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readeal3 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted November 22, 2010 at 4:52 AM via web

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Why aren't rings used in Seventh Day Adventist weddings?

Seventh Day Adventist religion is different from other denominations, I need to know why they don't marry using wedding rings like other churches. They use watches I think.  I'm doing a paper on religion

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 22, 2010 at 5:01 AM (Answer #1)

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This is not a completely true statement as SDA members have been formally allowed to wear modest wedding rings ever since 1986.  However, it has been true in the past.  The reason for this is the fact that the SDA Church frowns on women wearing jewelry.

The reasons behind this stand on jewelry can be found in detail in the greatcontroversy.org link that I have attached here.  But the basic idea is that no one wore jewelry before the Fall.  We also see passages such as in Timothy 2: 9-10 where the Bible seems to mandate that women should not wear jewelry.

So, because the church generally stands against the use of jewelry, they have not been in favor of the use of wedding rings.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted November 22, 2010 at 12:52 PM (Answer #2)

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There is no specific prohibition in the Seventh Day Adventist sect of using or wearing rings in weddings. The Religion only advances the basic principle of simple dressing.This principle means:

... dress is to be simple, modest, and neat, befitting those whose true beauty does not consist of outward adornment but in the imperishable ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit.

This in practice means avoiding wearing of all forms of extra adornments, and jewellery tops the list of of adornment such adornments. Thus in many parts of the world, the people of Seventh Day Adventist faith avoid use of rings in weddings. Wrist watches also serve a utilitarian purpose of showing time. This makes them comparatively more acceptable than rings. Therefore some Seventh Day Adventists use watches instead of rings for wedding.

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