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Can I Marry A Teenager

I am 26 years old and dating a girl who is 17. Is it OK for me to marry her when she is 18?

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Lion of Judah, there is a difference between a 26 year old dating a 17 year old girl, i agree that many could have questions, but this is not to be compared with a supposed act of pedophilia. if indeed that's what it was. in Mohameds days it was not uncommon. even today it's accepted to have that kind of marriages. for westerners uncomprehensible but in arabia and africa not that uncommon. however it must be said that today also this practice is dying out little by little thanks to Western influence, and at the same time divorce adultery and fornication flares up like an unbriddled fire. so is it bad orgood? PS. in these marriages the husband does not apprioach the girl until her 15th birthday.
---andy3996 on 2/12/11

Mima-- MOST physical and occupational therapists in nursing homes are 20 something females!

As a professional, she probably found you a pleasant person, perhaps one of her favorite patients...without giving ANY thought to your age or marital status. But I'm sure you felt flattered by her attention.

Anyway, glad you led her to the Lord. Have you had any chance to follow up?
---Donna66 on 2/7/11

Lionofjudah...This girl is 17, not 9.
---KarenD on 2/7/11

\\It's called a kindred spirit I said, and she later receiveD the Lord Jesus before I left the nursing home. Just a interesting story.
---mima on 2/7/11\\

The COG cult called it "flirty fishing."

And I wonder how she is faring spiritually today.

I know you'll think I'm being cynical, but it wouldn't surprise me if she was just putting on a show to please you.
---Cluny on 2/7/11

65 years old and a nursing home a young 25-year-old woman actually had trouble with the administration because she insisted on being my therapist. When I confronted her about this I said. I am 65 years old(married) and you are 25 years old and single yet you think I am wonderful. Yes!!! she said, what in the world is wrong. It's called a kindred spirit I said, and she later receiveD the Lord Jesus before I left the nursing home. Just a interesting story.
---mima on 2/7/11

LionofJudah ... I don't understand!

M married a 9 year old girl when she was 18?

or do you mean he married her when she was 9, and then 9 years later, he died aged 81?

Punctuation would help!
---alan8566_of_uk on 2/7/11

Mohammad married a 9 year old
girl,when she was 18 He died at the age of 81,was that ok with you people on this site? I think not.
---LionofJudah on 2/7/11

There is no legal reason you cannot date this girl. You could actually marry her now in many states if her parents agree. What do her parents say about you gett married to their daughter?
---KarenD on 2/6/11

well nine years is not that much, but i do believe that minors still need theire parents permission, so you better go to city hall, which will inform you all steps nesecary for you, the parents and the partner to take
---andy3996 on 2/4/11

It would be perfectly legal for you to do so.

Whether this is a good idea is an entirely different question.

I would say not--but I don't know the whole story.
---Cluny on 2/3/11

if you are a legal citizen in your country and you are of legal age, of, you can marry.

the divorce rates among Christians is similar to the secular world.

you need to be equally yoked. not many christians are equally yoked. if we were that simple, the divorce rate would be zero in the christian realm.
---aka on 2/2/11

If you're a Christian, what's most important is you marry a Christian, regardless of your age.
---christan on 2/2/11

Depends on the girl

But YOU are too attached to decide!
---Peter on 2/1/11

first she is underage, you can get into legal trouble. I am surprised her parents aren't stepping in. Also IF you two are still together when she does turn 18, by law she could marry you without parental consent. Doesn't make it right though.
---Candice on 2/1/11

Are you SURE that when she is 18, she will be able to make such an important decision that will affect both your lives for the rest of your lives.

If she is truly mature, fine. But it may be dangerous

Be careful, is what I'd say
---Peter on 2/1/11

Slo-o-o-o-w down...She may not want to get married at 18.
---Eloy on 1/31/11

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my dad was 31 and my mom was 19 when they got married,she was constantly sitting in his lap and they laughed and loved each other until his death 56 years later.
---tom2 on 1/31/11

Bottom line first: "No" you shouldn't marry her at this time. Why? Your age difference is NOT that great, but your interest level is. She needs to have her "freedom" until she's at least 24. The brain for rational thinking is not even fully matured for rational thinking until 23. Give her a break, and let her experience freedom a little. To go from parental authority to her own family authority without a brake between the two could be a big mistake.
---wivv on 1/31/11

Your age difference is only 9 years and people with much greater years of separation have successful marriages. The problem is more that she lack immaturity and life experience for the marriage to be successful. Religiosity there is nothing wrong with it, but in all practicality the marriage will in all likelihood fail.
---Blogger9211 on 1/31/11

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