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Ah Marriage. My Religion Teacher Explained That One With A Diamond Analogy.

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Posted by S.H. Le on December 14, 1999 02:30:47 UTC

Beelzebub: Righteous marriage? Who does determine what is a righteous marriage? I'd really like to know that. -------- If my memory serves me, according to my high school religion teacher, a marriage was deemed to be a marriage by the couple themselves. The couple initiates this sacrament and the whole ceremony is meant to signify what's occured in their hearts... an unbreakable covenant or something (the priest doesn't cause marriage to occur, he just makes it legal and official). Thus, if one of the members in the marriage really was never in love, or information was withheld by one of the parties that would have effected whether or not the marriage covenent would be made (ex. say you didn't tell her you were gay, that you were already married, etc), the marriage was never a true one. Hence, you could get an annulment granted by the church that says "your marriage was never really a true marriage in the first place, so your free to have guiltless sex with other people," or something to that effect. Of course the negative implication would be if the couple had kids, in which case the children are left feeling like they were the product of an unholy unity, and they aren't seen as God's children. Needless to say it can cause needless trauma. Also, since the "withholding info" thing can be rather ambiguous (ex. I didn't know he/she was a slob, thus making cohabitation impossible), there are more annulments than ever before, especially in northamerica.

According to my teacher, the ceremony wasn't really necessary, the whole exchaning rings was a symbol of an unbreakable covenant. I theory this kind of a think could be done in my basement... and you wouldn't even need a real priest. Hmmm... getting ideas.

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