Someone actually wrote something in this thread that made a lot of sense, can't remember who said it, but it was along the lines of not finding every single answer to every single life question within the bounds of the Bible, it points us to Christ - who we then follow. You should ask God what marriage looks like for you, don't ask everyone else, you're going to get 100's of different responses, then report back here and we can argue with God about what He told you.
For in much wisdom is much vexation,
and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
pardon me; for omitting your brow beating ridicule of the mod
just hope that someday you'll learn how to recognize zeal & enthusiasm for God... & also realize that there is such a thing as Righteous Indignation, given all the Biblical examples of them... even by The Good Shepherd Himself...
(sadly) it's an all too common misconception; that Jesus was a passive/permissive, complacent Teacher
(sadly) modern society seems to be conforming to the anything goes trend on marriage (secular anyway)
No, because it depends on the society one is in and the commitment between the two partners. But if you are missing one, you might not have a marriage. In other words, they are necessary, but not sufficient, for marriage. Is two people having sex a marriage? No. Is a ceremony only? No. We will have some combination of all of these.So would you say the lack of sex, a piece of paper, a ceremony, and/or commitment means it is not a marriage?
For example, most people didn't get the "certificate" until relatively recently in history. For someone living in a tribal/agrarian society, people just got married in a ceremony and made a commitment. This constitutes a marriage.
But, if you live in a society where "the piece of paper" is required for marriage, it is part of marriage because marriage is a social institution that affects other people.
The Bible doesn't define marriage (as a process/societal institution) because it simply cannot. It can define Christian marriage, but not marriage itself. If man/woman marriage is as old as creation, then it's universal. There isn't a need to put exact parameters on it because it happens in all cultures.
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