Fact or Fake: Did Constantine Compile the Content of the Bible at the Council of Nicea?

How did the Bible came to be

In this particular article, there are certain questions that I intend to answer which, I hope would shed light on confused and misinformed minds, with God’s help. First, if the Bible was compiled by Constantine; and second, if the Bible is complete; and if it is complete, how should we regard findings and discoveries in science?

Many Catholics were made to believe that it was Constantine who compiled the books that comprise the Bible. That is not true! Constantine had nothing to do with the compilation of the Bible. The truth is, even before Constantine was born, the first part of the Bible had already been compiled. There was already a compilation of scrolls which were being read in the Jewish synagogue. In fact, there was even an instance when the Lord Jesus Christ entered the synagogue and read one passage from the compilation of books. In the book of Luke 4:16-20, it says,

16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read,
17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.

Take note of the last verse, he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister. So, in the Jewish synagogue, there were ministers who took care of those books – among those books were the books of the prophets Isaiah, Zechariah, and Jeremiah. The books that the Catholics claimed to have been compiled by Constantine were actually compiled by the people of God.

Now, in the time of the New Testament, there was another man that was used by God to compile such. Luke 1:1-3 says,

1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,
2 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,

Luke, the beloved physician during the time of the Apostle Paul, was one of those who compiled these books, especially the books that were written by the apostles before him. There were information and declarations written by eyewitnesses that were handed to Luke which he compiled. This means that there were already Christians, before the time of Constantine, who had taken the initiative of compiling and taking care of all these pieces of documents which are now contained in the Bible. 

One vital proof that there was already a compilation of these books is in 2 Timothy 3:15-17;

15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Paul and Timothy have them! He called them “All Scriptures” inspired of God! Timothy, Paul’s student, may profit from these Holy Scriptures in teaching doctrines, for reproof, for correction, for instruction, to learn all things for righteousness.

As to whether the Bible is complete, yes, it is complete and the pronouncements therein are not in contradiction with scientific findings. May I say that scientific facts were already in the Bible even before they were found by science.

For instance, long before science had proven that the earth is round and not flat, it was already mentioned in the Bible. Actually, science had proven that the earth is round only when a satellite picture of the planet Earth was taken by the Apollo missions of the USA in the 1960s. However, as early as 2,700 years ago, the Bible had already spoken that the earth is round. Isaiah 40:22 says,

It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth.

There is a circle of the earth; there is a sphere. A circle is round, therefore, the earth is round.

Another detail about the earth is given in the book of Job 26:7,

He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.

Indeed, the satellite picture of the earth taken in the 1960s proved that it is hanging upon nothing. So, even before it was discovered by science, it was already in the Bible; and no scientific finding can ever contradict what is in the Bible.

The Bible is never obsolete. What the Bible tells is always news. Of course, there are parts of the Bible which are already history, but nonetheless, it always tells us news. The word Evangelion in Greek implies “good news,” so it is always news. The Bible tells us of things that are happening and things that are still to happen. The Bible has predictions; it also has current events.

I cannot think of any scientific finding that is not in the Bible. Even the plagues that we experience now, like the swine flu and the avian flu, which according to the World Health Organization are caused by viruses that they had never encountered before, had already been spoken in the Bible. The Lord in the Bible said, If anybody will not obey my word, I will bring unto you these plagues, plagues that I have brought to Egypt. And afterwards He said, And even plagues that are not written in this book. So, even before those viruses came about and brought threats and damage to living creatures, the Bible had already foretold their coming.

If one would only digest the contents of the Bible, he would find out that every knowledge being discovered by science today is already in the Bible. For example, God commanded Abraham to circumcise his seed on the eighth day of his birth. That was written in Genesis 17:11-12,

11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant between me and you.
12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you . . .

Why on the eighth day? Let me cite a discovery in science:

In 1935, Professor H. Dam proposed the name “Vitamin K” for the factor in foods that helped prevent hemorrhaging in baby chicks. We now know Vitamin K is responsible for the production (by the liver) of the element known as prothrombin. If Vitamin K is deficient, there will be a prothrombin deficiency and hemorrhaging may occur. Oddly, it is only on the fifth through the seventh days of the newborn male’s life that Vitamin K (produced by bacteria in the intestinal tract is present in adequate quantities. Vitamin K, coupled with prothrombin, causes blood coagulation, which is important in any surgical procedure.

Source: 
http://apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=13&article=1118

No surgeon will operate on a person without the sufficiency of Vitamin K and prothrombin because this could lead to hemorrhage. The possibility of hemorrhage is very great if Vitamin K and prothrombin are absent because it is the combination of these two that causes blood coagulation. That is why it is very important for a person who would undergo a surgical procedure, or any procedure that would inflict wound on the flesh, like circumcision, to have a sufficient supply of Vitamin K and prothrombin.

It is a wonderful thing that science discovered that it is only on the fifth to the seventh day of a male infant that his intestinal tract produces Vitamin K. Vitamin K is a kind of vitamin that is produced in the intestinal tract, unlike Vitamin C which comes from outside sources, and Vitamin D which is produced by the body when it is stimulated by sunlight.

So, now, we can see the wisdom behind God’s commandment to Abraham to circumcise his male child on the eighth day. On the eighth day, there is already the presence of Vitamin K in the intestinal tract of the male child. And with this vitamin and prothrombin, there wouldn’t be much bleeding even if the child is circumcised because he would then have sufficient coagulants. That wonderful scientific finding was already in the Bible thousands of years ago.

There was also a recent effort of scientists which aims to prove that there are matters in space, in the universe, which are not visible to the human eye.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva where it spans the border between Switzerland and France about 100m underground. It is a particle accelerator used by physicists to study the smallest known particles – the fundamental building block of all things. It will revolutionize our understanding from the minuscule world deep within atoms to the vastness of the universe.

Source: 
https://public-archive.web.cern.ch/public-archive/en/LHC/LHC-en.html

They called that thing as Higgs boson or the God particle, and this was what they tried to experiment on using a very huge instrument. However, it was stopped because of an accident. But if time would come that they would be able to prove that, indeed, there are really matters that exist which cannot be seen by human eyes, the Bible had been ahead in coming up with such declaration. Romans 1:20 says,

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead.

The Bible had already spoken of invisible things of God from the creation of the world! Actually, things visible were made from the invisible; Hebrews 11:3 says,

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

These invisible things can be either gas or black matters.

How should we regard findings in science? Should we ignore them? No, we should not ignore scientific findings because they do not contradict biblical pronouncements. They even confirm what the Bible says. Scientific findings, in fact, are in consonance and in harmony with the truths in the Scriptures.

How Can an Unmarried Best Live His Life as a Christian?

How to be Single According to Christ

To be a Christian is to abide by the teachings and laws of the Lord Jesus Christ. As Christ is the Lord, the Christians are His followers, or servants; and every servant’s ultimate aim is to please his Lord, or Master.

To live as a Christian is to live by the words of Christ. But who has the greater capability to do this, the married or the unmarried? Between the two, who has the better opportunity to serve the Lord without distraction?

I CORINTHIANS 7:32-35 says,

32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:
33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.
34 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
35 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.

The Bible points out the significant differences between the married and the unmarried in terms of serving the Lord. St. Paul said that the unmarried cares for the things that belong to the Lord and on the things that will please the Lord. That means that his top priority is how he could be pleasing in the sight of the Lord. He delights in doing things that are in accordance to His will; and his joy is not on material things like riches and luxuries but in fulfilling the Lord’s teachings.

A married man, on the other hand, cares for the things of the world, and on how he may please his wife. He worries about the day-to-day needs of his family. His thoughts are preoccupied in thinking of ways on how he could earn more for his family’s needs like food and shelter, for the monthly electric and water bills, for the milk and diaper of his babies, and all the other things that would please his wife. So he gives her all the material things she desires, he yields to her whims, and he sees to it that before he makes any decision, or before he does anything, he asks first for her opinion and consent because he doesn’t want to displease her.

Apparently, being married becomes a distraction and a hindrance to one’s service to the Lord. And it is obvious that the unmarried person is in a better position to serve the Lord and to live a life expected of a Christian. And since he is single, his decisions and actions are not dependent on anybody else, and he doesn’t have to please anybody except the Lord. Leading a solitary life gives a person the chance to care for the Lord and for the things of the Lord only.

Allow me to use myself as an example. I am unmarried; I live a solitary life. Because of my situation, I am able to care only for the things of the Lord, and I am able to do things which could please Him. I care for the brethren; I care for His teachings; I care for the preaching of the Gospel. My cares and concerns, and my preoccupations are all directed towards doing things that would please the Lord. And definitely, I wouldn’t be able also to perform all the tasks that rest on my shoulders now if I am married, or if I am a family man. My time and attention would surely be divided and I wouldn’t be able to do my duties to God and to the brethren as faithfully as I should. But because I am single, I am able to devote all my time to care for the things of the Lord.

While it is true that a married person can also serve the Lord but with certain constraints and limitations; he couldn’t give his hundred percent because there are distractions and cares of being married that hinder him.

Therefore, it is more convenient to serve the Lord if the person is unmarried because he is free from all kinds of distractions and cares of this world which are often experienced by those who are married. Besides, to be single gives a person more opportunities to do things that would please the Lord, like paying attention to His teachings and doing charitable works that would benefit other people. And for me, spending one’s life in pleasing the Lord is the best way to live a Christian life.

How to Keep the Marriage Intact

Biblical way of living as a married couple

Infidelity destroys relationships. The moment that a husband becomes unfaithful to his wife, it is inevitable that what used to be a “very sweet” relationship will turn into a sour and bitter one. And if not addressed properly at the soonest possible time, it could cause havoc to the whole family.

But why do husbands become unfaithful to their wives? Why do they leave their wives and look for another?

No husband in his right mind would abandon the woman whom he wooed very patiently for years for no reason at all. The fact that he did everything to win her hand in marriage only means that he has committed himself to her and wants a life-long relationship with her. This is why it is quite saddening to hear stories of wives whose husbands had abandoned them and are now embracing other women.

If we are going to make a simple analysis on why a husband leaves his wife in favor of another woman, we will realize that it stems only from a very simple reason: he feels that his wife has changed, that she is no longer the woman that he fell in love with – someone who was well-groomed, very caring and thoughtful, and always sweet-smelling. Because now, after several years of marriage and after bearing three children, his wife has lost her charm. She hardly takes a bath; she often forgets to brush her teeth; she doesn’t even comb and fix her hair anymore; and she seldom changes her dress. In other words, she has neglected attending to her personal grooming and hygiene. As a result, her husband gets disgusted.

A wife, even if she has mothered half a dozen children, should see to it that she remains adorable in the eyes of her husband. She should always be sweet-smelling, that is why she needs to bathe more frequently, in the same manner that she should also wash as often what certain television commercials refer to as the “feminine area.” A woman may lose her sweet scent if she neglects proper hygiene, or if she sweats a lot after performing certain household chores. So, instead of a sweet scent, she emits an unpleasant odor.

In Isaiah 3:24 it says,

And it shall come to pass that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink...

That was God’s curse to the Israelite women. Instead of a sweet smell, there would be rottenness and stink. But a woman who is not under a curse has a sweet smell. So that your husband won’t leave you, make sure that you maintain your sweet smell. By nature, a man looks for a sweet-smelling woman. If your husband no longer finds that sweet smell in you because you do not brush your teeth and take a bath anymore, chances are, he’ll look for a more fragrant and more attractive woman.

Do not forget to show simple gestures of affection and care like serving him a cup of coffee, or giving him a little massage when he comes home from work. Those simple acts will make him feel how much you love him, and he will realize that he will commit a very great foolishness if he will betray a loving, caring, and adorable wife like you.

But most of all, the best safeguard to protect marital relationships is prayers to God. Actually, many marital relationships do not last because they lack in prayers to God. Husband and wife should live a prayerful life. They should always pray to God to protect their family and to keep it intact. And it is best that both husband and wife should remain steadfast in their service to God.

Always remember, God is merciful, and it is His will that husband and wife should live together until death.

Qualities That Rightfully Make a Person a Christian

who-are-the-real-christians

In this generation, lots of religious organizations sprouted like mushrooms, and each of them claims that they are Christians. However, not all who claim to be Christians are truly Christians; and not all who call themselves as Christians are really Christians. The Bible sets specific requisites before somebody could rightfully be called Christian.

So, who are the true Christians?

JOHN 8:31 says,

. . . If ye continue in my word, then are ye truly my disciples;

True Christians are those who believe and keep the word of Christ, just like the disciples. That is why the disciples are true Christians.

It is not enough that you believe in Christ, you also have to accept His words. If you claim that you believe in Christ but you are rejecting His words, you are not a true Christian. Rejecting Christ’s words is tantamount to rejecting Him also.

JOHN 12:48 says,

He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

If you do not observe the words of Christ, you are not considered as a true Christian even if you proclaim yourself to be one. It is more appropriate to call you a nominal Christian only. A true Christian is he who keeps the words of Christ. And what are the words of Christ that we have to keep?

MARK 1:14-15 says,

14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

I CORINTHIANS 15:1-2 says,

1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand:
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

Therefore, it is the Gospel, or the good news – the good news about the kingdom of God, that we have to keep in our memory. Keeping the words of Christ, or the Gospel, in our memory and abiding by them would qualify us to be called true Christians.

Keeping the gospel in memory means living a way of life worthy in the gospel of Christ. 

PHILIPPIANS 1:27 says,

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you stand firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,

The Primary Duty of a Preacher of God

How a Preacher Influences Faith in Men

People who had gotten the chance to attend our congregational gatherings couldn’t help but express their amazement at the deep faith that our brethren display, and at the efforts they exert just to abide by the biblical teachings to Christians – things which they do not see in other religious groups, not even in their own religions.

For instance, our sisters in faith wear modest apparel, they do not cut their hair, they do not apply excessive make-up, and they do not wear any jewelry – because all these are biblical teachings which they had understood and are now embedded in their hearts. That is why they do not care even if they are ridiculed by others for being old fashioned and plain-looking. What they care about is their obedience to God’s words, which had awakened their spiritual awareness.

I TIMOTHY 2:9-10 says,

9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array. 10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

I PETER 3:3 says,

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

As a preacher, it is my duty to instill, or inculcate, in the minds and hearts of our brethren the words of God for them to develop love for God and spiritual awareness.

ACTS 26:18 says,

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

It is the preacher’s primary responsibility to open the eyes of people. Their eyes need to be opened so that they would see the light. So that they turn from darkness to light, and from the power of satan to the power of God. Other preachers deprive their member.

JEREMIAH 23:30 says,

Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbor.

And which is that light being referred to? It is the word of God.

And it is the word of God that I instill deeply in the minds and hearts of our people, not my story, not my person, not my opinion, because it is the word of God that will save their souls.

JAMES 1:21 says,

Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

According to James, lay apart all filthiness: filthiness of the flesh, filthiness of the spirit, filthiness of the mind, even the superfluity of naughtiness. The world today is overflowing with naughtiness – drugs, terrorism, broken families, infidelity of husband and wife, premarital sex, etc. We are admonished to throw them away and remove them from our hearts. And so that our souls will be saved, we have to receive the word of God with meekness. This is the reason why we always advise our members to read the Bible. Our knowledge of the word of God would make us realize how great He is, and how good it is to be good. To be good, you have to know the word of God; all the goodness spring forth from the book of God.

II TIMOTHY 3:16-17 says,

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

The Scriptures will thoroughly furnish us with all the good works. All the good works come from the word of God. Therefore, the preacher, or the minister, has the obligation to furnish the people with all the words of God for them to know what is good.

JEREMIAH 26:2 says,

Thus saith the Lord; Stand in the court of the Lord’s house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the Lord’s house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word:

The preachers are instructed to preach the word of God. Unfortunately, preachers today do not do that, instead they simply tell stories about their experiences, about their travels, their thoughts, etc. 

On my part, whenever I speak, I see to it that I speak what the Scriptures say; I speak the word of God, not my stories, not my opinions, not my thoughts.

As stated previously (in II Timothy 3:16-17), the inspired Scriptures are profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. And for the man of God to be perfect, he must be thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 

The words of God in the Scriptures could make man perfect. Actually, it is the Lord’s commandment that we be perfect.

MATTHEW 5:48 says,

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

We must be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect.

There is no truth to what some pastors say that no man is perfect because all men commit sins. That is ignorance of the Scriptures. Are they implying that if a man has sinned he cannot be perfected anymore? In the history of God’s people, were there people of God who had been made perfect by God’s word?

Had there been people who had attained perfection?

HEBREWS 12:23 says,

To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

The just men who lived in the olden times were made perfect by God’s word. Always remember that it is the word of God that can make one perfect. How?

JAMES 3:2 says,

For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

It doesn’t matter if somebody committed a sin, especially so if it was committed unintentionally. God may still forgive him. So long as that person believes in the words of God and he tries to live by them, he may still be considered perfect. As mentioned by James, if any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man. For a man to be perfect, he must not offend in the word of God.

Biblically speaking, there are people who had been considered by God as perfect. Job was one of them.

As written in JOB 1:1,

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and the man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

The parents of John the Baptist, Zacharias and Elisabeth, were also considered perfect. Both of them were blameless in the eyes of the Lord.

LUKE 1:5-6 says,

5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zecharias, of the course of Abijah: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

If you receive the word of God in its entirety, you are considered by God as perfect, just like Zacharias and Elisabeth.

Another person who had been considered perfect was Noah.

GENESIS 6:9 says,

These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generation, and Noah walked with God.

Walk with God, the way Noah did, and you will be found perfect.

In other words, the very reason why we are trying very hard to teach our people the word of God is because, it is the word of God that will enrich their souls, their minds, their hearts, and their entire beings. The word of God will teach them to do what is good. And, accepting the word of God wholeheartedly, in its entirety, would make them perfect in the sight of God.

Is Your Marriage in Trouble? "Learn the Christian Way"


Marital relationship is not always a bed of roses; it is not always a smooth sail. There are times when the going gets tough and shaky, and there are problems and conflicts that arise that test the couple’s endurance and love for each other.

Good if the couple decides to sit down and talk about their issues and concerns with prudence. What if the couples would really clash and hurl hurting words against each other? What if they go beyond the “word war” and resort to the physical and emotional battle? Surely, the next thing we’ll see is that one of them would be packing his things and moving out of the house.

But will stepping out of their dwelling place resolve the problem? In the first place, will that gesture be in conformity with biblical admonition for husbands and wives?

Biblically, it is improper for a Christian couple, both husband and wife, to leave their abode. Instead, they must dwell together; they must live together.

I PETER 3:7 says,

Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

That is the Christian way of life. A Christian husband is commanded by God to live with his wife, bearing in mind that she is the weaker vessel that needs protection which only he, her husband, could give. A Christian husband is the protector of his wife.

EPHESIANS 5:23-25 says,

23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it:

The Bible is telling us of a great relationship between Christ and the Church. A husband must love his wife the way Christ loved the Church. He must not leave his wife inasmuch as Christ did not leave the Church either. In fact, when He was about to ascend to heaven, He told the Church, I will not leave you. I will be with you up to the end of the world. 

MATTHEW 28:20 says,

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Very clearly, as far as the Bible is concerned, it is untoward for the husband to leave his wife primarily because he is duty-bound to protect her.

There are instances in the Bible wherein the wife leaves her husband but never the husband leaving his wife. And if his wife leaves him, then he becomes free. He is now at liberty.

I CORINTHIANS 7:15 says,

But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.

According to the Bible, if the unbelieving spouse decides to leave, let her go. Especially if the husband had already exhausted all means to make his wife stay, and still he failed to convince her, he may let her depart. And when she leaves, the husband is no longer under bondage.

This is one particular situation wherein the husband, or the wife, is not being held very tightly by God’s law. When the wife leaves, then the husband becomes free; when the husband leaves, the wife likewise becomes free. But God’s will is for husband and wife to dwell together until death.

Live-in Relationships and Civil Marriage in the Bible

Choosing Civil or Church Wedding

In the society where we live in today, it is a common thing that we come across single parents – either they had failed marriages so they separated, or they just happened to beget children out of wedlock.

Whichever is the case, these single moms or single dads usually look for another partner, and then they live together even without entering into marriage at all. Given this situation, the question that might arise is, is it wrong for a man and a woman to live together outside marriage, specifically a marriage that is officiated by a priest or a pastor?

Actually, a civil wedding is much better than a religious wedding. In wedding ceremonies officiated by priests or pastors you would be required to give offerings and you have to pay a certain amount. They make money out of it. But biblically speaking, it is not really the marriage certificate that matters most but the sincerity of both parties to live together as husband and wife.

GALATIANS 3:15 says,

Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.

It is very clear that, if both parties come up with a mutual agreement to live together as husband and wife, it is already acknowledged by God – even if they were not married by a priest. You see, there is nowhere in the Bible will you find that Joseph and Mary got married, or that there was a wedding ceremony that took place at all.

MATTHEW 1:18-20 says,

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

It means that they were betrothed or engaged to be married. But before the actual wedding ceremony took place Mary was found with a child because God made her an instrument for the birth of Christ. At first, Joseph decided to put Mary away because he thought that she became unfaithful to him. Until the angel told him, “fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife . . .”

But what was clear was that Mary was already acknowledged as Joseph’s wife even if they were just engaged then. And even if there was no formal wedding ceremony yet, God regarded Joseph and Mary as a couple already.

This is just to prove that the pact between a man and a woman is more important than a marriage certificate. Even if you have all the documents signed before a priest, they would all be useless if the contracting parties would not be true to their wedding vows and would just keep on fighting day and night. That is why it would be best to assess everything first before entering into an agreement to live with someone. Foremost, you have to be sure that the person you decide to live with truly loves you despite your past. But if you start to feel that he is taking you for granted, better watch out because that is a manifestation that he doesn’t really love you. Better find a man who would love you very much and who would care for you even if you have a child out of wedlock. If he truly loves you, he would also accept and love your child, and he would provide all your needs, both material and emotional.

I TIMOTHY 5:8 says,

But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

For God, anyone who does not care for his own, especially for his family is considered wicked. Irresponsible fathers and irresponsible mothers are regarded by the Bible as wicked. So, if you see that your partner right now does not care for his household, you are in trouble. There is a big possibility that you might spend the rest of your life in misery if you would stick to that man.

Think very well before deciding to spend your life with someone until death.