I got in a conversation about Gay marriage on facebook, and I defined marriage as
“Marriage is the union of a man and a woman before God, in which the two become one, in which their love is open to give forth new life through the marital act.”
(That’s correct right? I didn’t give a false definition contrary to what the church teaches right?)
I was then asked if two non religious people have the right to call themselves married.
Its my understanding that the church does not recognize their marriage. So then my question is, if 2 atheists get married in a courthouse, should I refrain from calling them married? Or should I still call them married because they fulfilled all the other criteria?
What did the early Christians say about pagan marriages? Would the early Christians while taking to a pagan say “Why don’t you and your ‘wife’ come over for dinner?”
So are the two non religious people married or not? And why or why not?