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Chapter 5 -
Heavenly marriage





On the same occasion when Joseph Smith received a revelation about polygamy, he also received a revelation about heavenly marriage – an issue that still is valid, even though polygamy has vanished.

   There are still ceremonies in the Mormon temples in which "lovers" are married to heavenly, eternal marriage. In addition, it is believed that these marriages have positive consequences. Firstly, if a person has gone through this wedding ceremony, he/she will get descendants and reproduce eternally, and secondly it will raise the status of the person, even up to God – at least, this is what the Mormons believe. Joseph Smith has explained this in the following way:


Unless a man and his wife step into eternal marriage and are married for eternity in this trial period through the power and authority of the holy priesthood, they will stop multiplying after their death, in other words, they will not get any children after resurrection. But those who have been married in this life, through the power and authority of the holy priesthood, and live without sinning against the Holy Spirit will continually multiply and get children in celestial brightness. - D.H.C. 5:391 (Joseph Fielding Smith Senior, Tie täydellisyyteen, p. 193)


What does the Bible say?


The thought of eternal marriage which the Mormons teach is certainly a beautiful and lovely one, especially if spouses love each other (but what if they do not?). The only problem is that the Bible does not say anything about it. Jesus did not speak anything about it and neither did the Apostles in their letters. If it were true, surely it would have been mentioned as was the wedding in the temple; but as far as we know, the Bible does not teach anything of the sort.

   Instead, Jesus draws the curtains of eternity in quite another way. He shows us that present-day family circumstances – marriages and children –will no longer prevail but that people will live like the angels in heaven:


- (Matt 22:29-30) Jesus answered and said to them, You do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

30  For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.





Jari Iivanainen



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