• Money drives religion's control of Marriage. The Catholic Church is not free. Their acceptance or rejection of souls depends on your ability to pay. If you give enough, even a murderer can get a great funeral with all the fixings in the Church, but a little old lady who practices what the church preaches, but hasn't attended or given to the church in a while, will be lucky to get a service on the steps outside. I know this to be true. My Mother was told this by a Priest in New York City when My Grandmother died. Needless to say, my Mother had a few choice words for the Priest. My Grandmother got buried with the help of a Family friend, who knew a Priest with a Right Spirit within him.
  • honestly i have no idea how we can base our society on a book that was written thousands of years ago...according to that book liars shouldn't marry either...oh but let's over look that..
  • In western society, they've allowed religion to gain control of it It's called a wedding. Just a few hundred years ago, there were some ceremonies that didn't include religion (handfasting, etc). There is nothing 'holy' about marriage, in the eyes of a church. It's just another attempt to insinuate religion in places where it by and large doesn't need to: Baptisms, Annunciations, Coming of Age, Etc. Because if humans were left to their own devices, religion would've gone the way of the dinosaur as well.
  • Over time, I think all marriages will commonly become known as civil unions rather than marriages. The term marriage embodies religious implications for certain groups of people, who seem to think it's godly to be bigoted. Personally, I am unclear why it is the business of the church or the state to have a record of anyone's sexuality orientation or marital status.
  • Because it was first 'established' in church. The first establishment of Marriage, with official paper work and recognition and such, might have been done with churches. However today, since many don't even want anything to do with Church, marriages should be done by city officials and judges rather than Church Clergy... I don't know why they haven't already made such places as of yet...
  • Better yet, why should the government be involved in the marriage business in the first place? It's the government who says who can and cannot be married, not religion.
    • mushroom
  • You were fine in your statement until you put in the parentheses. Although too many men still think they "own" their wives. When Jesus arose from the grave He raised the level of the woman to the same as the man giving her all the rights and privileges the man has had since the beginning. The church has for the most part kept the woman subservient to the man. Man does not want to give up his hold over the woman either so he uses his strength over a woman to keep her down. Women you should begin asserting your rights and strengths. You are not above man but equal too him.
  • There is already civil marriage. If you want religious marriage, go to the religious officiator of your choice and abide by their rules. If you want civil marriage, go to City Hall (or Nevada).
  • Religions want totalitarian control over people. They also swindle money from people
  • Because those in churches have been indoctrinated into believing the only possible marriage is between one man and one woman. If people in churches would take the time to learn the truth of the Bible they would know the lies of the church. The Bible says to love your neighbour as yourself that means everyone without exception. The church today is totally indoctrinated with legalism and has been for over 2000 years. Learn the truth and the truth will set you free of legalism.
  • Its not. Its controlled by the government. Sacred unions are different from civil unions, but they should be equal before civil law. Everyone should have the right to be unhappily married, sued for divorce and have to pay alimony and child support! But then you don't have to get married anymore to enjoy all those other rights! Power to the people, man!
  • It isn't. Marriage is controlled by law - not religion, kid. Try to keep up.
  • Marriage-The union of a man and a woman as husband and wife according to the standard set out by God. Marriage is a divine institution, authorized and established by God in Eden. Those of us who wish to classify our union with another individual as a “marriage”, then it must uphold the standard set by the Creator of that Institution. It is as if you would like a high-end accessory, you could very easily choose to go to a certain part of town and purchase an exact replica and nobody would ever know the difference. If you choose to own an authentic accessory, you have to go through the process that the maker of that brand has established.
    • Thinker
      There is no place in the Bible stating marriage is between a man and a woman. The Lord God approved polygamy many more times than monogamy. Adam and Eve were not married in Eden but after they were removed from there. None of their 5 children were even born in Eden. The Lord God never said marriage was only between a man and a woman He never set any boundaries as to marriage being plural, monogamous, or celibate. I think maybe you need to do a little research about the Bible not just rely on preachers and just reading the Bible.
    • Rick Myres
      God did not approve polygamy He allowed it. He gave us all free will. He did not create robots. And you claim there is no place in the Bible stating a man and a woman? Genesis 2:23?24 23 Then the man said, ?This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.? 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Nowhere does the Bible say three or more will be one flesh.
    • LizzyP
      1Ti 3:2,12 & Titus 1:5,6 both use the expression ?husband of one wife? as a quality of a spiritual man. God has set clear standards regarding the sacred union of marriage in Ephesians 5:21-33, Gen 2:24, Mat 19: 4-8, Mr 10:2-9, 1 Pe 3:1-6, Heb 13:4, 1 Cor 7:39, Mat 19:9, Exo 20:14, just to name a few. I?ve done plenty of ?research?, have you? Who has preached the doctrine of polygamy to you? Are your beliefs based on your extensive research and regular Bible reading? Where is it written that Adam and Eve had ?5? children? So you believe that Adam and Eve were not married when they lived in Eden? Perhaps you should ?read? Genesis 2:20-25.
  • not sure why

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