Effects of Unresolved Conflict on Marital Satisfaction

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* Running head: EFFECTS OF CONFLICT IN MARRIAGE
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* The Effects of Unresolved Conflict in Marriage
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* Michael Alford
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* Liberty University
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ABSTRACT The debate about marriage is never ending and will never cease as long as people exist. Some view marriage as a key component in life while others consider this a enormous source of stress. In any case generations are affected by marriages and still hold ,despite trend and attitudes a stronghold on what most believe in and familiar with.

Today more than ever are satanic influences increasing. As I Timothy 4:1 ,and II Timothy 3:2 state “ now the spirit speaketh plainly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” and “evil men and deceivers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” Since we are constantly trying to explore human behavior and the mind, it seems that to Christians we should look to our understanding of God and the bible as our ultimate source of knowledge. Some would debate should God’s text have the final and authoritative word on matters. John 3:16 says God wishes his children become spiritually mature and able to make judgments based on the principles of his word, as the person allows the Holy Spirit to guide him into all the truth. I believe the answers and direction to all of our issues in life are in the Bible for our use and is promised to us. This paper discusses the effects of conflict in marriage, and how might these issues be turned around. Views About Marriage

According to noted author James Dobson, nothing is more inspirational than the uniting of two unique and divergent personalities in a marital commitment that will last for a lifetime, with God's help. Who can comprehend this mysterious bonding that enables a man and woman to withstand the many storms of life and remain best friends to the end of their lives together? This phenomenon is so remarkable that the Apostle Paul, under divine inspiration, chose it to symbolize the unfathomable bond of love between Jesus Christ and His bride, the church. We could spend a month or two just thinking about the implications of that wonderful analogy. Unfortunately, a depressing number of today's marriages end on a less inspirational note. Indeed, Western nations are witnessing a continuing epidemic of dysfunctional relationships. A recent study done by sociologists at Rutgers University concluded that the institution of marriage itself appears to be dying.1 I shudder to contemplate what life will be like (and how children will suffer) if the researchers prove to be right! The agony inflicted by divorce cannot be overstated. In a recent report from the National Marriage Project, scholars David Popenoe and Barbara Dafoe Whitehead wrote, "Marriage is a fundamental social institution. It is central to the nurture and raising of children. It is the ‘social glue’ that reliably attaches fathers to children. It contributes to the physical, emotional and economic health of men, women and children, and thus to the nation as a whole. It is also one of the most highly prized of all human relationships and a central life goal of most Americans." Most Americans, according to a recent study, say that having a happy marriage is either the most important or a very important goal in their lives. Yet Americans are becoming less likely to marry, and the chance a marriage will end in divorce is between 40% and 50%. Scholars Linda Waite and Maggie Gallagher describe this state of affairs as a "postmarriage" culture. More and more people simply don’t believe marriage is necessary anymore. More than half of all marriages are preceded by...
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