What Constitutes Marriage? Today there is much confusion about marriage, divorce and re-marriage. Before you dive into the deep study, there must be some understanding of how marriage and divorce are defined.
MARRIAGE is the process by which two people who love each other make their relationship public, official, and permanent. It is the joining of two people in a bond that lasts until death, but in practice is increasingly cut short by divorce. (Psychology Today website)
DIVORCE is the leagal and formal dissolution of a marriage, to dissolve legally a marriage - dictionary
Genesis 2:22-24 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. 23 And Adam said: "This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man." 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Required a “certificate of divorce” - legal document
Deuteronomy 24:1 "When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some uncleanness in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce , puts it in her hand, and sends her out of his house,
Mark 6:17-18 17 For Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife; for he had married her. 18 For John had said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
Marriage is an agreement (a contract) between two eligible parties, to take each other in holy matrimony, according to the laws of God and the land. When I promounce a couple “husband and wife” they are in fact at that time husband and wife.”
Your Marriage Can Be Great , edited by Tomas Warren, page 93