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Is it not an ornament ? how about a 3000- 5000 U$ worth a wedding ring. Do we still glorify God with this?

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Amen N Him.
WOW !! I'm sure gettin' a lot of Amens.

I need to give them back to Andrene
Amen. She deserves them N Him.
Amen N Him. Although I don't know what you're talking about.
Excellent point Ian, lets let Jesus put the crown on our heads!

Unfading Beauty

1Pe 3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

1Pe 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

The pure religion of Jesus requires of its followers the simplicity of
natural beauty and the polish of natural refinement and elevated purity,
rather than the artificial and false. . . .

The religion of the Bible has nothing in it which would jar upon the finest
feelings. It is, in all its precepts and requirements, as pure as the
character of God and as elevated as His throne.

The Redeemer of the world has warned us against the pride of life, but not
against its grace and natural beauty. He pointed to all the glowing beauty
of the flowers of the field and to the lily reposing in its spotless purity
upon the bosom of the lake. . . .

A disposition in you to dress according to the fashion, and to wear lace and
gold and artificials for display, will not recommend to others your religion
or the truth that you profess. . . . Simple, plain, unpretending dress will
be a recommendation to my youthful sisters. In no better way can you let
your light shine to others than in your simplicity of dress and deportment.
You may show to all that, in comparison with eternal things, you place a
proper estimate upon the things of this life.

Now is your golden opportunity to form pure and holy characters for heaven.
You cannot afford to devote these precious moments to . . . beautifying the
external to the neglect of the inward adorning. . . .

God, who created everything lovely and beautiful that the eye rests upon, is
a lover of the beautiful. He shows you how He estimates true beauty. The
ornament of a meek and quiet spirit is in His sight of great price. Shall we
not seek earnestly to gain that which God estimates as more valuable than
costly dress or pearls or gold? The inward adorning, the grace of meekness,
a spirit in harmony with the heavenly angels, will not lessen true dignity
of character or make us less lovely here in this world.

Religion, pure and undefiled, ennobles its possessor. You will ever find
with the true Christian a marked cheerfulness, a holy, happy confidence in
God, a submission to His providences, that is refreshing to the soul. By the
Christian, God's love and benevolence can be seen in every bounty he
receives. The beauties in nature are a theme for contemplation. In studying
the natural loveliness surrounding us, the mind is carried up through nature
to the Author of all that is lovely. All the works of God are speaking to
our senses, magnifying His power, exalting His wisdom. Every created thing
has in it charms which interest the child of God and mold his taste to
regard these precious evidences of God's love above the work of human skill
(Testimonies, vol. 3, pp. 375-377).

>From Lift Him Up - Page 305

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Oh yes. One can always find strong statements on both sides of such issues. That is why I like you respect both sides. And that is the same position of my church. Of course we know that EGW did the same ... as she herself assured others they could wear a wedding ring and other jewelry at times. One has to study all of EGW to gain insights. The same in regards to meat eating. And I don't want to get started on that. But one can't just 'proof text' these issues.

"I have talked with your mother on the matter of a wedding ring and showed her what you said on the subject. She says she has no objection whatever to my wearing one." {4BIO 196.4}

The wedding was to be in Tasmania. At first she was afraid to wear a ring, considering the feelings in America. But Ellen White indicated a ring could be worn in Australia.
This is the key here to your quote ...

"In countries where the custom is imperative, we have no burden to condemn those who have their marriage ring; let them wear it if they can do so conscientiously; but let not our missionaries feel that the wearing of the ring will increase their influence one jot or tittle." Ellen White in TM 181

It is obvious that she is just speaking to the missionaries and assuring them that wearing a ring would not help their work but then it would not hinder it either.

Again ... freedom of choice. And this is where our church now stands and rightfully so.
God certainly does not require rings. That one is for sure. But then He doesn't condemn them either. This is a case where each person can decide and our Christian brothers and sisters should not question or condemn. And praise God ... that is the official position of our church. (For those of you who are SDAs.)
In a revision of all the arguments on "wedding ring" I may ask :

Where is the Biblical example for the MAs, BAs, PhDs, MDivs ? Where do we find a Biblical support for mortarboards ?

Is anybody aware of the fact that the letters we use are not out of Hebraic, but of Latin ? That the mathematics used for
- well, constructing cars or the roof of the SDA chapel do not come from Israel, but from Babylon ? Hmmm ?
God tells us to honour our mates and that is part of honour. It does not have to be that dear but it should be a proper ring on the finger. Some men believe wearing a ring is unecessary for the man but in this day and age it sends the wrong signal I'm afraid. It appears that one is single and not committed. It especially comes across that way when one is not with ones spouse and without a wedding ring on the finger.
Good thoughts Kathryn. Thank you.


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