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Are Annulments Biblical

Is annulment acceptable biblically speaking? I'm sure it varies from denomination to denomination. Divorce is not acceptable except for adultery. My understanding is that an annulment voids the marriage vs. ending it. What are acceptable reasons for an annulment? Not consumating the marriage?

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defraudment, where the spouse conceals information that if such were revealed prior to the marriage, the spouse would not have married, such as: bigamy, a different religion, fertility/impotence or medical conditions, current illegal or criminal activity, etc.
---Eloy on 1/26/08


Annulment,annulment,annulment.....Another fantastic RC invention. Another loophole if you will.They can skirt around not calling it a divorce all they want, but God knows and sees what they are doing. I know a RC who has been MARRIED 3 times, NEVER divorced though..just had 3 annulments....GIVE ME A BREAK!
---Dima on 5/19/07


Show me scripture ...I have never seen annulments in the Bible.
---sam on 5/19/07


(I.)m, Consummating doesn't have anything to do with it(some marriages work well without the consummation), Marriage vows before God are binding with the exception of adultery. In some cases a person can accidentally marry their sibling, or worst their parent(In such a highly technical age, this is becoming more and more probable) God is JUST and wouldnt force a person to remain in such a union(godly wisdom is important).
---Mrs._Morgan on 12/7/06


(II.)m, Also I believe that if a person is literally forced into a marriage against their WILL( with violence/threats, basically captivity), That God will not require a person to remain in such a union. This type of thing happens all around the world, a person is held captive(sex slavery),forced into marriage, some manage to escape that ordeal. God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 12/7/06




Well put Jack: An annulment says that the marriage had been invalid and void from the very beginning--that is "null".**

I forget to mention that a divorce acknowledges that there was a legitimate marriage to start with, but is now terminated by judicial decree.
---Christina on 12/7/06


Mrs Morgan: Christina, In special cases like yours a annulment is Biblically sound, But in many other cases it isn't, It depends on the case. God Bless!

Thank you and bless you too
---Christina on 12/7/06


m - *opinion about ending a marriage through annulment that was never consummated ..."

What you are dealing with is when is something considered a marriage. When 2 parties make an agreement and then hop in the sack? The guide i would use is the legal system hoping that the Lord has guided our legislatives into making laws that reflect God's will in matters of this nature.
---lee1538 on 12/6/06


What about not consummating a marriage? I appreciate all the responses however, I just want to know everyone's opinion about ending a marriage through annulment that was never consummated esp. non catholics (since I found some info on the catholic beliefs)
---m on 12/6/06


In the Phil. annulment/divorced not legalized but in my daughter's case she filed an annulment of her marriage coz of fraudulence and I believe its not a sin. Read verses found in Matt. 19:8 I can explain further but not enough space.
---ana8864 on 12/5/06




** An annulment says that the marriage had been invalid and void from the very beginning--that is "null".**

I forget to mention that a divorce acknowledges that there was a legitimate marriage to start with, but is now terminated by judicial decree.

This differs from an annulment, which says that the conditions for a lawful and true marriage never existed to start with.
---Jack on 12/5/06


Annulments make perfect spiritual sense. We are told to bear no false witness. A significant misrepresentation of who a person is..their name, history, status, health, accomplishments, good and bad deeds, etc. renders them someone other than who they present. Thus if they are someone else, there is no marriage as the person presented does not exist. Therefore annulment is not only tolerable but ESSENTIAL.
---michael on 12/5/06


2)I believed God knew what I did not and still blessed this union. I remained faithful to him for 17 years, through abuse, lies, his drinking and crack use...praying and believing God could/would change things. It only got worse. I did not believe in divorce, so thought I must endure...until God plainly showed me that my responsibility was to protect our children from their own father. I had total peace about filing for divorce/annulment, a 2 point motion..
---Christina on 12/5/06


An annulment says that the marriage had been invalid and void from the very beginning--that is "null".

I can think of several circumstances that would cause this: fraud, not being lawful age to marry, mental incompetence among others.
---Jack on 12/5/06


Christina, In special cases like yours a annulment is Biblically sound, But in many other cases it isn't, It depends on the case. God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 12/5/06


1)I had been given an annulment by the court after many years of believing I was legitimately married. I believed in my heart I was married, although I discovered later that my then "husband" was married to someone else, no longer with them, but never divorced. I did not know he had been married until I was pregnant with our 1st child, then was told he was divorced because of his wifes' adultery. So still I believed my marraige was legit.Later I found out that he never divorced.
---Christina on 12/5/06


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Consummate=2 bringsomething 2 its completion.Marriages r consummatedwhen intercourse has takenplace after the ceremony.In some theologies a marriage is not a bindingcontract until & unless it has beenconsummated. W/in the Catholic Church a marriage that has not yet beenconsummated regardless thereason can B dissolved. Inability or an intention 2 refuse 2 consummatemarriage is probablegrounds for an annulment.There havebeen SupremeCourt rulings that a marriage could B declared null &void if notconsummated.
---m on 12/5/06


I've never seen the term in the bible,it is a legal term, it MAY be equivalent to divorce. In biblical time breaking of an engagement was considered divorce...Matthew 1:18- 18This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly."
---Christina on 12/5/06


how do we know "God puts together" two ppl in marriage? Perhaps they aren't joined completely until the marriage is consummated. I guess no one else has heard that a marriage isn't complete until it is consummated. I thought the definition of the word implies that but I will look it up.
---m on 12/5/06


*But for the money, one can get an annulment any time and for any good reason.*

Lee, you have no way of knowing the status of everyone who has sought an annulment. I was in RCIA with a very wealthy woman who went through the program with me for one whole year. And on the very last day of class she was informed by the priest that she wouldn't be allowed to come into the church because he had just gotten word that she was refused the annulment of her first marriage. con't
---augusta on 12/4/06


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2. Secondly, annulments cannot be bought - It is against canon law. The money charged (which is minimal) is strictly for the Tribunal workers' salary and any fees incurred.

Yes, there have been abuses & bad judgement calls and probably always will be because they are human. But marriage is a sacrament in the Church and they take this very seriously.
---augua9846 on 12/4/06


Just wanted to add that the average annulment costs a diocese between $1,800-$2,400. The Church only asks that the party help defray the costs of the process. However, if you can't afford the fee you aren't required to pay anything.
---augua9846 on 12/4/06


*Whatever defraudment Satan puts together, let mankind put asunder.*

Amen.
---augua9846 on 12/4/06


In the RCC - an annulment does not dissolve the marriage as if it never existed. What an annulment does is say that the union was not a spiritual union. The CC recognizes marriages from different denominations as real marriages. A Catholic who marries outside the church and then gets a divorce can get an annulment because they did not have the union blessed in the Catholic Church.
---grace3869 on 12/4/06


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Whatever defraudment Satan puts together, let mankind put asunder.
---Eloy on 12/4/06


One common fraudulence today is when a woman falsely claims that she is pregnant by the man she wants to be entrap into marriage. When this false-pretense is proven the victim can anull the liar, and perhaps even sue the woman for damages.
---Eloy on 12/4/06


In my wife's country of origin, there are no divorce laws because of the Roman catholic influence. But for the money, one can get an annulment any time and for any good reason. At least annulments keep the divorce rate down!

Annulments were considered for those in whom the marriage was not properly administered. For instance, the Roman Church may view your marriage as a non-catholic only as a act of fornication since you were not properly married in the first place.
---lee1538 on 12/4/06


I agree with sam, show scripture to say "thou can have an annulment if your marriage doesn't work out." I think this is a man-made ritual that doesn't exist in the Bible.
---Donna9759 on 12/4/06


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What about someone who inadvertently married a sibling? Seperated by adoption, met, married and found out after they were full blood brother and sister?
---Bruce5656 on 12/4/06


if the marriage isn't consumated (no oral or intercourse), you still can't get an annulment? Has anyone heard that a marriage isn't complete until it is consumated?
---m on 12/4/06


Whatever God puts together let not man break assunder.
---john on 12/3/06


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