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    What is a biblical definition of marriage? How does this definition now clash with the American culture's view of marriage?
    How can the marriage ceremony be altered to further enhance participant's understanding of a theology of marriage?
    What elements need to be included (in terms of spiritually, ethically, and legally) in the marriage ceremony itself?

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    Based on your questions I give the following hints that will enable you elaborate your ideas.
    1) The main biblical definition of marriage is found within the first pages of the Sacred Scripture. In Genesis 2, after God created Eve from the rib of Adam, at the sight of Eve Adam exclaimed: «This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; This one shall be called "woman," for out of 'her man' this one has been taken.» In addition, the biblical author continued, «That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body» (Gen 2: 23-24). From the above quotation we get the following points:
    • Man and Woman (married couple) are bones of the same bones
    • They are flesh of the same flesh
    • Their union comes before any other relationship even those formed prior to the said union (with their parents).
    Having said this we won't neglect the fact that led to the creation of woman according to the narration we have in Genesis 2. God said in 2:18: "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him". The Hebrew word which has been translated with "suitable partner" is "neged" which means "in front of". That means that God wanted to make him someone who will be in front of him i.e. a reflection that is similar to the one we have in front of a mirror. In this case, the so-called ...

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    This solution talks about the biblical definition of marriage and how that definition clashes with the American culture's view of marriage.
    As a result it discusses how the marriage ceremony can be altered to further enhance participant's understanding of a theology of marriage and the elements (in terms of spiritually, ethically, and legally) to include in the marriage ceremony itself.

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