He clearly did answer them by saying she wouldn't be married at all, but will be like the angels. Paul backs that up in Romans by saying that after death we are no longer under the laws of marriage because the marriage is over at the time of death.<quoted text>
Listen, you don't have to believe in eternal marriage to understand the context of what was being said.
Priests of a Jewish division didn't believe in the resurrection. Those that followed them believed the same.
This priest group understood Jesus might believe as the other priest group that believed in the resurrection. But they understood he knew the law and knew it well, it's why these priests were constantly challenging his knowledge. They wanted to prove he didn't know as much as people said/claimed he knew. He had a following and they didn't like it. His followers came from their division and other divisions. Losing followers wasn't good for business just like today.
So the priests not believing in the resurrection decided to poke fun at it while asking Jesus a plausible question. If a woman married a man and he died, then married his other brothers as each one of them died, in the resurrection who's wife would would she be?
Now understand their question. A woman would marry seven brothers as they each would die, one after the other. Finally there would be no brothers to marry and she would die. They would all be resurrected and the priests wanted to know which husband she would belong to in the after life as she had married all seven while on earth, not in heaven.
Understand? The priests are pretending to believe for a moment that it was true, that those married on earth would remain married in the resurrection, a belief they didn't believe in.
Now read Jesus's answer..."When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage;"...he didn't answer their question! Do you see that? They gave him a pretend scenario of a woman going through 7 brothers till her own death. They wanted to know in the resurrection they didn't believe in, which brother of the seven would be her husband. Jesus didn't answer them.
Yes he did when he told them she was going to be like the angels. It was a direct answer to a direct question.Jesus gave a reply about how the dead in this life now, they would not marry or be given in marriage in the resurrection. Jesus didn't say the woman already married couldn't remain married in the resurrection. That should have been his answer. Understand? His answer should have pertained to the woman and who her husband would be or wouldn't be.
That would be wonderful if they were talking about remarrying, but they wasn't. You make Jesus sound like a idiot.Instead, Jesus stated that those that would die in this life, they wouldn't marry nor be given in marriage, but he didn't give an answer if a marriage done now wouldn't continue in the resurrection. Jesus was stating it was ludicrous to think you could be remarried if you had already been married in this life once you were in the after life, understand?
Except the woman in question was not only married, she was married 7 times. You really are pathetic with this line of dribble.Jesus's statement was separating those married in this life from those not married in this life. That those that died unmarried in this life, those were they that... "..will neither marry nor be given in marriage;"... in the after life.
And the marriage is over the minute you die. That's was what Jesus was saying. Plain and simple, and his words are worth more than all the Jewish scholars you can drag out. Your claims are 100% BS.Jesus was stating we have but one chance to be married and it's in this life, not in the resurrection.