I think you are alarmed unnecessarily, probably over something some preacher has said over the years. God's law says we are to obey authorities, which not only condone committed living together, but provides protection under law if a third party tries to interfere with the "committed" marriage.
Tell me dear bible reader, who performed the ceremony for Adam and Eve? Marriage is much more than a piece of paper and a ceremony. it is precisely "a twenty-two year commitment raising a child with love, and devotion one to another."
I think sometimes we (as in "not you only") tend to judge the previous generation according to our own times. Just because we overlap our life with others, does not imply we are as knowledgeable as they are about their own circumstances.As far as I know it, they are determined to be faithful and loving to each other until death do them part, the relationship has been blessed by numerous priests before, and at least a few family members on both sides, including my aunt, even see my mom and stepdad as husband and wife.
If I had your problem, I would be praying to God thanking Him for providing such wonderful parents, not asking Him to forgive their "marriage."
Looks to me like they had your best interests at heart all the time. Stop worrying, they both love you and are committed to your best interests. And they are as committed to God as any Christian "church blessed marriage" I have ever heard of.And if they do get a marriage license, I would lose my disability benefits.
There are even people in churches that say "going before a judge" is not a marriage, because it has to be a ceremony before a priest and witnesses. I have known people to join a church and be "remarried" because of the mores of the group to thich they had joind themselves. They just did not accept anyone's concept of marriage but their own preacher.
As for communicating with the deceased, The only case I know of from scripture was when Samuel the prophet died, and king Saul went o the witch of Endor to bring him up for a consultation about going to war with an enemy. The witch did her witch-thing, and when the real Samuel came up, she was terrified out of her skull, because she knew that seances are a result of Satan sending counterfeit spirits to convince the living of what is not true.
Dreams are not only "just dreams," they can be really frightening sometimes, because of what we have been told by others, not because of what we know. Much of "what we know" is really just "what we have been told and did not know how to respond." Sometimes years later it will return in memory as though it represents truth, when it does not, it is only superstition, and everyone knows superstition can rule the night, and ruin the day.
No, dear brother, you should not be alarmed or ashamed of two wonderful parents, you should be proud of a real marrriage in your family history, patterned after Adam and Eve's.
There can be a test of the content of their hearts and the reasons for not getting the paper documentation for the commitment.
When they file their taxes, do they claim "married" or do they claim "single?"
If their status, unmarried, is for the purpose of reducing their taxes or increasing social security benefits; perhaps they should look at the intent of their relationship.
God sees the heart, which indeed may not reflect legal paperwork, but the heart can be visible to others as well. One could say that their relationship is established to lie about their commitment for personal benefit which may not be legal.
I'm face with this same question with my parents right now. Their behavior teaches the younger generation by example. Should we not be worried about that?
I am not fully confident of how God would see it, yet I am concerned about how many young people are doing it. When they do it, we call it "living in sin." When my "parents" do it, shall we call it something else?
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