Are there any requirements for a man and a woman to be married? Do they have to be able to perform the marital act? Do they have to have adequate mental capacity? Or are the only guidelines for a them to be a man and woman and that’s it?
The reason I ask is that a friend of mine who attends a Christian church posted a video that talked about a young married couple. The thing was though, that the woman still married the man even after he had an accident and had a traumatic brain injury. Anyway, the couple eventually got married and explained that because they loved each other and that they had Christ to strengthen them, they got married because eventually he could communicate.
Now don’t get me wrong, its sweet the woman still stayed with her boyfriend, and it’s wonderful that she took care of him. However, how could they practice to “be fruitful and multiply” in marriage if he couldn’t function in that way (I assume he couldn’t, he was still wheelchair bound), but does this count as a marriage? Also, to me it seemed to promote the message of that marriage is simply about love and children and consummation are not needed in marriage. In Catholic teaching, it’s about procreation as well as love between a man and a woman.
So for those of the evangelical non denominational persuasion, is all thats required of a marriage simply a man and a woman. By the way, this video was put out by a church affiliated with a John Piper. I’m not familiar with him, but it seemed like a typical nondenominational evangelical type ministry that showed this video