Christian Marriage Is ....
Christian marriage is the marriage of a man and a woman in which each lives for the other and both live for God.
That there are other couples who love each other, and can be devoted to each other as the substance of that love, is true.
But marriage is an acknowledgement and vow before God and conducted by one with God-given authority, before witnesses that is more than just a uniting by man's law, but a sealing by God's law of a man and a woman.
As such it contrasts to a civil marriage which grants only certain rights and privileges in keeping with the laws of the jurisdiction in which it is certified, and any wider jurisdictions in which it is recognized.
In America, both types of marriages are still performed, but with those differences, including some ecclesiastical marriages performed by clergy licensed by their jurisdictions to perform such marriages.
A Christian marriage has as its ideal goal the creation of a family of a father, a mother, and a child or children, in keeping with holy scriptures which have long defined such marriages.
The question may be raised: "What if two dedicated Christians, again a man and a woman, marry in a civil ceremony and "live for each other, and both live for God"?
Even a civil ceremony requires witnesses, and usually requires some statement of promises that the man and the woman make to each other. That their marriage was not performed by someone with God-given authority to seal the man to the woman and the woman to the man, is certainly a major difference in such a legal, civil ceremony, no matter how devout the intentions of the couple marrying.
There remain the questions of how different Christian religious institutions regard marriage as pertains to the dogma of their particular faith, and each will perhaps interpret holy scripture to bolster their existing positions.
That a devout Christian couple would pray about what is such an important decision in their lives goes without saying. Their choice of venue and authority for their wedding will likely be of almost equal importance to them as Christians.
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