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Does the Bible support the need to have a marriage officially solemnized or officiated?



      

Colossians 3:18 - 4:1

ESV - 18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
To my knowledge, although the Bible speaks of weddings, and also contains (in passages such as the one cited in the question) guidance on how Christian spouses and families should interact with each other, it is silent on specific details or requirements with regard to the manner in which an actual marriage ceremony is to be conducted or made "official".

As long as such a ceremony meets the statutory requirements (with respect to such things as licensing, testing, time frames, and so forth) of the civil jurisdiction in which the ceremony is held (which would address the Christian's obligation to obey such laws), and also satisfies the requirements of whatever Christian community or denomination in which a couple might choose to be married (if they have such a preference at all), those would be the central considerations. In that respect, a civil ceremony would be just as valid and binding in God's eyes as a religious ritual.

However, the Bible would support (in my opinion) some form of official, state-sponsored recognition (whether civil or religious) of a couple's relationship. This would be not just a matter of compliance with any applicable laws, but also from the standpoint of providing legal rights and protections to each spouse individually, as well as to them as a couple, that might not all be recognized or available in the case of a relationship that did not obtain such sanctioning.

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