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What is the meaning of marriage?

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September 14, 2011 11:00AM

The Meaning of Marriage

Marriage is an institution that was originally established for the raising of children. Of course, like everything else in life, institutions change dependent of the flavor of the times. For example, marriage within the extended family, e.g. grandparents and uncle and aunts, where many generations lived together, has disappeared. Today's most marriages evolve around the nuclear family, consisting of husband, wife and children. But outside the heterosexual marriage, we now allow same-sex marriage, along with single family parenting.

With each change in the concept of marriage, the basic ingredients for parenting has deterioratied, e.g. look at the statistic of Juvenile Court cases. In addition, with our expectations raised, we are seldom satisfied about what life presents to us. We seem to forget what marriage is all about. Yes, marriage is difficult! But, tell me about a better institution for feeling secure in a relatiionship or for the raising of children?