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As I read through the answers, something came to mind regarding marriage & wedding rings that I had never thought of before. First to clarify, many couples sign a "marriage" license & live together as man & wife. But it is my conviction that unless GOD in Christ is the center of that covenant, it is not a marriage, at least not Scripturally anyway. Gen. 2:24 tells us that GOD Himself said that the man leave his parents & be joined to his wife, as one flesh. (also Matt. 19:6; Mark 10:8) That covenant is not forged by an oath or vows, but is a union that was created by GOD. My father (1898-1979) wore a gold band. My mother's ring was a slender gold band with a few very small diamond chips. Compared to the lavish rings worn by some today, my parents rings would be likened to those out of a Cracker Jack box. I still have both of those rings. One day while working on a dump truck, just as he reached up & pulled the bed lift handle, the ring snagged on a small jagged piece of metal & as the bed began to lift, so did my 6'4" 200+ pound daddy. Thankfully, the ring broke before it could tear off his finger. From that day on, my mother would not allow him to wear the ring. But she always wore hers. And I always wore mine. Not in pride, but as you said Mr. Houdmann, as "a symbol of authority." When my mother referred to herself as "Mrs.," the ring she wore confirmed it. And likewise, when I referred to myself as "Mrs.," my wedding ring confirmed it. My mother belonged to my father, & I belonged to my husband. Just as a signet ring was a symbol of ownership & authority. A wedding ring, especially when worn by a Christian indicates that the covenant that they have made with their mate, was made before GOD with Christ as the Head. There are many kinds of "wedding rings." But to me, the most beautiful are simple gold bands worn by two Christians who have become "one flesh" in the presence of GOD in Christ. As long as they live, the covenant stands.
Yes, Christians should wear weddings rings. Wearing of wedding rings is another one of those pagan, man-made, unbiblical traditions that Christians have incorporated into our celebrations. Why? simply because it is a good tradition - and we elevated the status of this tradition from "pagan" to "Christian". We have taken what is "theirs" and made it "ours". No longer do people see the pagan origins, instead they recognize it a beautiful Christian tradition. So the next time we want to accuse other Christians (especially Catholics) and say, "no to traditions!", step back and think.
When I marry, there will be rings. It's a symbol to others that you are committed to someone else, and you vowed to keep that. There is a couple at my church who are married without rings. They say "There are no rings in the bible. Everyone knew those people were married just like everyone knows we are married"
When my wife and I were married we were very young and had little money. We bought very modest rings. On our 35th wedding anniversary I bought her a ring with a moderately large diamond to proclaim my still strong love for her and her great faithfulness to me in all things. It was just my love for her that I gave her that ring and nothing else. If showing love through material things is wrong, then I shall be judged. But love covers a multitude of sins. We have now been married 57 years and I lover her more than I ever did. There is a reward for staying married to the same person for life. You can not put a price on it, or even declare how it happens. Faithfulness in marriage has its own reward. A ring is a symbol of the endless love between a man and a woman. If you want to make it pagan, then let it be pagan. I for one do not. The bible says we are to love our wives as Christ loves the church and gave Himself for it. How you do that is up to you.
I think in the New Testament we do not find anything in support of wearing wedding rings. Similarly, nowhere it is forbidden. My thinking goes like this: Do we need to depend on a precious metal ring to be reminded of our life-long commitment to each other in a married life? I do not think that is necessary. When we fear God and commit to obey his commandments in our lives, it is not the ring that helps us to fulfill our vows to each other in marriage, but our sincere love and concern for one another. The question to a believer is this: Do we really need a wedding ring to act as a controlling factor of our life's commitment to each other as husband and wife? Let us individually decide on it.
This issue of rings is only a problem once there is no true commitment in the marriage and no peace, and also once it causes married couples to be proud because of their precious jewelry. At some point it keeps people from not marrying because they cannot afford to buy rings especially, in Africa and it is bad. On the other side it requires humbleness.
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