Why was living together out of marriage called ‘living in sin’?
The sin must have been sex - or was it?
If so, why was sex considered to be a sin?
What was it about a marriage certificate that stopped sex being sinful?
-Even if you did not love your spouse?
-Even if, as in some cultures, you did not even know the person you were going to marry?
Maybe it was giving birth to a child, without having the means to give it security that was the real sin?
If you were only living together, without a legal marriage, maybe the baby’s future was at risk?
We have seen elsewhere that marriage was originally nothing to do with romantic love.
What do you think the 'sin' was?
Why was 'living in sin' bad, and marriage good?
We have discussed other aspects of marriage and sin elsewhere. If you are interested, do a search and you will find the threads.
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Quotes extracted from: ‘The Week’ – the best of the US & international media.’ 4/2/2004
The best available evidence suggests that ..[‘marriage’] is about 4,350 years old. For thousands of years before that, most anthropologists believe, families consisted of loosely organized .., with several male leaders, multiple women shared by them, and children. As hunter-gatherers settled .. society had a need for more stable arrangements. The first recorded evidence of marriage ceremonies uniting one woman and one man dates from about 2350 B.C., in Mesopotamia. .. several hundred years, marriage evolved into a widespread institution embraced by the ancient Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans. But back then, marriage had little to do with love or with religion.
Marriage’s primary purpose was to bind women to men, and thus guarantee that a man’s children were truly his biological heirs. Through marriage, a woman became a man’s property ….
As the Roman Catholic Church became a powerful institution in Europe, the blessings of a priest became a necessary step for a marriage to be legally recognized. …..
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… the idea of romantic love, as a motivating force for marriage, only goes as far back as the Middle Ages. …
…. “The idea that marriage is a private relationship for the fulfillment of two individuals is really very new,” said historian Stephanie Coontz, …. “Within the past 40 years, marriage has changed more than in the last 5,000.” http://www.theweekmagazine.com/briefing.asp?a_id=567