We see glimpses of similar traditions in the Old Testament but, again, nothing that binds us today.
Whatever engagement is, we need to admit that it is a cultural, not a biblical, construct.
Also contains thought provoking questions for the couple to ponder how they are going to grow in marriage and as persons.
Reminds couples that they are planning for a marriage, not just a wedding.
But looking after one's marriage must be the first priority: how would you like to have three preschoolers, work part-time, do your own housework, cooking and washing, and do it all as a single parent?
Neither will I pretend like I have the best advice, since I am not even married.Is it a tentative agreement that can be broken off on a whim? The first thing we must admit is that there is no New Testament command that a couple must be engaged before they are married, and no New Testament edict about what an engagement looks like.We see a description of —something similar to engagement—in the lives of Mary and Joseph, but no prescription that we are to imitate this exact form of it.With the Couple to Couple League International, pioneers and educators of natural family planning.Marriage Is For Keeps: Foundations for Christian Marriage - John F.Like the white dress at the wedding or the black suit at the funeral, engagement is a construct that varies significantly from culture to culture.