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What the Bible Says About Marriage

Aastha Dogra Oct 6, 2018
Here is the information on what the Bible says about marriage. We'll have a look at some verses and their meanings.
Given the high incidence of divorces, teen pregnancies and spread of AIDS, many people are of the belief that these evils in society could have been avoided and can still be curbed, provided we all go back to living our lives and marriages as prescribed by the Holy Bible.
Today, both men and women date and even get physically close with multiple partners, before they eventually get married. Once married, there is no guarantee that the relationship will last a lifetime. People do not have the patience and time to deal with marital problems, and so, there might be a separation or divorce over minor disagreements.
Many believers feel that modern marriages are totally in contrast to the definition of marriage in the Bible, and hence, are much more fragile. That's why, young people should go back to living their lives as prescribed in the Holy Bible.
The Holy Bible says that, although marriage should be based on love, that is not the 'be all and end all' of it. Marriage should fulfill certain criteria. The married man and the woman have to perform specific roles in a marriage, only then it will be considered as successful.

Genesis 2:21-22

So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh.

Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
Interpretation: According to these Bible verses, friendship, companionship and intimacy between the man and the woman are a must in a marriage.

Romans 1:26-27

For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
Interpretation: A marriage can take place only between a man and a woman. Two individuals, of the same gender, marrying each other is forbidden in Christianity.

Ephesians 5:23-24

For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.

Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
Interpretation: These verses say that the husband is the leader and the provider for the family. He should be ready to lay down his life for the security and safety of his family. The wife, on the other hand, should accept the man's leadership and give him her support and care.

1 Peter 3:1

Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives

Interpretation: Bible simply states that the wife is someone who has the role to show the care and submits in the relation of marriage.

1 Peter 3: 7

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

Interpretation: In a marriage, the man has the role of being the leader and always protect the wife.

Hebrews 13:4

Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
Interpretation: The Bible says that the man and woman should keep themselves pure until marriage, by not indulging in pre-marital sex and once married, they should not commit adultery. Adultery, either by a man or woman is a sin and thus, will be punished by God one day.

Ephesians 4:31-32

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Interpretation: The Bible says that for an everlasting marriage, the man and the woman should be kind and gentle towards each other. They should be respectful and forgiving of each other's faults.

Matthew 5:31-32

Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce. But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
Interpretation: A man cannot divorce his wife and marry again unless she has committed adultery, as after marriage, the man and the woman become "one flesh" and are no longer "two individuals" so they cannot be separated.
There is no doubt about the fact that if men and women follow these scriptures, many of the social problems today can be truly eradicated.