It involves the leaving of the old, childhood life and starting something new. However, that does not make them equivalent to marriage.Living together may be a type of union, but it does not join the participants into a single entity.Further, it shows that we are to obey the governing laws and respect the customs associated with Biblical marriage.Our laws recognize the holy union of marriage (point number 1), require it to be between a man and a woman (point number 2), recognizes the covenant nature of marriage by sanctioning clergy to perform marriage ceremonies (point number 3), and requires witnesses (point number 4). He also stated that no where in the bible does it state you have to go through a "ceremony" and he felt what they did was enough.
In Romans 13, Paul tells us that we are to be in subjection to governing authorities.
This idea is confirmed in Matthew , where Jesus quotes Leviticus, "Out of the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed." Ruth 4:9-12 shows this applies specifically to marriage when Boaz seeks out witnesses to secure his right to marry Ruth, the Moabitess.
There, the witnesses even pronounce a marriage blessing on them.
I think marriage is woefully misunderstood in our society and by examining how the Bible defines marriage we can better grasp how we should enter into a marriage relationship.
Jesus confirmed this in Matthew 19 when He said, "Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate." Because God created marriage, it becomes more than just a cultural idea. In recognizing such, it deserves a certain amount of respect and recognition beyond "we say we're married so we are". Genesis states, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh." Marriage can only be between a man and a woman where they are joined together as a single entity.