The Institution of Marriage

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The institution of marriage has always been a sensitive subject. What is marriage? According to Merriam Webster, marriage is defined as “the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law.” Do people still believe in this way of traditional marriage? I have found out that a lot of people would rather “live together” instead of get “married” in this day and age. Marriage was established by God in the bible as sacred institution. Additionally, men and women should be faithful in their lifetime commitment with one another and children raised in a two parent home tend to grow up and become more successful. Marriage of course, has its pros and cons, but I still believe that couples should think about what they’re risking when they say “I Do”. I believe that marriage is an institution created on the principles of God’s Word. First, I believe marriage was established by God in the bible as a sacred institution. The bible states, “and unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife,” (I Corinthians 7:10-11, KJV). This means that wives shouldn’t leave their husbands, but if this occurs, women should remain unmarried. I feel that more relationships based on this principle would last longer. Studies show that people who cohabitate are more likely to divorce than those who do not live together before marriage. Mike Stobbe reports “for example, for women, there was about a 60 percent likelihood a marriage would survive 15 years if the couple either hadn't lived together before the wedding or were engaged while they were sharing the same living space” (1). I feel that cohabitation is one of the main reasons marriages fail because, biblically, couples should not live together before marriage. Next, men and women should...
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