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Thursday
Jul022015

A new definition of marriage

Marriage is a human institution, defined and sanctioned by governments. It has to be if it’s going to have legal standing. Most religions regard marriage as sacred, but since it’s not necessary to be religious to get married, it makes no sense to be offended if governments choose to let more people in on the benefits.

The nature and demands of love have not changed, however. Divorces appear to be at an all-time high, but marriage is still about commitment, patience, hope and selfless love. That’s where we should be focusing now, on strengthening the idea of marriage itself. And one good way to do that is to dig deeper for a more meaningful relationship with our one true and everlasting partner, God.

This will enable us to be better partners in whatever relationships we find ourselves.

The purpose of life is to rise ever higher so we can do more good for humanity – to break through and break down the barriers and limitations of a material way of viewing things and demonstrate the healing power of divine Love. Ideally, pairing up with someone will help us do that. And pairing up with God as well can help us do it in even greater ways. A profound relationship with God – the fruit of constant, spiritually alert prayer – opens the way to deeper insight, wisdom and spiritual power and shows a path to a more effective love for humanity.

Instead of regretting that the place of marriage seems to be slipping, we should go higher now and understand the fundamental marriage as the union of man with God. Then we can bring the power of that realization into our relationships and communities and make them stronger. We need to protect love with divine fortifications if we want to preserve its purity for ourselves and our children.

Reader Comments (4)

A wonderful post - so timely.

Haven't seen this hot button issue quite communicated like this. I hope a lot of people can read it.

July 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVictor Bourdain

Keith!
This is most engaging and evoking. It says a lot. And reaches deep.
Your emphasis on God is profound and true.
Also agreeing that one’s human commitments can be made even better, etc.,
with the first Love being God.
Thanks for your efforts and insights in all of this.
It’s excellent.
It will help many, I am sure.

Sincerely,
Susan

July 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Collins

Keith,
So important to have people thinking deeply about this subject and I appreciate your thoughtful blog. I would only say that my concern is less the outcome of the Court's recent decision on same-sex marriage and more on whether this is a breach of the 10th amendment -- States' Rights, or that the Federal Government possesses only those powers the Constitution delegates to it.
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
There has been a robust discussion going on throughout the country on this issue at the state level, with 11 choosing same-sex marriages. While that is exactly what we should be having -- the people's right to choose--shouldn't individuals be concerned that the Supreme Court essentially stopped the dialogue, overruling the other 39 that are still working through the issue? I'm concerned that one of our critical three branches of government is overriding the people, creating laws that force social change faster than at least 39 states had determined.

July 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMadelon Maupin

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