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I cannot make up my mind regarding a marriage proposal. Could you please advise me?

The wise prophet and king, Solomon said, "To everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose under the Heaven. A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which was planted, a time to weep, and a time to laugh..."(Ecclesiastes 3:1-4). This means that one should do everything in  the "fullness of time" and according to what God has planned for them.

This Holy Bible verse is not only a verse; it is a natural law. When considering getting married to someone, you should ask yourself the following questions:
  1. Is this person spiritually mature capable of building a Christian home?

  2. Do you both have a strong foundation in the Christian faith to be able to form a family based on a strong Christian foundation of knowledge in the Word of God and His commandments?

    Being physically and emotionally attracted to a certain person is not a strong enough cause for making such an important decision. Emotions are unreliable and can often change or weaken.

  3. During the engagement period, you should get to know what you both have in common and where you differ. Also, each other's interests, ways of thinking, and lifestyle.

Marriage is a sacrament and therefore should not be taken lightly.

Pray and read the Holy Bible to seek direction. I am sure in the "fullness of time" you will have your answer.
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