[quote="Usige, post:13, topic:350498"]
No argument there. I was specifically addressing the OP's statement: *Is the idea that it's a "sacrament" left over from when church was law and establishing matrimony as a "sacrament" kept track of things better?
*I was more trying to speak to the fact that marriage is a natural institution established by God long before states needed to "keep track of things". I would say the order was:
*]God established the natural state of marriage
*]The state recognizes marriage
*]Christ raised matrimony to the dignity of a sacrament
*]The state completely messes up what marriage is. ;)
The original marriage was without divorce. It existed for Adam and Eve when they were just. The Jewish law was not that, as Christ explains, related in Matt 19. The state of justice is necessary to receive the increase of grace of matrimony which certainly was available from the time of Christ's salvation of Mankind. It seems that Christ restored original marriage of Adam and Eve. It may be that the state has never recognized original marriage. What do you think?
Christ speaking in Matt 19:  Who answering, said to them:
Have ye not read, that he who made man from the beginning, Made them male and female?
And he said:
 For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.
 They say to him:
Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorce, and to put away?
 He saith to them:
Because Moses by reason of the hardness of your heart permitted you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.  And I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.
 His disciples say unto him:
If the case of a man with his wife be so, it is not expedient to marry.
 Who said to them:
All men take not this word, but they to whom it is given.  For there are eunuchs, who were born so from their mother' s womb: and there are eunuchs, who were made so by men: and there are eunuchs, who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven. He that can take, let him take it.