Short Essay on Marriage & Divorce
Recently, my friends Tom and Jane approached me about something very personal. They both feel as though they should start considering their “options” regarding their marriage. After we talked about their reasoning behind this desire, I wanted to let them know some things the Bible says about divorce and let them know of some resources that may be able to help them through the process… no matter which path they decided to take.
I first wanted to let them know some things the Bible teaches on marriage. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of god he created him; male and female he created them.” Man and woman were created to be together… God created each in his own image and designed us to be one man and one woman. Another thing important regarding marriage is its exclusiveness. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” Since these two are to become one flesh, God tells us, “therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” This passage of Scripture shows us that God did not intend for man and woman to be separated once they were joined. This was also a warning to those who would try to seduce a married person… this person was not to try to separate the union between the husband and wife.
When it comes to marriage, I believe the Bible considers a couple married when a few things occur. First, I believe the couple should submit to governmental authority. By doing so, we see that things such as incest can be avoided. Another thing I believe has to take place in the couples life is they need to understand that “marriage is for those who have grown up.” By this, relative maturity is what is being implied. The reason the couple should be “grown up” is because there are many things that happen in marriage that children or those with a child-like nature would not be able to handle. This view however, is much...
Bibliography: Granberg, L.I. & Root, J.R. “Marriage, Theology of.” In Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, edited by Walter A Elwell, 2nd ed., 743-44. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2001.
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