Christian Marriage Article Nov 9, 2017 17:58:48 GMT -5
Post by petrushka on Nov 9, 2017 17:58:48 GMT -5
It would be senseless to brow-beat a Muslim or an atheist with the Christian definition of marriage. It's not relevant to them. That's not in the scope of how they define their world.
But for two Christians entering into marriage, the Biblical guidance on marriage is extremely relevant, part of the beliefs they've mutually adopted, and a clear definition of the expectation that both parties should have. So, for them, it's very relevant to be reminded of the fully-informed commitment they made at the altar.
But, you see, that simply isn't the case. Exegesis comes into it. Take the 'classic' view of the Catholic Church - turn of last century: you're only supposed to bonk if you intend to make more Catholic babies. Which, I am sure, is not at all congruent with what brother h desires.
In a very crude parallel, each country has different rules for conducting business; if you can't abide by the rules, take your business elsewhere. Don't expect any leniency when you flaunt the rules after you signed up to follow them.
Yupp, I do know that. One reason why I am happy to be an expat. But the codes of law of most countries are pretty unambiguous so long as you don't get into countries that follow religious laws (i.e. Middle East where a guy just spent 5 months in jail for touching another blokes hip trying to get past him). Holy books are ambiguous at best, and just plain self contradictory at worst. Which is why there is no such thing as a paradigm of Christian Marriage as you refer to it.
As a very crude example: just look at how how many Christians treat the very unambiguous "Thou shalt not kill".