Marriage is a divine institution. It is a covenant instituted by God. Marriage is a divine union between a man and a woman. It is the formal union of a man and a woman, typically recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife. The Bible does not give specific details or directions about a marriage ceremony, yet it does mention weddings in several places. Jesus attended a wedding in John 2. Wedding ceremonies were a well-established tradition in Jewish history and in Bible times. Scripture is clear about marriage being a holy and divinely established covenant. It is equally clear about our obligation to honor and obey the laws of our earthly governments, which are also divinely established authorities.
The Catholic Church recognizes marriage as one of the seven Sacraments because the Bible itself suggests such upholding of marriage. This indicates that marriage is a noble thing. Even Paul asserts that husband and wife must love each other aspects Christ loves the church. (Ephesians5:21-33). The Book of Genesis suggests that God does bless marriages. (Gen 1:28). God’s intervention is a solid foundation that makes marriage into a sacrament.
There are three commonly held beliefs about what constitutes a marriage in the eyes of God:
1. The couple is married in the eyes of God when the physical union is consummated through sexual intercourse.
2. The couple is married in the eyes of God when the couple is legally married.
3. The couple is married in the eyes of God after they have participated in a formal religious wedding ceremony.
*Excerpt from “Married And Wed For Good”. Written by Agnes Isika*