From a theological standpoint, why isn’t the Church against widows remarrying

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If there is an afterlife, isn’t it going to be super awkward when your spouse and their new husband dies and you all end up in Heavens ? Who is the husband at this point ?

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Anonymous 0 Comments

Theologically, to be in the presence of God would be such a great Love that the weaknesses of the flesh like jealousy would be long gone.

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The bible actually specifically addresses these questions.

Matthew 22:30

“At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.”

Romans 7:2-3

“For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress. ”

Malachi 2:14-16

“Because the Lord was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. […] ”

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Marriage is for the living, not the dead. The purpose of marriage (per the Christian bible) is procreation to raise godly children in an environment blessed with the holy spirit. In heaven there is no need for marriage, no need for procreation either.

Anonymous 0 Comments

The purpose of a woman is to breed.

If she is still fertile then she should do her godly duty and be a womb on wheels.

(Not my religion)

Corinthians says “To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single, as I am. But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.”

I guess that makes sense. It’s less of a problem to remarry than it is to have sex outside of wedlock in their books.

Anonymous 0 Comments

The traditional wedding vows include “till death do us part”

It’s accepted that a traditional marriage ends at death, and a widow is able to remarry.

This also comes from a time when Women seldom worked and would be responsible for the household and the kids. So remarrying was a chance to get a new husband and primary source of income.

Where-as a man is able to re-marry and have more kids.

Anonymous 0 Comments

>Who is the husband at this point ?

Neither of them.

The Sadducees tried to trick Jesus with a similar question, because they didn’t believe in the afterlife .

Their question was if a woman’s husband died and she married his brother, and then he died and she married another brother, and so on and so on, who would be the husband?

Jesus answered that there will be no marriage or giving of marriage in heaven.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Depends on the religion or denomination. In the LDS church, for example (the only such example I know with this theology), marriage is eternal. I haven’t specifically looked into whether this means that people who lost a spouse to death cannot remarry in that church, but I suspect that it would have some implications.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Dude. If people actually thought there is an afterlife where it’s perfect and you’re happy forever, they’d just off themselves instantly, why wait…

The reason they don’t is all “remaining” religions have mechanisms/laws in place to prevent this, and the reason why, is all of the religions that didn’t have those protections, dissapeared (because their believers offed themselves, see the cult mass suicides in the 20th century etc).

Same thing for widows remaining: if they really believed this stuff as-is, widows would just join their husbands instantly. But then they wouldn’t give 10% of their income to the church, so that won’t work…

Anonymous 0 Comments

Why would they be? Marriage is “til death do us part”, and in the case of a widow/widower, the death has occurred.

And if you’re referring to Christian afterlife belief, then the answer is we don’t believe that there is marriage in heaven the same way it is on earth.