The subject of "MARRIAGE" is big news today and probably will continue to be such, at least to election day. This redacted information comes to us from a Guest Contributor under the heading: 'Marriage: Setting the Truth and Historical Record Straight'.
This article does not argue for or against 'traditional' marriage or for or against marriage between same gender couples. Those arguments have been made and will continue to be made by the zealots from both sides.
Because both sides of this issue have failed to represent (with any validity to their positions in terms of) the facts of what "marriage" is and have failed to separate 'Biblical Marriage' from 'Legal Marriage', we present this basic, factual information. Information that is written in very basic straight forward terminology so that even our readers from West Virginia can understand it.
God told Adam and Eve to go forward and procreate. Then, Adam and Eve fucked and fucking means marriage according to the accepted Bible (Old Testament) definition of the term.
Later in Biblical history when a man 'took' a woman as his wife and they fucked this was cultural and societal marriage. It was also considered marriage under God's law as it was presented in this era.
Still later, certain ceremonial customs of marriage became the norm for those in hierarchical stations in life such as Kings and their children. But for most people when a man took a woman as his wife this meant that they were fucking partners. The primary purpose of fucking was to procreate according to Bible teaching.
It was about this time in Biblical history that if either of the fucking partners fucked any one other than the person they fucked first, that person became an Adulterer under God's law and was to be put to death under Biblical scripture (Leviticus 20:10).
After Christ died the Catholic Church gradually shaped the social culture into a theocracy. The new law--The New Testament-- wasn't written until generations later. During this interim 'Church Marriage' became the norm for many men and and women, but this took many forms, but based on (Old Law) Old Testament standards.
Sometimes priests were involved, sometimes not. Few people could read or write (or allowed to read or write) as these things were discouraged by The Church and even considered a sin for 100's of years. Most marriages were reported to the Church, however, for their records and used as a form of lineage identification.
Essentially, when a man fucked a woman they were married under ecclesiastical law until one of them died. The Church was intermediary between the people and God in this early form of Christianity. Only the clergy read the Bible which was interpreted for 'the people' by the clergy.
This basic information tells the story of Biblical Marriage in the Western world.
Other cultures used many different standards, had different forms of government and social controls and different religions and spiritual standards.
Accordingly, let the debate continue. And, of course it will.
But let us all hope this debate becomes based in fact with relevance to truth and not the colossal ignorance America has been exposed to from both sides so far.