Russian orthodox beliefs on dating
This restoration, furthermore, is in Christ and this means His life, death resurrection and ascension to heaven, in the pentecostal inauguration of the “new eon,” in the Church as the sacrament of all this.Needless to say, this restoration infinitely transcends the idea of the “Christian family,” and gives marriage cosmic and universal dimensions (Schmemann 19).“It is not good for man to be alone” so God made man male and female.There is a Zulu proverb that illustrates this: Umuntu ungumuntu ngabantu — a person is a person because of people.There have not been such clearly worked out dogmatic definitions for marriages as there have been, for example, in Christology.In Christology, however, until the First Ecumenical Council (Nicaea, 325) there were also not such clearly articulated dogmas concerning the nature of Christ.The anthropological and ontological view of marriage looks at what marriage is, as a human institution.
And it took several more councils before we had the doctrinal statement, the Symbol of Faith we have today.In all this we are considering marriage from an ontological and anthropological point of view. This is what God made man to be; not alone, but longing for the other, different yet the same. In some societies there have been polygamous marriages, and polygamy has been seen as normal.This has very often been caused by the mode of production.But the legal and social dimensions of marriage do not determine what marriage is.
We do not even remember today that marriage is, as everything else in “this world,” a fallen and distorted marriage, and that it needs not to be blessed and “solemnized” – after a rehearsal and with the help of the photographer – but restored.There can be no such thing as a homosexual marriage.