In my history class, we are studying the early middle ages. Well, today i was reading about marriage. In the catholic church (arguably the originator of christianity) there are things called "sacraments". Sacraments are "rituals". some required, in order to become closer to the divine. Well, it turns out during reformation the the 11th-13th century it was decided that priests should marry people and it should become a sacrament. However, this was even then disputed. Hugh of St. Victor , a 12th century scholar wrote:
"Can you find anything else in marriage except conjugal society which makes it sacred and by which you can assert that it is holy?...Each shall be to the other as a same self in all sincere love, all careful solitude, every kindness of affection, in constant compassion, unflagging consolation, and faithful devotedness."
Hugh saw marriage as a matter of love. So, history once again reveals to us that perhaps god isnt the source of the validity of marriage, but people are. Love is. So, using this argument, can we say the "sacred" argument is moot if marriage wasn't originally sacred?