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Is It OK To Marry A Catholic

Hi,I'm a Protestant (Evangelical) Christian and I've been dating a Catholic young man. We visit each other's church and so far we have had no disagreement concerning faith issues. Is it ok for us to get married?

Moderator - Then both of you are not knowledgeable about your respective faiths because the differences are great.

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Steveng, that is the very reason why monks and nuns don't marry. But God is merciful to married and single people alike. Romans 11:32.
---SueQ7373 on 5/8/08

Amen Steven!
---Holly4jc on 5/2/08

Jimmy: "... They compromise..."

There is no compromise with God.
---Steveng on 5/1/08

If you are truly serious to become and stay a Christian, stay single. Christians fill up their entire days with sermons, church going, computers, ipods, TV, radio, work, friends, entertainment that it's hard to listen to the whispers of God, to have a true relationship with Him. Marriage in todays highly stressful world will hinder your walk and guarantee a place in the very soon to come Kingdom of God. Stay single and walk with Jesus.
---Steveng on 5/1/08

Catholic means universal. Where the Church is located is in Rome. So thats how the words of Roman Catholic Church was started.
Peter died in Rome rememeber?
Universal because all people are United in His Church.
I am sorry for throwing this topic off base.
Ask God if He wishes to Bless your union. If He says yes, then no one can stand in your way.
---Nicole on 5/1/08

No, Nicole. (1) You are the one and your church who control and alter the publications to suit your ideas of the truth and to discredit true Christians. John, the Revelator was talking about the future not the past in Revelation.
---frances008 on 5/1/08

(2) He did not know they would call it a Catholic Church and that it would be based in Rome. But the Lord gave him all the other details. The fact that some people cannot see it is because God has allowed them to be deluded by the lies that they love. Obedience to God will open your eyes. 'Come out of her!'
---frances008 on 5/1/08

I do not think that you should avoid marriage strictly because you are Protestant and your boyfriend is Catholic. My grandfather is a Catholic and my grandmother is Lutheran, and they have gotten along perfectly. They compromise and have each taught the other a great deal. I think you would be brave to pursue this because Christianity needs Catholics and Protestants to start putting aside their differences and move toward Christ.
---Jimmy on 5/1/08

Shirley - the differences between the RCC and Protestantism was worth dying for. Can you imagine how they sufferd - burned at the stake, so they could worship by the dictates of their own conscience.

How great the differences are.
It is more then a little naive to think there isn't a huge divide between faiths
---Andrea on 5/1/08

2. Infant Baptism
This comparison between who could receive baptism and circumcision is an appropriate one. In the Old Testament, if a man wanted to become a Jew, he had to believe in the God of Israel and be circumcised. In the New Testament, if one wants to become a Christian, one must believe in God and Jesus and be baptized. In the Old Testament, those born into Jewish households could be circumcised in anticipation of the Jewish faith in which they would be raised.
---Nicole on 5/1/08

3.New Testament,born in Christian households can be baptized in anticipation of the Christian faith in which they will be raised.The pattern is the same:If one is an adult,one must have faith before receiving the rite of membership,if one is a child tooyoung to have faith,one may begiven the rite of membership in the knowledge that one will be raised in the faith..basis of Pauls reference to baptism as "thecircumcision of Christ"that is, the Christian equivalent of circumcision. Catholic Answers
---Nicole on 5/1/08

Concerning Act8:37 Western text reading:
"And Philip said,'If you believe with all your heart, you may.'And he said in reply,'I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.'"
Philip is reading the passages to him and proclaims Jesus to him (v35).Mark 16:16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be Saved.
Philip is one of the 12 disciples(Matt 10:3)and heard Jesus' words personally, why would he not complete the 2nd part of Mark 16:16..baptized? According to my Bible he did.
---Nicole on 5/1/08

Mima, Your Bible proves how dangerous the Reformers were. They took out Sacred Scripture and changed words they kept! BEWARE OF YOUR BIBLE'S TRANSLATOR!
I grow up with Protestants. I always heard those famous words "believe with all your heart." But, not in THE GOSPELS BY JESUS.
Whats with your all heart? No partial believing. Jesus said Believe!
Follow Jesus and His commandment Mark16:16. This passage is Clear. Unless this one your Bible has also been changed by the Reformers.
---Nicole on 5/1/08

While the style of worship may be diffirent they both recognize Jesus as the Son of God and the Savior who died for their sins so I see no problem.We are all one in the body of Christ.
---shirley on 5/1/08

Mima, when I read Act 8:36-38, it states As they traveled along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "Look, there is water. What is to prevent my being baptized?." Then he ordered the chariot to stop, and Philip and the enunuch both went down into the water. and he baptized him.
I thought you quote from the wrong verse. But in my Bible, at the bottom states according 8:37 The oldest and best manuscripts of Acts omit this verse, which is a Western test reading: 2nd blog
---Nicole on 5/1/08

Yes Frances008, the Truth is the Truth. You need to stop altering it to fix your will.
Hebrews 10 speaks of Jesus being our One and only Sacrifice. So listen to your Lord and Savior in Mark 16:16 Whoever believes and is BAPTIZED WILL BE SAVED, whoever does not believe will be condemned.
As for Revelation 17 & 18, these speak of the destruction of Babylon and of Pagan Nations. No where does it says RCC. You just added that in the chapters.
Now, who is altering Scared Scriptures?
---Nicole on 5/1/08

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Nicole can you apply this qualification for baptism to children?
" And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water, what doth hinder me to be baptized?"
"And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." Acts 8:36-37
---Mima on 5/1/08

Nicole, the truth is the truth, no matter how much the history books are altered, and authentic books are destroyed. The Bible is there always, pointing out the truth. You must read your Bible carefully. I recommend Hebrews 10 and Revelations 17 and 18. It is clear that the church that has always got drunk on the blood of the saints was the RCC.
---frances008 on 4/30/08

Sorry, but Jody is wrong. Catholics are the only Christians that follow Jesus instructions on Salvation. Jesus said you must be Baptized and John ch 6, is taken literally unlike others who wrongly deny Jesus words and call it a symbol. Jesus was clear about His wishes.
Catholics baptize their babies. Also we Listen to Jesus' command to celebrate Holy Communion with unleaved bread and wine. Catholics seems to follow the Gospels more and Protestants tends to follow the Letters after the Gospels.
---Nicole on 4/30/08

He needs to be saved by faith in Jesus Christ and you also need to check to make sure you too are SAVED BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH in JESUS. Catholics seperate themselves from other Christians by many false beliefs and need to check themselves to line up with the Bible's teachings. Don't marry if you have not sorted all of the spiritual issues out and determined that you are LIKE MINDED in the TRUTH.:) Blessings
---jody on 4/29/08

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According to the word of God - NO, you shuold not marry. How can two walk together except they agree? The bible tells us not to be unequally yoked.
---shana3796 on 4/28/08

If the Catholic professes to know Christ Personally then they are both on the same page. Jesus preaches to loving one another. And if both Christians go to the bible to find the answers and not the "organizations" directive. Then the TRUTH WILL set you free. To know christ is to be a christian. But, the catholic churches independent doctrine as to how to follow Gods word becomes the problem. It is absolute and not to be questioned. This is not scripture.
---Charles on 4/28/08

Sure. What brought you together is what
will keep you. If lust and the flesh, then
it will keep until it fades. If Love and
Respect, it will overcome all obstacles
and last for ever.

What was your secret, Emcee? Tell us
---Nana on 2/26/08

The mod is right. You do not know what the Bible teaches about dating and marriage to people who do not believe as you do. Neither does he know what the Roman Catholic church teaches about marrying outside the church.

The Bible says "Study to show thyself approved." I suggest you find an older Christian woman to teach you what scripture says about you.
---Madison1101 on 2/24/08

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NA:There are some Ramifications to be considered By marrying a Catholic.You are well advised to consult a priest of the Young mans Parish.He will explain.There is a saying Marry in Haste & repent at leisure.Be sure of what you are both doing Marriages before God are insoluble.if you wish to Follow His way.Good luck sorry to be a wet Blanket but the truth must be told.
---Emcee on 5/16/07

na, I'd take your question into prayer, take it into the Word, take it to people who have mentored/discipled you (and also are jesus followers). I would take with a grain of salt what these folks are saying (including myself) because we don't know your situation, your belief system, and i doubt have been lifting up your situation in prayer. I'll be praying for you and this guy, it's a tough road you are walking but I honestly feel like He will be faithful in guiding you - just keep walking towards Him.
---susie on 5/15/07

My father was Protestant when he met my Catholic mother. He is now a Catholic, but argued his way into the faith rather than converting for my mothers sake - they have been married about 45 years. My Catholic uncle has been married to my Anglican aunt for more than 25 years.
---lorra8574 on 5/2/07

Helen ... You are correct to ask the question.
I had assumed because the question was asked, they were both Christians. Maybe I was wrong in that,
But there is nothing in the question to suggest that they are not both Christians.
---alan_of_UK on 5/2/07

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Absolutely--If both are born-again by the power of the BLOOD. Go ahead and get married and live happly ever after.
---catherine on 5/2/07

Helen: You are not giving the Holy Spirit any credit. People will go to Hell because they ignore the prompting of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can overcome any mistakes a person might make in sharing the faith.
---Madison1101 on 5/2/07

na; My mom was protestant my dad Catholic they were married 65years. No problems.
---1st_cliff on 5/1/07

AlanofUK - ("Since you are both Christians, why not?") -- Alan, what has either of this couple said to lead you to believe that they are both Christians? It is very dangerous to say that somebody is a Christian unless you are absolutely certain that they are. Many will go to Hell thinking they are saved just because somebody said so. This happened to me before I got saved. I thought I was a Christian but I was not.
---Helen_5378 on 4/30/07

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Since you are both Christians, why not?
There's more that unites you than divides you.
---alan_of_UK on 4/30/07

----na I feel certain that you will not listen, but being an old man and knowing the troubles that lie ahead for you if you do marry this young man, still I must tell you STOP STOP do not make this mistake!!!
---Mima on 4/30/07

Sorry Guys ::I agree with the moderator.God does not make distinction.The 5th precept of the church warns us against mixed Marriage .The impediments that WILL arise need to be worked out before.While it appears on the surface that you both serve the same God. The way you serve differ,this is very important in a marriage being adjusted is hard enough without starting with a thorn of discord.Na if you love this man become Catholic & embrace it NOT FOR HIM but yourself & your Future family. MHO
---Emcee on 4/30/07

I am the younger. He is one year older than me. By 'young man' I simply emphasized that he was also serious, not just a boy, etc. :). Thanks for the answers so far.
----na- on 4/30/07

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That's not correct: most Christians' faith are much more similar than you make out. We all believe in The Trinity, we all believe in Christ the Saviour, we all follow the New Testament: and Christ's commandments of Love God and neighbour, St Paul's Corinthians 13, and so on.
The wrong-doing that Catholics and Protestants often commit is that we say we are very different to the other in belief. This has led to massive ruptures, disagreements, distrust even war and bloodshed.
---Ed on 4/30/07

The Bible says we are not to be unequally yoked however, I believe that God has connected you with this young lad for a reason to bring him into the Truth. Follow exactly as the Bible says, be humble, patient, longsuffering, loving, etc etc. I am unequally yoked way b4 I came to God n we both were unbelievers then. My husband supports me in everything I do 4the church etc yet he is not a believer. I know God will oneday turn them both around for us. Be patient.
---jana on 4/30/07

Na, if either of you had security in your beliefs you wouldn't be asking this question.
---augusta on 4/29/07

Young Lady, the issue here is not Protestant
and Catholic, but whether You & He are Bible
believing Christians, or Born-again of the Spirit. St Paul clearly tells us in 2Cor.6:14-15, DO NOT be Unequally yoked together with Un believers. Brian 6933
---BRIAN._STAFFORD on 4/30/07

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Young Lady, the issue here is not Protestant
and Catholic, but whether You & He are Bible
believing Christians, or Born-again of the Spirit. St Paul clearly tells us in 2Cor.6:14-15, DO NOT be Unequally yoked together with Un believers. Brian 6933
---BRIAN._STAFFORD on 4/30/07

The way you're saying it, 'young man', are you older than the 'young man'.
It is just the impression you gave.
---Bob on 4/30/07

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