Why are rings not used in Seventh Day Adventist weddings? The Seventh Day Adventist religion is different from other denominations, and I need to know why they do not marry using wedding rings...

Why are rings not used in Seventh Day Adventist weddings?

The Seventh Day Adventist religion is different from other denominations, and I need to know why they do not marry using wedding rings like other denominations. They use watches I think. I am writing a paper on religion.

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teachersage eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Like many Protestant or Protestant-derived denominations, the Seventh Day Adventists stick closely to the words of Biblical scripture, but they also try to capture the spirit of the Bible and live it out in their daily lives. The Bible does attest to the importance of the physical or the embodied, noting that we are creatures made in the image of God, and that the world, which is God's creation, is deemed by God himself to be "good." Thus the Seventh Day Adventists take seriously what they put into their bodies and often practice, for instance, vegetarianism, believing that in paradise before the Fall, Adam and Eve abstained from eating meat. That being said the Bible also preaches modesty and focusing on the spiritual. Too much emphasis can be placed on the embodied. Jewelry and costly ornaments can gain too much importance in a person's life, so the denomination discourages wearing jewelry. It bases this on New Testament scripture that advises a woman to dress simply and without costly gold or pearl ornaments. 

While the SDA would advise against wedding rings as a costly, traditionally gold ornament, it does exercise common sense and understand that in some cultures, including in the US, the rings are functional rather than ornamental, and so does not prohibit them.

The 2000 SDA Manual states:

To dress plainly, abstaining from display of jewelry and ornaments of every kind, is in keeping with our faith."—Testimonies, vol. 3, p. 366. It is clearly taught in the Scriptures that the wearing of jewelry is contrary to the will of God. ". . . not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array" is the admonition of the apostle Paul (1 Tim. 2:9). The wearing of ornaments of jewelry is a bid for attention which is not in keeping with Christian self-forgetfulness.

 In some countries the custom of wearing the wedding ring is considered imperative, having become, in the minds of the people, a criterion of virtue, and hence it is not regarded as an ornament. Under such circumstances we have no disposition to condemn the practice.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

krishna-agrawala | Student

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.