faith, solemnized in the presence of a divine partner.
There must be faith and courage to see it through, to endure to the end, despite the difficulties, trials, disappointments, and occasional bereavements. When one accepts the conditions and obligations of this eternal partnership, he must realize that failure here is almost total failure. Whatever his successes may be in other fields of activity, if a man fails to discharge the obligations imposed by the eternal covenant, the appalling penalty will be the loss of celestial glory, accompanied by responsibility for the losses sustained by those with whom he made the contract and for whom he is responsible.
Baptismal font in the Alberta Temple, where baptisms for the dead are performed. Mural in the Los Angeles Temple, depicting the bleak and dreary world. When the Jews brought this situation up to Jesus in Matthew , Jesus did not prohibit at all for the childless widow to marry her husband's brother, even if here were already married.
Instead, Jesus replied to them by saying that we do not marry at the resurrection before Judgment , and we will be like angels in heaven Matthew The resurrection is different from being in Heaven.
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We will all resurrect. But this is only the beginning. In Heaven, will there be:. Will men have testicles and penises, sperms and semens? And will women have vaginas, eggs and wombs that can house fetuses? Will Adam and Eve, for example, be a husband and a wife in Heaven? The Bible is silent about all of this.
If Jesus, during his stay on earth in that Jewish culture, allowed for a widow to marry her former husband's brother, even if he were already married , then this negates the Christians' claim about the Bible prohibiting polygamy. A man can be one flesh with more than one woman. In the case of Matthew , the man can be one flesh with his wife, and one flesh with his deceased brother's wife. Also keep in mind that Exodus allows a man to marry an infinite amount of women, and Deuteronomy allows a man to marry more than one wife.
Matthew above was clearly either a punishment or a restriction for an unauthorized divorce, because otherwise if the man does marry another woman, - while keeping the first wife, - then he would not be committing adultery. Remember that Jesus said:. And we know that the Law does allow polygamy. Here is an email that I received from a Christian reader.
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My rebuttal is below her email:. I do seriously wonder if u will publish any part of my this mail in ur site.. I only have one verse to quote from the Bible.. Deut Neither shall he multiply wives for himself. So what u re actually using to support ur theory is a broken commandment.. You have used many verses and derivations to support ur theory but it is very distorted form the actual truth the Bible contains.
Fear God. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold. In no way, does Deut prohibit polygamy. I wonder what is the limit to that?
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Certainly it doesn't limit it to just one wife. I don't know where do you see the verse limiting marriage to only one wife. Also, h ow can you suggest that the Old Testament prohibited polygamy when for instance Deuteronomy clearly states: " If a man has two wives , and he loves one but not the other, and both bear him sons Plus also, you are ignoring the fact that Deuteronomy speaks exclusively about kings, or one lone king, and NOT about people in general.
So even if your translation was the correct one, it still doesn't disprove anything from my argument. As we clearly see in those two verses, only church ministers and religious leaders are prohibited from practicing polygamy.
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There is no mention for ordinary people or general population. So unless every Christian in Christianity is considered a "bishop", "deacon", "priest" or a "minister", then these two verses are without a doubt irrelevant!
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They do not disprove polygamy in the Bible at all! Instead, they prove my point about polygamy being allowed in the Bible for the ordinary! Here we clearly see Paul addressing the practice of polygamy among the "believers", and he only prohibited it to the religious leaders so that perhaps they can have better time and dedication for the church. A man with 10 wives would be too lousy and too busy for anything and everything. Have polygamy been really prohibited by Jesus, Paul would not have told his religious leaders to not practice it.
At any rate, Paul is known to have his own agenda and own words inserted into the Bible. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. Titus 12 As soon as I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, because I have decided to winter there. He decided to winter there??? Paul was a rodent from an infestation of rodents. The plague of tens 10s of false messiahs and prophets at the time is thoroughly proven [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ] [ 4 ] [ 5 ].
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Paul was certainly a product of the plenty of false liars that were roaming around:. The verses above from Paul contradict his other own verse in 2 Timothy Also another side point, Paul obviously didn't know much about the Old Testament, because the Bible itself admits that it is corrupted and not perfect. So it can never be "All God-breathed":.
Another corruption from Paul is his disagreements and fights with the other disciples who were more authentic than him, since they lived with and saw Jesus, while he never even once saw Jesus. Most of the New Testament is nothing but conversations between people, which are clearly not inspirations from GOD Almighty. For instance, Paul fought with Saint Peter and accused him of being "clearly in the wrong" Galatians: , and had a huge argument with Saint Barnabas Acts Now one must ask, did GOD for instance favor Paul over Barnabas and Peter and inspired him the words while he was fighting with them?
If so, since Peter was "clearly in the wrong", then how about his Gospels? Wasn't every word that Peter spoke supposedly inspired by GOD? How then could he be "clearly in the wrong"? One of them must be in the wrong, which in either case, would also produce another contradiction to 2 Timothy No Christian believes in that. So why then take everything he says including 2 Timothy as the Words of GOD Almighty when they contain clear contradictions in them?
Please visit Many famous Historians and Theologians before came to conclusions that Paul was not truthful. The original Bible was lost! See comments from the commentary of the NIV Bible one of the most used Bibles world wide itself admitting that most of the Books and Gospels of the Bible are corrupted. No one ever claimed ownership of the current Books and Gospels.
If we are married by any authority other than by the priesthood in a temple, the marriage is for this life only.
After death, the marriage partners have no claim on each other or on their children. An eternal marriage gives us the opportunity to continue as families after this life. What are the blessings of an eternal marriage in this life and in eternity? As Latter-day Saints, we are living with an eternal perspective, not just for the moment. However, we can receive blessings in this life as a result of being married for eternity. Some of those blessings are as follows:. We know that our marriage can last forever. Death can part us from one another only temporarily.
Nothing can part us forever except our own disobedience. This knowledge helps us work harder to have a happy, successful marriage. We know that our family relationships can continue throughout eternity. This knowledge helps us be careful in teaching and training our children. It also helps us show them greater patience and love. As a result, we should have a happier home. How can an eternal perspective influence the way we feel about marriage and families? Kimball , An eternal marriage should be the goal of every Latter-day Saint. This is true even for those already married by civil law.
To prepare for an eternal marriage takes much thought and prayer. We do not suddenly decide one day that we want to be married in the temple, then enter the temple that day and get married. We must first meet certain requirements. Before we can go to the temple, we must be active, worthy members of the Church for at least one year.
Men must hold the Melchizedek Priesthood.