No you try to force the Bible on us as a history book and not a book about religion written by the church.
Egyptians were married long before the bible was written, China and Japan both have a long tradition of marriage despite never having the bible, Buddhism doesn't even have ceremonies for marriage as it is a "private" thing. Egyptian marriages were a contract written by the womans father and prospective groom. The poor didn't even have that, it was simply a verbal agreement (since they couldn't afford a scribe). The Greeks and Romans did the same thing, again it wasn't until medieval times that the church got involved in things. It was during the Roman times I believe that the government first got involved in marriage, marriage itself was still a private thing between two parties and the contract was private but there were legal requirements for marriage. Legal requirements upheld by the government (ie:marriage being a government thing before the church ever got involved).
Marriage was a bond between two people, then it became a contract as families used the union to strengthen their families, then the government got involved, and then when Christianity had grown big enough the church got involved.
So yes, I was wrong in that the marriage has always been a government thing, BUT it was a government thing long before it was ever a church thing.
All the information on marriage I've read pre-Roman empire has it as a simple bond, or a contract, no mention of the church, or any form of religious ceremony.
So while the Bible might say yeah we were in on it waaaay back from creation, actual history contradicts it, hell historical religion contradicts it, the fact that there IS historical religion (other than biblical) contradicts it.
I'm not a big fan of the big bang theory, I think it's pretty much just guesswork, like alot of science until it can be tested I give it the same weight I give the Bible.
People want to be part of something, we want to think there is more to life than simple existance, and there is but it's not some omniponent being watching over us waiting to judge us when we die, its simply living life to the fullest extent you can until you die.
Buddhism believes your path in your next life (reincarnation) is decided by how "well" you lived your life this time around. Christianity/Judaism/Catholicism and all thir offshoots believe we go either to heaven or hell. The muslims believe in heaven/hell as well but with a different supreme being. American Indians believe in the wheel of time which is reincarnation again, but I don't think it's affected by your previous life like Buddhism. Scientology believes we were created, or dumped here on earth as a slave race and one day the big evil aliens will be back ( I can't really confirm this other than heresay by ex members as Scientology is VERY closed door). I'm sure I'm overlooking many religions that currently exist, including those labelled cults.
With so many differing beliefs, how can you be so sure yours is right Nad? What if the Koran is right? What if Buddhism is right? or the Indians? Hell what if Scientology is right? (which while allowing for a supreme being that could be God, would completely contradict the Bible). What if none of them are and at death we simply die?
I refuse to believe in something that requires me to reject historical facts and go with "faith" instead.
I would also like to state for the record, I in no way shape or form want to live as long as Methuselah, 969 years if a fraggin long time, and I still have 930 to go! But I'm gonna take it you sarcastically meant I was wise due to age Nad
the umm Agnostic? guess thats the closest definition of my beliefs.