Disciple of Thecla
5/15/13 at 11:31 AM 8 Comments

What Exactly is Marriage?

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What exactly is marriage?

By this question, I inquire for a more detailed and in-depth answer than merely "one man, one woman," or "any single person you love." There is a lot more to the definition of marriage than either side in the debate has taken into consideration. And I raise these questions because everyone in our country - including the Supreme Court - must answer when deciding about the nature of marriage.

Is marriage a legal document?

If so, what about marriages within cultures and countries that lack a written word? Are those actual marriages?

If so, who decides what marriage is to establish it on paper in the first place?

If so, how is marriage decided in order to be codified?

Is marriage sexual fidelity?

If so, can a couple have sexual fidelity without a legal document?

If so, how could a legal document prevent infidelity?

If so, then what does the indiscriminate sex with multiple partners and the sexual advertisements for mass consumption declare about the condition of marriage in our culture?

If so, then what is the purpose or function of sex?

Is marriage a loving couple who love only each other?

If so, what about relationships with friends and neighbors? Are those relationships not loving?

If so, then what is love?

If so, then is love decided by governments or legal documents?

Is marriage whatever the government decides it to be?

If so, then does marriage exist in other countries or cultures without bureaucracies? Does marriage only exist in complex societies and not simple societies?

If so, then does the government control emotions such as love or actions such as fidelity?

If so, then what is the extent of government authority over humanity?

Is marriage a collection of special rights or privileges?

If so, then who decides these rights or privileges?

If so, then love or fidelity have little involvement in the matter - particularly since love is not limited to marriage anyway and since most of these rights or privileges do not appear to concern sex.

If so, then therefore because love is not limited to marriage and sex is a non-issue over these rights and privileges, it is quite possible to have celibate marriages to obtain these rights and privileges, which both sides of the marriage debate would disagree over.

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