Russian orthodox beliefs on dating
Denying the complementarity, however, is like saying that having two left feet is the same as having a left foot and a right foot.
The Orthodox Church understands marriage as a holy mystery (sacrament); the union of two human persons, one male and the other female, as a sign of the love of Christ for the Church, fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.
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.
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 have been various laws and customs in different societies that have applied to marriage.It was only when the divinity of Christ was questioned by Arius that the need was felt for a clearer statement, and it was one of our own African bishops, St Athanasius the Great, who helped to formulate the Nicene Creed that was produced by the council.And it took several more councils before we had the doctrinal statement, the Symbol of Faith we have today.The Christian understanding of marriage, therefore, is primarily in relation to the Eucharist, which is the sacrament of all these things.In the early Church there was no separate marriage ceremony.