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Marriage “Only in the Lord"
The Scriptures abound in warnings against alien marriage: The sons of God marrying the daughters of men resulted at last in the Flood (Genesis 6-9). Abraham and Isaac, faithful sojourners looking for the Kingdom, opposed such marriages for their sons (Genesis 24:3; 28:1). The Law of Moses forbade the yoking together of the clean ox and the unclean ass (Deuteronomy 22:10). Moses said to take no alien spouses (Deuteronomy 7:3,8). Solomon’s alien wives turned his heart from God (1 Kings 11:1-11). Ezra (Ezra 9;10) and Nehemiah (Nehemiah 13:23-29) tell us of the evils of such alliances, and Paul has stressed the deviation of such a union (1 Corinthians 7:39; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18).
Intermarriage: A Catholic and a Jew
Question: My stepdaughter, a Jewish girl, is marrying a very fine Catholic man. My wife and I are looking for a Rabbi in the (withheld) area who will perform the ceremony for them. The groom wishes the actual ceremony to be held jointly with a Catholic priest. The wedding ceremony and the reception are to be held in a hotel so there is no “religious property” involved (i.e. not in a church).
What Is So Bad About Intermarriage?
Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor shall you take their daughters for your sons. (Deuteronomy 7:3)
Is It Lawful To Marry Unbelievers?
There is another question proposed, namely, “Does a believer commit sin in marrying an unbeliever?” What is sin? Paul says, “It is the transgression of law;” but it is also written, that “where there is no law there is no transgression.” Paul delivers a judgment which he thinks would be approved by the Deity; and no doubt it would. But he does not lay it down as a law. He says, a widow is at liberty to marry “only in the Lord,“ but he does not threaten her with any penalty if she did not take his advice. And, as Paul prescribed no punishment, I see no reason why you should be more stringent than the apostle. Offer your advice as he did; show the possible evils that might come upon her in so marrying, if she take your advice, it is well; if not, so much the worse for her, perhaps; yet, you have done what you considered right; more than this should be left for the Lord’s adjudication when he comes.
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A foreigner, or person born in another country, and therefore not entitled to the rights and privileges of the country where he resides. Among the Hebrews there were two classes of aliens.
āl ́yen: Found in the King James Version for גּר, gēr, (Exodus 18:3) = “guest,” hence: “foreigner,” “sojourner” the Revised Version; also for נכר, nēkhār (Isaiah 61:5) = “foreign,” “a foreigner” the Revised Version (concrete), “heathendom” (abstract), “alien,” “strange” (-er), and for נכרי, nokhrī (Deuteronomy 14:21 the Revised Version “foreigner”; compare Job 19:15; Psalms 69:8; Lamentations 5:2)—“strange,” in a variety of degrees and meanings: “foreign,” “non-relative,” “adulterous,” “different,” “wonderful,” “alien,” “outlandish,” “strange.” In the New Testament we find ἀπηλλοτριωμένος, apēllotriōménos (Ephesians 4:18; Colossians 1:21) = “being alienated,” and allótrios (Hebrews 11:34) = “another’s,” “not one’s own,” hence: “foreign,” “not akin,” “hostile.” In the Old Testament the expression was taken in its literal sense, referring to those who were not Israelites—the heathen; in the New Testament it is given a figurative meaning, as indicating those who have not become naturalized in the kingdom of God, hence are outside of Christ and the blessing of the gospel.
pil ́grim, pil ́grimā́j: “Pilgrim” in English Versions of the Bible for παρεπίδημος, parepídēmos (Hebrews 11:13; 1 Peter 2:11). “Pilgrimage” for מגור, māghōr (Genesis 47:9 (the Revised Version margin “sojournings”); Psalms 119:54; and (the King James Version) Exodus 6:4 (the Revised Version “sojournings”)). Both the Hebrew and Greek words contain the idea of foreign residence, but it is the residence and not travel that is implied. Consequently “pilgrim” is a poor translation, and “sojourner,” “sojourning” should have been used throughout. In the New Testament passages heaven is thought of as the contrasted permanent dwelling-place, while the Old Testament usages seem to be without a contrast definitely in mind.
Alien, (גֵּר, ger, also נֵכָר, nekar’, or נָכרַי, nokri’, both meaning stranger, as often rendered; ἀλλότριος), a foreigner; or person born in another country, and not having the usual rights and privileges of the citizens of the country in which he lives. Among the Hebrew there were two classes of persons denominated thus: 1. The proper aliens (גֵּרַים), those who were strangers generally, and who possessed no landed property, though they might have purchased houses; 2. Those less properly so called (תּוֹשָׁבַים, toshabim’, sojourners), i.e. strangers dwelling in another country without being naturalized (Leviticus 22:10; Psalms 39:12). Both of these classes were to be treated with kindness, and were to enjoy the same rights with other citizens (Leviticus 19:33-34; Deuteronomy 10:19; 23:7; 24:17). Strangers might be naturalized, or permitted to enter into the congregation of the Lord, by submitting to circumcision and renouncing idolatry (Deuteronomy 23:1-8).