Thursday, December 13, 2012
Should The Church Ask For Medical Tests for Bride And Bridegroom?
Should The Church Asks For Medical Tests for Bride And Bridegroom?
“Is it carnal for the church to ask for tests; should marriage be based on compatibility or on love, and does prayer change a bad situation from the compatible partners?” The first two questions deal with the traditions of men versus the word of God, and the third question deals with presumption versus faith. In the above questions, one has to dichotomize the difference between the traditions of men against the commandments of God. We will merely compare them with the commandments of God since the word of God must be the guiding principle (Mt 4:4; 2 Tim 3:16-17; Rom 15:4). Then we will use biblical principles to correlate with our faith and set the variance with presumptuousness.
Marriage is a three aspect covenantal union in love, sexually administered. It is a covenant because it is a life and death commitment (Rom 7:1-4). Marriage has three aspects: a covenant, a covenant in love, and a covenant in love sexually administered. Every covenant must have an agreement, an oath, sacrifice, witness and a feast. If marriage is thus a bond in love, then it is wrong to follow those tests for they augur an ill omen. We do not need to come into the covenant as perfect people; we need to have love and be able to have sex since this covenant is sexually administered. What if after the wedding, one partner contracts a dreaded STD? God does not have a problem with a runaway bride to even come back. He does not even hold them accountable if an unfaithful wife decides to come back (Jer 3:1; Ezek 23:3-23).
I read someone argue that God will never bless anything that started in sin. That means if you acquired your riches before as a thief and repented God will never bless you because you did not have a good foundation. Isn’t this the same God who permits sunshine on both the evil and the good, sends rain on the just and unjust (Mt 5:45)? The Bible shows it differently with Zacchaeus (Lk 19:2-8) as he was accepted without conditions.
If anyone must start with a good foundation for God to be with them, then God is not supposed to be with none of us, for we were conceived in iniquity (Is 51:5), and all of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom3:23). God does not look at the past. God asks Hosea to marry Gomer an unfaithful wife and prostitute (Hosea 1:3).
It is this pretense that a human being could bless or curse us over the blessings or curse of God that some pastors have arrogated themselves the authority to select who marries who in some churches. Those are traditions of men (Mk. 7:8). No mortal can curse he that God has not cursed (Num 23:8), and the children of God have been liberated from the curse of the law (Rom 8:1).
There is nothing like a Christian marriage! There is no such mention in the Bible. There is nothing like marriages must be approved by the church. It is a tradition that was started to control the parishioners by the Catholic Church. The church does not even bless the marriage; God does! I have discussed lengthily the history thereof in my book Common Mistakes in Theology 2. The church serves as a witness because in some cases vox popoli vox Dei. Those verses in Genesis 2:22-24 have nothing to do with Christianity as Christianity only began around the 1st Century. God established the marriage institution, and he is the only one who approves it. If the church is the house of God and the only place where marriages are approved, what about the days before churches were built as churches only came during the First Century? Does that mean God did not recognize those marriages? Does it mean Isaac and Rebecca were never married since their marriage was not in church?
The dictionary defines presumption as the act of overstepping one’s bounds. God will raise a prophet and put what to speak in his mouth. However if that prophet presumes for God then they trespass (Deut 18: 18-20). Presumption sets you out of divine boundaries and exposes you to danger (Num 14:44-45) like Nadab and Abihu (Lev 10:1-2), Uzzah (dead (2 Sam 6:2-7; I chr 13:7-10).
Take for example, you decide to do all the medical tests and found out that your fiancée or fiancé has HIV or some other terminal disease, but you still married her or him. No one knows what God can do, but you should be ready for the outcome. This is quite different from if the womb was removed already and the legs were amputated. I have not known that God has replaced those situations, but I believe that God can do all of that. Permit me cite some presumptuous cases.
If you decide to ride a boat in a sea without a life jacket because you are a child of God. Or as a student you forego reading to going to church because God gives wisdom and knowledge. Presumption will make you perish, but faith will make you live because faith makes you level mountains but presumption make you fall into the valleys. In presumption, we try to help God, but in faith God helps us. Presumption is based on the things we see, but faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11: 1). Presumptuous people are geared by self-will, but the righteous are guided by God (2 Pet 2:10).
Until then, test should be left on self-volition.
St Arrey of Ntenako.
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