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Wedding rings are jewelry worn by the groom/bride adopted from paganism by the Catholic Church

http://jesus-messiah.com/gifs/kali-hindu-idol.jpgThe word "ring" is first found in Genesis 41:42 where Pharoah took his off and put it on Joseph's hand.  This was not a wedding.  The ring was used as a symbol of power and authority.  But notice it is upon the hand of an idolatrous pagan ruler.

Ancient idols wear jewelry. Some would say God approves of idols wearing jewelry.

In Exodus 32:3-4 Aaron made a golden calf from the ornaments of jewelry given to him by the Israelites.  

In Exodus 33:5 God told them to strip:  "For the LORD has said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, ye are a stiffnecked people: I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee: therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee."

If a person has never heard God tell them to strip their jewelry off, they have not heard from God on the issue!  God cannot be contradictory. He will not require of one what he does not require of all.

http://jesus-messiah.com/gifs/shiva-parvati-ganesh-1.jpgThere is no Scripture where God ever told the Israelites they could put jewelry back on!  If God said to take it off and gave no authorization to put it back on, then these ornaments of jewelry are forever to remain off the body of God's chosen people.

Exodus 33:6--"And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by the mount Horeb."

One of the sins of king Saul was he allowed the women to put back on ornaments (2Sam 1:24).

The next mention of these ornaments is in Isaiah 3:18 where God strips Israel again, but this time will send them into captivity into the land of the pagans whom they lusted after.  What happens when a person rejects the ways of God?  They end up a captive among the unsaved heathens and there with their ornaments they forget God until the day of their calamity.  Then, to get God's attention they will strip off their ornaments of bravery, put on sackcloth, and begin to wail.

In Jeremiah 4:30 the daughters of Israel decked themselves again with ornaments of gold, painted their faces, made themselves beautiful (fair), but God said even with all this her lovers would despise her.  Rings on the hands of a whore or harlot do not symbolize holiness or purity.  These symbolize more the spirit of a witch, a woman who uses all available powers to seduce her victim to lust after her. Such fornication and adultery profanes the sacrifice of purity and holiness (read Ezk 16:10-15 then follow-up the end of this jewelry in Ezk 23:40).  Even if God would allow jewelry, look at what people would do with this liberty!

There is no wedding ring in the Old Testament.

The wedding ring comes from paganism.  It cannot be found in the Old or New Testaments. There was no practice among early Christians to wear finger rings as a sign of marriage or an engagement.  Pope Gregory 1, in 860AD decreed that as a required statement of nuptial intent, the groom to be had to give his intended an engagement ring. He further decreed the ring be of gold to signify financial sacrifice.  The first diamond engagement ring is the one given by King Maximillian in 1477 to Mary of Burgundy. Wedding rings can be traced to idols and heathen religions. It is not just the image of the idol we are commanded not to possess, but rather any part of the idol itself.  Thus, to make ones self after the image of the idol is to practice idolatry.  All images of false gods and goddesses show the use of earrings, finger rings, bracelets, nose rings, and other jewelry.  Where do we find this same practice associated with the God of the Bible?  Did Jesus wear jewelry?  Did the Apostles and early Christians?  The answer is no!

http://jesus-messiah.com/gifs/Nimrod2.jpgThe wedding ring is first a circle which is said to mean eternal or unending.  Marriages were never eternal in the Scriptures but rather until death.  Afterward a spouse could be married again.  The idea then of eternal marriages symbolised by the ring is not Biblical. This meaning of the ring is false. So the ring gives a false testimony. The wedding ring then is not representative of the true union of the bridegroom and his bride. The home of the couple is more a witness and testimony of marriage then a wedding ring. For it is in the home the marriage is honored and sustained.

http://jesus-messiah.com/gifs/ring-serp.jpgThe wedding ring originated in Babylon, the cradle of civilization.  The most ancient ring discovered there is in the shape of the eternal serpent. The image of the serpent biting its tail to form the circle of the ring is an ancient satanic symbol (***satanic ouroboros) .  The same symbol is used by the Theosophy Cult. Satan as the serpent, that great dragon of Revelation 12, has by this symbol joined a man and a woman under his cult.  God is not the serpent symbol of any wedding ring, nor is he the symbol of the wedding ring in any fashion. We may trace the ring not to the God of the Bible but to the accuser of the brethren. Where is there any ring that symbolizes God? Did God provide wedding rings for Adam and Eve? Remove this idolatrous symbol from the Church and the Pastor is accused of being legalistic, against marriage, incouraging adultery and lust.  The Pastor's Church is labeled a cult.  The fact is, over 70% of married spouses who commit fornication do not remove their wedding rings prior to the act, during the act, or after the act.  Wedding rings have not stopped one act of adultery. Not one husband or wife has said: "I cannot commit adultery because I have my wedding ring on."

The pagan origin of the wedding ring raise questions about its adoption by Christians to represent the marriage union. The value of symbols is determined by their origin and meaning. The Menorah, the Cross, the Lordís Passover emblems of bread and wine with footwashing, and baptism, are all acceptable symbols, because they have been established by God to help us understand spiritual truth. Their value is derived from their divine origin and not from man-made paganism. By contrast, the meaning of the wedding ring as a symbol of marriage commitment finds its origin not in Scripture, but in pagan mythology and superstitions. To give a pagan superstitutious symbol a Christian meaning leads to perversion of the right ways of God. The fourth finger DOES NOT contain a special nerve to the heart. It is superstitutious to believe if a person removes their wedding ring that evil will befall the marriage. Did a ring join them together or was it GOD?  When a ring is made to join two people, God is CAST OUT and replaced by a piece of jewelry. This is exactly what has happened with the use of the wedding ring, superstitution is believed and this is borderline witchcraft.  Many claim they need to wear the ring to ward off men or women who might think they are otherwise available.  This is not true, the man or woman who is married will not be a flirt, will not entice lust, and will come out plainly and say "I am married."  There is no need to allow a pagan superstitutious symbol say what should be said with lips and conduct.

Christian religions that originally rejected wedding rings:  The Methodist followed the teachings of John Wesley that wedding rings were pagan and should not be worn. Mennonites likewise rejected the wedding ring as pagan. All early Baptist in America rejected use of the pagan wedding ring.  The original Seventh Day Adventist abstained from use of the wedding ring because of its pagan origin. All the holiness movements, including the more devout Apostolic Pentecostals rejected wedding rings as pagan. There was a time in America when the majority of Christians did not wear jewelry of any kind including earrings and wedding rings.  But this was to change when Pastors wanted their Churches to be more world friendly. The theory behind this relaxation was that Christianity was more then holiness and wearing of jewelry.  The emphasis on personal holiness fell into decline in the later 1800s and from that time wedding rings became more and more accepted.

This leavening process brought other backslidings: casual drinking of alcohol was permitted; smoking of tobacco was allowed, dipping snuff was ok, chewing tobacco was left up to the person's own convictions; card playing and use of dice games came into homes; women began to wear slacks/pants, and having their hair bobbed (cut) was no longer frowned upon or preached against. Makeup was no longer seen as a Jezebel practice. The focus switched from being Godly to being  self-centered.  What has happened? Christians use Biblical terms like holiness but they no longer mean by this word what the Scriptures mean. The greater problem with wedding rings is the next step in spiritual maturity of forsaking all paganism and worldliness. Those who wear pagan wedding rings are not likely to make a stand against any other paganism practiced by Catholics and Protestants.  We have a generation who now walk by sight and not by a holiness faith.

Many claim jewelry and rings are a minor thing. Indeed they are minor. There is much more to living for God then wearing jewelry and rings.  But, if they are such a minor thing why is it so hard to get people to pull them off?  The Bible reveals that use of jewelry results in spiritual decline and apostasy. It is time to let God strip us down and let him dress us.  What is wrong with that? Let God in your closet. Let God strip you of these pagan ornaments.  Since wedding rings are such a minor thing, why not remove them and let your holiness and purity speak for your marriage?

At last, where are those who wear earrings, wedding rings, bracelets, necklaces, nose rings, any different then the idols pictured above.  Have people made themselves after the image of their idols and not after God? Now someone prove God wears jewelry and this page will be retracted.

Those who wear wedding rings will also backslide in the wearing of apparel and eventually on all matters of  Christian holiness

http://jesus-messiah.com/gifs/ouroboros-satanism.jpg***Ouroboros ( Auroboros ) Sign of Totality

The snake swallowing its own tail represents; rebirth, immortality, the round of existence, evolution, continuity, and perpetual movement of the universe. It symbolizes unity and infinity, with no beginning and no end. The cycle of day and night, life and death, eternal marriage, heaven and earth, good and evil are all represented by the endless turning on itself. A symbol in both Egyptian and Greek mythology.

---In his booklet Light on the Wedding Ring, Methodist F. B. Annable writes: "Even in these times of looseness a woman with no earthly adornment. emblem, or symbol. but modestly clothed . . . and with the grace of God in her heart, may walk the streets of our land unashamed and unmolested. Her long dress, with sleeves, and decent-shaded hosiery, plus real womanly dignity and deportment, will proclaim everywhere that she belongs only to God and to her husband. Sinners will know a block away that she does not belong to them! Here is genuine protection [more visible than a tiny metal loop], and recommended by a Power . . . greater than all worldly symbols and customs put together."

 

 

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Does anyone know why some Priests wear a wedding band? Where did the practice come from? Is it proper? What is the significance? Thanks

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Does anyone know why some Priests wear a wedding band? Where did the practice come from? Is it proper? What is the significance? Thanks

The professed Carmelite sisters here do it as well

I don't know where it came from, but certain religious orders have it as part of their statutes on habits, as a symbol that one is married to the Church or Christ.

I haven't heard of priests doing this, but I know it is proper for the sisters. A priest marries the Church, so I don't see the harm.

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I have never noticed that except for one priest. He is married so that is why he wears it. He is a Catholic Convert and was an Episcopal priest who converted and was ordained in the Catholic church last year. Serves one of our parishes.

The others I know of are not Latin Rite Priests. They are Eastern Rite Priests but I don't know which branch.

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Does anyone know why some Priests wear a wedding band? Where did the practice come from? Is it proper? What is the significance? Thanks

I met some Spanish priests in Europe who were members of a religious order that required them to wear wedding rings as a symbol of their relationship with the Church.

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I think its a little weird, but not that big of a deal. God willing I'll be ordained in June 2007 and I'm not planning on doing that.

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The wedding band is a symbol of a persons commitment to their spouse. A priest's bride is the Church, and a Sister is a bride of Christ. If you listen Father Corapi, he talks about how one day while preaching, after he first became a priest, he looked at a woman in the front pew and realized he would never be marry, but he also realize that Jesus had given him a bride and it was the Church.
Many Saint have also had mystical wedding bands, St. Catherine of Siena is one of them here are some quotes from websites about her:
"As she grew up, Catherine continued to love quiet prayer. She became a Third Order Dominican when she was sixteen, and kept on having visions of Christ, Mary and the saints. For three years, she only spoke to God and to her confessor. Then, one night, she had a vision of herself as a bride of Christ, and saw the Infant Jesus giving her a wedding ring."
http://www.domestic-church.com/CONTE...TS/ST_CATH.HTM

After her death the marks of this "wedding band" were clearly visible on her body!
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For a priest or a sister the wedding band is a sign of their commitment to the Church or Christ

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Both my local Priests wear a wedding band, and whenever I see it, I thank God that they answered the call, and married the Church, as they are so wonderful in their job.
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I asked our priest about this and he said it was more the Franciscan Priests that were the bands, but that some Priests in other orders also were them to symbolize their union with the Church. Our priest does not were one because he plays the chello and it would get in the way.

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Besides the obvious fact that it symbolizes the fact the priest is married to the Church... I'd also assume that it helps keep the ladies away!

Have any of you guys seen that one "Golden Girls" episode where Dorothy falls in love with a priest?? (I'm ashamed to say my fiancee forces me to watch this show). Anyways... this wouldn't have happened if the priest had on a wedding band! Haha. http://forums.catholic.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

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I had a priest tell me just that....it keeps the ladies away. He was a very young and very attractive man. I guess he ran into a lot of women trying to 'pick him up'. He said this put a stop to all that and made his life a little easier.

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My young, wonderful, super-orthodox diocesan priest wears a wedding band. I always assumed it signified his marriage to the Church.

Personally, I love it!

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Besides the obvious fact that it symbolizes the fact the priest is married to the Church... I'd also assume that it helps keep the ladies away!

What is the "rule" regarding a priest wearing his collar?

Seems to me to be a sad commentary on our culture that a wedding band would have more "power" than a collar.

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A newly ordained priest I know wears a band on his ring finger left hand as a sign of his vows and commitment to the Church. The ring has been suitably engraved and blessed. He also always wears his roman collar the reason being that the collar identifies him as a priest and he is recognised as a priest and so more opportunities arise to minister not only to his parishioners but those outside of his parish. I believe our priests need to be more visible in the world


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What is the "rule" regarding a priest wearing his collar?

Seems to me to be a sad commentary on our culture that a wedding band would have more "power" than a collar.

Priests are not the only ones to wear collars. In fact the first to wear the Roman Collars in America were Protestant ministers! So, just because someone is wearing a Roman Collar does not mean that they are celibate.

 

 

 

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JW's Why do you wear wedding bands? Why do you celebrate anniversaries?

Anything that has "pagan" roots you said is from Satan. You hold fast to this on many topics....but some you do not. Why do you wear wedding bands....is it in the bible? What are the roots of wedding bands? What about anniversaries?

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I still have not gotten an answer. Why make an exception to wedding rings? or anniversaries? By the way Vot...that was funny.

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I agree that you should celebrate anniversaries...like the anniversary of Jesus's Death and resurection. If we are to take it in this direction, isn't a birthday an anniversary of someone being born? Of Gods gift of life to us? Oops I got off topic too. If its debatable about the roots....do you want to gamble on your souls?

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The person being honored is pagan? So showing someone you are happy they are here is pagan? Showing them they are glad God put you into the world is pagan?Do you not give gifts to people you love? Do you not bake and get together with and for people. Didn't many Come to see Jesus..that he was born "regardless of time period".

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So if something has more than one meaning you can have a celebration. Some people celebrate christmas just to get together and spend time together, some celebrate it as observing Christs birth...this has more than one meaning...Some celebrate it as giving thanks to God for giving us Jesus. So even if the roots are pagan...if its used in a meaning of good its o.k?

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I think births came into this world before they were used in any pagan meanings...I know that much...but rings being in existence before "pagan roots" is a far stretch don't you think?

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Because they are placed on you, you live with them....because of custom and society? Doesn't Jesus warn us of this?

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Thats my point...in no way celebrating (not worshipping) someones birthday is not false worship...celebrating Christmas is not false worship... Wearing a ring is not false worship. Thank you.

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God didn't institute births? common thats an easy one.

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So again, even if its been used for pagan reasons...if your reasons are not of pagan ideals than its o.k.

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