Maybe at this point, we already understand that marriage is not for everyone. Some choose to live out life with the person they love without taking the step of making a vow in front of the altar and legalizing it through paper; however, there is bound to be a dispute on the matter when one lives in a Christian-oriented country like the Philippines.
The issue arose when the 28-year-old father Diego Loyzaga sat down for an interview on ToniTalks last November. Loyzaga stated that he didn’t believe in marriage as he viewed it as just a piece of paper. This sparked discussion among Filipino internet users on whether marriage is necessary for partners who want to settle down as a family or if it is just a tradition, a ceremony, or a government requirement.
With the majority of Filipinos leaning towards the Christian faith, individuals from all walks of life in the Philippines have expressed their profound views on the value of marriage after hearing the statement.
Some expressed that marriage is necessary, as it is where vows are exchanged to bond partners, while others also preached biblical reasons on why the sacrament is sacred.
One social media user commented that it’s only a piece of paper for those who are not content and serious about the relationship, implying that the value lies in the attitude of the person towards the relationship. Meanwhile, older audiences are reassured that the young man will grow up from his beliefs and will eventually change his mind
On the other hand, there were people who agreed with Loyzaga’s views and do not believe in the Christian tradition.
Their opinions revolve around convenience and practicality, with some sharing the benefits of not being tied down to a person.
Others also expressed their strong belief that marriage does not measure the love of a couple, and that affection will continue to grow even without marriage titles.
There were people who completely agreed with Loyzaga as they shared their experiences with marriage and broken families, having their sentimental take on why they arrived at that belief.
Is the value of marriage based on the teachings of our religion, life experiences, circumstances, or legal requirements set by our government? Time is truly changing the way we view our traditions, as discussions on these practices did not have much debate to carry before, and there is now an equal division of opinions in forums.
Is marriage a tradition that will someday fade as society shifts its way of thinking?
Marriage may not be for everyone, but as it stands, it is still something that is acknowledged by law and, in practice, is helpful in strengthening the bond between partners who have children to raise.
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