But surely, (Dave?), God is Love?
'It isn't love that justifies a relationship. It is God.'
I thought that was the point. That's what confuses me so much about so many religions. I really do believe that the 'higher power' constitutes Love. Rules suggesting otherwise are, to me, contrary to peaceful humanity. You already know where I come from 'spiritually', do you think I'm wrong in saying that Christians believe that God is love, or is God separate from that? And what exactly is a covenant if not an expression of fidelity through longterm experience? It is the deed not the expression which counts in my opinion.
Thanks Eva for the info <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> - in the UK we are held to be 'common law spouses' because we have lived together as man and wife for more than two years. Legal benefits are denied (I won't bore you by listing them). It's not easy being in a long term relationship of any kind, and I do feel that the work put in is as valid, and the love involved as strong, as religious ceremonies anywhere.
best wishes <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> - Jane