Meaning of marriage?


#1

Did God create marriage for our benefit or for his? Is the sacrament of marriage simply an offical recognition and allowance of sexual intercourse between a man and a woman? Is marriage simply a concession to those who can't remain celibate for the rest of their lives? I read a lot of traditional/SSPX literature and a lot of these people have said the marriage is simply a concession to celibacy, nothing more.


#2

Read here and the next six sections. Also, God clearly did not intend mankind to be a celibate species. Wouldn't have made for much of a species.


#3

Ephesians 5:21-33
Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord.
For the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the church, he himself the savior of the body.
As the church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word,

that he might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
So (also) husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.

**"For this reason a man shall leave (his) father and (his) mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." **This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the church.

In any case, each one of you should love his wife as himself, and the wife should respect her husband.

I don't know what exactly you are reading, but marriage is not simply a "concession" to celebacy! :confused:

Marriage, is probably the hardest thing I have ever done in my life and not a vocation to be taken lightly! And considering that the Church thought it important enough to make it a SACRAMENT, and the early church said this about marriage, I find this post insulting!


#4

I don't know how you can be insulted by questions. By the way I replied to your private message.


#5

She is insulted because your question expresses a crass view of a beautiful sacrament.

You are giving marriage a great disrespect and yes, a great insult, if all you can say about it is that it is for people who can't control their sexual urges.

Marriage reflects the very nature of the Trinity: the lover, the beloved, and the love that they share. Here is an article by Alice von Hildebrand that does a nice job of explaining the meaning of marriage:

catholicnewsagency.com/resource.php?n=405


#6

[quote="jpjd, post:5, topic:220272"]
She is insulted because your question expresses a crass view of a beautiful sacrament.

You are giving marriage a great disrespect and yes, a great insult, if all you can say about it is that it is for people who can't control their sexual urges.

Marriage reflects the very nature of the Trinity: the lover, the beloved, and the love that they share. Here is an article by Alice von Hildebrand that does a nice job of explaining the meaning of marriage:

catholicnewsagency.com/resource.php?n=405

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Well if you read some of our great latin saints like St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine they at times portray marriage as simply an outlet for those who can't control sexual urges. Just saying. The Council of Trent also says something to the effect that marriage stops men from becoming fornicators.


#7

That may be the case for some men who have poor self-control, but to say that this is the meaning of marriage simply makes marriage a means of legalized prostitution with the same woman. That's why this view is so crass and insulting.

The meaning of marriage has to do with love, not sex. Sex is the expression of love and that's why it is reserved for marriage.


#8

[quote="notredame_999, post:1, topic:220272"]
Did God create marriage for our benefit or for his? Is the sacrament of marriage simply an offical recognition and allowance of sexual intercourse between a man and a woman? Is marriage simply a concession to those who can't remain celibate for the rest of their lives? I read a lot of traditional/SSPX literature and a lot of these people have said the marriage is simply a concession to celibacy, nothing more.

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For ours.

No.

No.


#9

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