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Re: contracts Posted by AardigeAfrikaner
very true as far as I am concerned.
Yeshua said that the divorce contract was instituted for "the hardness of their hearts", meaning, I think, that it was meant to prevent men from just plain deserting their obligations mainly to the children (something that is common even today).
Marriage was instituted to keep the couple loyal to one another.
And the passage you cite -- in Spiritual Realms (basic meaning of "Kingdom of Heaven"), a marriage contract is not necessary. The woman would not be married to any of the brothers. Not that they are sexless, but that the obligation does not contractually exist. A person immersed in the Spiritual Realms would not need a contract to recognize the need for faithfulness.
on September 6, 2008 at 7:51 AM
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This makes me think of a scripture that had me come to a similar approach. When Yeshua was questioned about marriage all his answers also relate to contracts by promise. They tried to put Him on the spot by giving an example of a woman who was first married to one brother, then the next etc as they "inherited" her according to Jewish law at the time. Since they referred to Heaven as a future event in an almost "otherworldly" context they thought He would not be able to answer the question and remain true to His teaching without breaking their law but His answer takes the line of thinking you followed here with regards to contracts and also takes rebirth into account, so that her having been married to various people in this life has no bearing on the result in a future life. He even went on to say that "in those days (the time when the Kingdom of God reigns on earth) people will not get married. This does not mean they will have no relationships but that they will not go into contract with others. Were there is no contract, breaking a contract is impossible. People usually read this as if not being married means not having any sexual relationships, but that is not implied anywhere. We should also remember that He didn't explicitly state that people can have sexual relationships outside contracts either. He clearly avoided saying anything that they could use against Him under their laws. The measure of Good and Evil in His view was Love and lack of Love and as long as we remember to read everything in the context of love and forgiveness we are on the side of the Law of God as Reality were loving actions have positive results in this and future lives.
on September 5, 2008 at 1:32 PM
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