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A sister wants to know ....

On completion of 25 years of marriage is called silver wedding and we use a silver wedding ring in addition to the gold wedding ring put at the time of marriage is there any false religious connection to using a silver wedding ring would love some info on scriptural / organisation advice

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It is up to the individual."Hence, in a matter where there is no clear violation of Bible principles, Jehovah’s Witnesses do not create a hard-and-fast rule. Instead, each Christian must weigh the circumstances at hand and make a personal decision." There were earlier articles on this; we covered it in pioneer school.

A balanced view of popular customs 1/8/2000, Awake

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Hi Brother Dilip,

 

I am not sure if there are any articles or specific information on "Silver Rings",

however there are some principles that this Sister could take from 

some articles in the past that deal with "Wedding Rings" and pagan origins.

 

So here is part of an article that I thought gives a good explanation about this matter.

I hope this is helpful to this Sister

 

 

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*** w72 1/15 p. 63 Questions From Readers ***
It is thus seen that the precise origin of the wedding ring is uncertain. Even if it were a fact that pagans first used wedding rings, would that rule such out for Christians? Not necessarily.
 
Many of today’s articles of clothing and aspects of life originated in pagan lands. The present time divisions of hours, minutes and seconds are based on an early Babylonian system. Yet, there is no objection to a Christian’s using these time divisions, for one’s doing so does not involve carrying on false religious practices.
 
Of course, our concern is greater as regards the use of wedding rings, since this relates, not to minor secular matters, but to the marriage relationship, which the Christian rightly views as sacred before God. Really, the question is not so much whether wedding rings were first used by pagans but whether they were originally used as part of false religious practices and still retain such religious significance. As has been shown, the historical evidence does not allow for any definite conclusion on this. What does the Bible say about the use of rings?
 
The Bible shows that some of God’s servants in the past wore rings, even ones that had special meaning attached to them. Wearing a signet ring could indicate that one had received authority to act in behalf of the ruler who owned it. (Gen. 41:42; Num. 31:50; Esther 8:2, 8; Job 42:11, 12; Luke 15:22) So, while wedding rings are not mentioned, these true worshipers clearly did not scruple against using rings for more than mere adornment.
 
Some persons say that a wedding ring represents one’s unending love and devotion in marriage. The increasing divorce rate in many lands where married persons usually wear a wedding ring proves that this meaning is more imagined than real. Nonetheless, for the majority of persons, including Christians, in lands where wedding rings are common, the ring is an outward indication that the wearer is a married person. In other localities the same point is shown in a different way, such as by a woman’s wearing a certain style of clothing.
 
Of course, a wedding ring is by no means a Christian requirement. One Christian might decide not to wear a wedding ring, because of conscience, personal taste, cost, local custom, or some other reason. Yet another Christian might decide to indicate his married status by means of a wedding ring. Hence, in the final analysis the decision is a personal one, to be made in accord with the conscientious views one holds.
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Hi Brother Dilip,

 

I am not sure if there are any articles or specific information on "Silver Rings",

however there are some principles that this Sister could take from 

some articles in the past that deal with "Wedding Rings" and pagan origins.

 

So here is part of an article that I thought gives a good explanation about this matter.

I hope this is helpful to this Sister

 

 

======================================================================

 

*** w72 1/15 p. 63 Questions From Readers ***
It is thus seen that the precise origin of the wedding ring is uncertain. Even if it were a fact that pagans first used wedding rings, would that rule such out for Christians? Not necessarily.
 
Many of today’s articles of clothing and aspects of life originated in pagan lands. The present time divisions of hours, minutes and seconds are based on an early Babylonian system. Yet, there is no objection to a Christian’s using these time divisions, for one’s doing so does not involve carrying on false religious practices.
 
Of course, our concern is greater as regards the use of wedding rings, since this relates, not to minor secular matters, but to the marriage relationship, which the Christian rightly views as sacred before God. Really, the question is not so much whether wedding rings were first used by pagans but whether they were originally used as part of false religious practices and still retain such religious significance. As has been shown, the historical evidence does not allow for any definite conclusion on this. What does the Bible say about the use of rings?
 
The Bible shows that some of God’s servants in the past wore rings, even ones that had special meaning attached to them. Wearing a signet ring could indicate that one had received authority to act in behalf of the ruler who owned it. (Gen. 41:42; Num. 31:50; Esther 8:2, 8; Job 42:11, 12; Luke 15:22) So, while wedding rings are not mentioned, these true worshipers clearly did not scruple against using rings for more than mere adornment.
 
Some persons say that a wedding ring represents one’s unending love and devotion in marriage. The increasing divorce rate in many lands where married persons usually wear a wedding ring proves that this meaning is more imagined than real. Nonetheless, for the majority of persons, including Christians, in lands where wedding rings are common, the ring is an outward indication that the wearer is a married person. In other localities the same point is shown in a different way, such as by a woman’s wearing a certain style of clothing.
 
Of course, a wedding ring is by no means a Christian requirement. One Christian might decide not to wear a wedding ring, because of conscience, personal taste, cost, local custom, or some other reason. Yet another Christian might decide to indicate his married status by means of a wedding ring. Hence, in the final analysis the decision is a personal one, to be made in accord with the conscientious views one holds.

 

This is the article we read for pio school. It is more detailed than the 2000 update, but makes the same reasoning. 

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If we think this way -

After 25 years of wedding, it is called Silver Jubilee -  So  "something silver gift " is given

After 50 years of wedding, it is called Golden Jubilee - So "something in gold as gift" is given (most of the couples do not get chance for this... :)  )

After 75 years of wedding, it is called Platinum Jubilee - So "something in Platinum as gift" is given (99% do not get this chance at all... :lol: .)

The question is  -  During the marriage  a golden ring is given and  after 25 years Silver? why?  Silver is inferior to Gold and why it is necessary to give a Silver?  We can give something more precious.   To give ONLY SILVER on that occasion can be like following some "Tradition"   If we think on this line, then  no couple will ever buy Platinum ring or to many, no  Golden Ring .

So is it necessary for someone to wait 50 or 75 years to offer a Gold or Platinum?  That is what called "Tradition".  We can give any kind of gift  as may be precious, on these occasions.

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