Bible view of Marriage

Submitted by reb on Sat, 04/02/2016 - 15:05
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Bible View on Marriage


* This article is just a stub. To be updated. This article is unbiased, easily understood article about what the Holy Bible says about marriage. Articulate bulleted lists, aimed at teaching the Bible, and helping people thoughtfully and prayerfully make good long-term choices regarding marriage.
* This article is not: Wordy, complex.
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What is marriage?
* Bible says: 
* Dictionary says: 
* Encyclopedia says: 
* Wikipedia says: "Marriage is a social union or legal contract between individuals that creates kinship". ..."usually intimate and sexual"..."depending on the culture or demographic"...."People marry for many reasons"..."legal, social, emotional, economical, spiritual, and religious."
* Traditional Christian homes say:
* Modern New Age society says: 

Summary of "Marriage" Article at Wikipedia
* "Marriage (also called matrimony or wedlock) is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. Usually an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged. Such a union is often formalized via a wedding ceremony. Many cultures limit marriage to two persons of the opposite sex, but some allow forms of polygamous marriage, and some recognize same-sex marriage. In some conservative cultures, marriage is recommended or compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity. People marry for many reasons, including one or more of the following: legal, social, libidinal, emotional, economic, spiritual, and religious. These might include arranged marriages, family obligations, the legal establishment of a nuclear family unit, the legal protection of children and public declaration of commitment. The act of marriage usually creates normative or legal obligations between the individuals involved. Some cultures allow the dissolution of marriage through divorce or annulment. Marriage can be recognized by a state, an organization, a religious authority, a tribal group, a local community or peers. It is often viewed as a contract. Civil marriage is the legal concept of marriage as a governmental institution irrespective of religious affiliation, in accordance with marriage laws of the jurisdiction. Anthropologists have proposed several competing definitions of marriage so as to encompass the wide variety of marital practices observed across cultures. ... The institution of marriage pre-dates reliable recorded history. A marriage bestows rights and obligations on the married parties, and sometimes on relatives as well. ... Among the precepts of mainstream religions are found, as a rule, unequivocal prescriptions for marriage, establishing both rituals and rules of conduct."

Bible Passages Directly About Marriage (Work in Progress)
* "'...So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." - Jesus [Matthew 19:6 ].

Bible Passages Indirectly About Marriage (Work in Progress)

Bible Passages About Divorce

Marriages Mentioned In The Bible


Marriage In Different Cultures

Current Marriage Statistics

Marriage Pro's & Con's
* Why Get Married: Companionship. Children. Family. Two minds better than one. Joined Families. Shared responsibilities. Finances. Spiritual marriage is extremely strong. Tax help.
* Why Avoid Marriage: God dislikes divorce, but allows it in some cases. It's not for everyone. People trying to get married may not have been called to be married. Marriage doesn't solve your issues. Very high divorce rate, making many marriages a gamble. Weddings may be expensive. Married people may still be lonely. 

Topics Related to Marriage

Considerations Before Getting Married
* Differences in beliefs: Everyone is unique. Are you okay with being different than your significant other? How about as you independently mature in life? 
* Good habits:
* Bad habits:
* Addictions:
* Hobbies: 
* Time together: Who is more needy? Have you decided
* Leaving things to chance: Are you prepared for uncertainty? Are they? Can they agree with your decisions, and equally you to their decisions? 
* Medical conditions: Mental illness, physical illness, 
* Legal: 
* Fighting: It will happen. It might get intense. It can break up a happy marriage. Have you fought with someone you spent too much time with? 
* Finances:
* Impact on Family:
* Impact on Children:
* Long term commitment: 
* Relating with others: Does your significant other work well with those around you? 
* Real time spent together in person: 
* How well do you really know them: 
* Beating the statistics: 
* In case of some-day divorce: 
* Attraction: What areas are you 
* Knowing ones self: Do you know how you'll react in a fight, and your significant other? Do you know what you expect?
* Boundaries: 
* Gender roles: 
* Too much too soon. 
* Many more.  

Random Marriage Examples

Typical Cycle of an American Traditional Christian Marriage

Popular Books and Literature on Marriage

Internet Resources

* WikiChristian on marriage.
* Wikipedia on marriage.
* Wikipedia on Interpersonal Relationship.
* Book, "Before Getting Married" by Douglas K. Johnson.
* Wikiquote's Humorous Quotes on Marriage.
* GoogleKnol Search on Marriage.
* About.Com Search on Marriage.
* About.Com article "Divorce and remarriage":