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A Biblical Perspective On Marriage

Have you ever wondered what was God’s purpose and design for marriage? Are there biblical rules of marriage? Do you know the origin of marriage in the bible? 

Perhaps, one of the most beautiful concepts to have ever entered into man’s consciousness regardless of the time or space (location) is the idea of love and marriage. It is the goal of many persons, a status they aspire to, a demand placed on our mortal shoulders by society.

Although not in all instances, being a single adult is often seen as an abnormal in most communities. Men from time immemorial attached so much significance to love, relationship and marriage. 

Hence, it is needful therefore as Christians to examine the position of God on this beautiful biblical institution. So, the right place to start is by asking ourselves “What is Marriage?”

What is Marriage?

Marriage is Work!  Understand that it’s not gonna be easy. Actually, it’s going to be really hard. You’re gonna have to work at this every day, but you want to do that because you love each other.

Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a socially or ritually recognized union between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between those spouses, as well as between them and any resulting biological or adopted children and affinity (in-laws and other family through marriage).

The definition of marriage varies around the world among cultures and religions evolving to both expand and constrict in who and what is encompassed. 

But typically, it is principally an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually sexual, are acknowledged or sanctioned. In some cultures, marriage is recommended or considered to be compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity.

When defined broadly, marriage is considered a cultural universal. It is conventionally seen as the mutual agreement or union of two people to become husband and wife usually with legal and social recognition. 

Yet, since everyone comes from a family, marriage brings together not only husband and wife, but also brothers, sisters, in-laws, and extended family members.  As such, a marriage ceremony is known as a wedding.

Nevertheless, for Christians, marriage is beyond just a contractual union. It is a covenant, a demonstration of a much deeper estate of God and His Church. Consider it a holy solemnization of lives and destinies in God. 

It is important to understand marriage from God’s approved perspective to avoid costly or irrevocable mistakes. Having the right understanding of marriage will enable the young and old to approach marriage in accordance to the will of God, our Father.

Types of Marriage

In this study, we will group marriage under two categories:

1) Marriage as a Contract and 2) Marriage as a Covenant

Marriage as a Contract

Marriage as a contract means an agreement between two or more ungodly parties to be joined together under any instituted authority or law as husband and wife. 

From the word “contract”, we mean the form of marital union that is predicated upon the agreement of two parties to become husband and wife without necessarily being established on any biblical principles.

This form of marriage is attractive to persons who are not of the household of faith. To them, divorce is always an option should things go awry. Polygamy or polyandry is not forbidden. Adultery and fornication are not a strange sexual disposition. 

Lesbianism and homosexuality are extended types of this kind of marriage.  Marriage as a contract is an aberration of God’s intention for marriage. Unfortunately, it has become a norm in this present age to marry, divorce and remarry.

Marriage as a Covenant

This is the form of marriage instituted by God and regulated by His flawless standard. We read in Genesis 2: 22 – 24 thus:

And the rib which God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said; this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called woman because she was taken out of man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: they shall become one flesh.

God is the originator of marriage.  From the beginning, He established it to be a union between a matured male and female. Not between infants or members of the same sex (as in lesbianism, gay marriage, homosexuality etc.) or between humans and animals (bestiality, sodomy etc.) 

This union is between two people of different gender; hence polygamy and polyandry are out of the equation.

Reasons for Marriage

Sometimes we ask ourselves, why marriage? How necessary? Although according to Apostle Paul, marriage might not be compulsory, it is however necessary for certain reasons which are highlighted below:

  • For procreation (Gen 1: 28, Gen 9: 1)
  • To avoid sexual sins (1 Cor. 7: 9, 36)
  • For companionship and partnership (Ecclesiastes 4: 9 &10)

Features of a Godly Marriage

  • It is a sacred and holy union (Hebrews 13: 4)
  • It is a gift from God (Proverbs 18: 22, Proverbs 19: 14)
  • It is union between a male and a female (Genesis 2: 24 Ephesians 5: 33)

Guide for a Godly Marriage

Marriage can be trying! Yet, no matter how much love we had at first, it is not an impossible thing for godly lovers to have disagreements once in a while. 

Certainly, no two humans are the same. That is why we have God to guide us each moment of our marital journey.

Ephesians 5: 21-33 is a powerful manual which all Christians must study and implement. It emphasizes certain features such as unconditional love, mutual love and respect, forgiveness and devotion to each other among other things. 

Surely you’ll also agree that no two marriages are the same. Therefore, we need the Holy Spirit to help us daily to build and sustain a home that gives glory to God and blessings to humanity.

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