RS/MP Lesson 38: “Eternal Marriage” (Gospel Principles Manual)

This week I’m going to take up a series of questions directly from the manual and post some preliminary thoughts and responses.

1. Why is it important to know that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God?

I have great respect for other churches—in fact, I frequently have holy envy when visiting musical events at other churches (most recently, an Anglican mass I was able to attend in Oxford; I also frequently felt envy during Russian Orthodox services). Catholic priests are forbidden to marry, and some passages from Paul’s epistles suggest that it is better not to marry. Recognizing this background of Christian tradition can, I think, help us better think through the implications of this question.

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