edding rings are jewelry worn by the groom/bride adopted from paganism by the Catholic Church
The 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.
There 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!
The 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.
The 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 Lords 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 superstitious 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 superstitious 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 superstitious 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 than 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 ***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.
Many of us have grown accustomed to doing things a certain way and never stop to think of the origin of a particular tradition and whether the practice of certain traditions is lawful or not. I thought the posting of this subject would be a good way to get Israelites engaged in dialogue so as to obtain a more universal understanding of this particular custom. Is the exchange of wedding rings lawful or simply the way of the heathen and a custom of the world?
For all those married Israelite women that inwardly desire to wear such a symbol of marriage and for all those single Israelite women that yearn for the opportunity in the future, a true understanding of the origin of such tradition should no doubt either curb or enhance the desire, once the truth is revealed by our teachers here concerning the subject.
I did a little research on the origin of wedding ring traditions and quoted some of the statements of which I thought had value that were made within certain websites, and they are as follows:
"The roundness of the ring is said to represent eternity and to symbolize endless love and that the couple is forever united in the marriage bond. This is an un-scriptural symbolism, for the Bible declares that marriage is only for as long as both of the marriage partners live physically." (Romans 7:1-3)
"The 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. The idea then of eternal marriages symbolized by the ring is not Biblical."
"From secular history we learn that the ancient pagan Romans were responsible for beginning the use of engagement and wedding rings. Originally the ring was placed on the third finger of the left hand because of a superstitious belief that a vein from this finger runs directly to the heart. Although this superstitious idea is no longer believed by most people, wedding rings are still placed on the third finger of the left hand by the majority of wearers."
I must admit that at first coming into this truth, I wondered what was to be the physical evidence to convey that a woman was married. Was it a bracelet, arm band, color of clothing, nose ring, forehead emblem, etc.? (I have not found such a symbol in the scriptures but would certainly like to hear if others have.) The following paragraphs seems to make more sense to me and conveys my understanding of the fact that there is no such custom of the Israelites, read the following:
"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] . . . greater than all worldly symbols and customs put together."
"The home of the couple is more a witness and testimony of marriage than a wedding ring. For it is in the home the marriage is honored and sustained."
"The absence of the wedding ring on the part of believers may also provide opportunities for witnessing to those who may wonder why the believer does not follow the customs of the world."
The following are scriptures that were provided on some of the pages I visited:
"But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." (Matthew 15:9)
"And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition." (Mark 7:9)
"After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances. Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances." (Leviticus 18:3, 4)
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. . . . For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." (1 John 2:15-17)
"Be not conformed to this world" (Romans 12:2).
"Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen . . . For the customs of the people are vain." (Jeremiah 10:2, 3)
MARRIAGE and the WEDDING RING
The wedding ring has no Biblical sanction or sacredness. It finds its origin in paganism, which is against God.
The wedding ring is an ordinance of the world. God says we are not to keep the world's ordinances.
The wedding ring denotes a false symbolism of unending, eternal union. God says that the marriage union is only for time.
The wedding ring has little protective and permanent value under test. This is proven by the more than one million divorces in America annually, of whom most of the involved persons were doubtless wedding ring wearers.
The wedding ring is often worn by persons who have already forsaken their lawful marriage partners and are living in what the Bible declares to be an unlawful relationship. In such cases the wedding ring might well constitute a symbol of hypocrisy.
The wearing of the wedding ring is the first step for many persons in the wearing of all kinds of other Biblically forbidden jewelry.
The wedding ring is not an essential part of a valid marriage. It is altogether unnecessary when marriage partners are guided by the Bible principles of true love and purity. It is less than worthless when marriage partners are not motivated by the Bible principles of love and purity and are not true to each other in their marriage union. "Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife [not some other man's wife] even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband [not some other woman's husband]" (Ephesians 5:33).
Some will protest, "But my preacher says it is all right." Or "My church has promoted this practice for years. In fact, almost everyone does it."
But the most important question is, "What does God say?" No preacher and no church can alter God's Word.
Our Lord Jesus Christ "gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father" (Galatians 1:4).
Aaron M Shank
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