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Nell 1

I wish that sex and marriage was still about the pursuit of happiness as much as it used to be. In today’s society, I feel that sex is abused and sometimes people get married just because of financial reasons, or children. It is hopeful that once people get married that they stay happy with each other for life, however, today is seems more common for the happiness to go away sooner. From personal experience, I have seen happy families get torn apart alcoholics and money-driven workers. When one person of the family starts to lead the family astray and lose the happiness, is the family to stay together even if they try to fix the problem? If marriage is not causing stability within a family, how should they go about fixing that? All members of the family need to feel safe and stable. Sex is also abused in today’s society. God created man and woman to have sex and create children for more generations to come. Today however, sex is misused for pleasure and nothing more. I feel as though marriage should be for the right reasons: happiness, love, trust, support, etc. and that sex should be used to procreate. Families need to work together to ensure that everyone feel safe and secure in the home. When this is complete, happiness will last forever.

Mitchell Powell

I heard Christopher Hitchens make an annoyed comment about the ridiculousness of the notion that the creator of the universe would care about what we do with our privates.

But a god who cares about people will care about what is important to them. And sex is important (whether practiced or not practiced) in the lives of every person I've ever known.

A god, then, who didn't care about what people did with their privates would be the god I'd be most suspicious of. He'd have to be pretty distant.


The comment Hitchens makes is shared by all kinds of people because it sounds so enlightened and modern. It depends on the notion that people are pretty smart on average and can be trusted to use their privates in appropriate ways.

Nothing, of course, is further from the truth.

That said, I don't want to make light of the underlying issues. These are matters about which we must expect deep and abiding disagreements.

Nell 5

In Genesis 2, verse twenty- four, it says, “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.” To me, this is saying that a man and women, when together, are together forever and should stand by each other’s side no matter what. Genesis 31, verse 50, Laban talks about how Jacob is allowed to only have one of his daughters, and if he has anymore than one wife, that God is witnessing what he is doing. This is going against polygamy since if a person is a polygamist; they are allowed to have multiple wives. I personally do not believe in polygamy. I think that a man and women should only have one partner because a marriage is meant to be between only two people and for them to stay together and their experiences with one another.


I don't think that Genesis 2 or Genesis 31 make an argument against polygamy.

Still, it can be argued, on the basis of Genesis 2, other biblical passages, reason, tradition, and experience, that monogamy is preferable to polygamy, in theory if not always in practice. For this very reason, according to the New Testament, a church leader was expected to be "the husband of one wife" - which suggests that other Christians sometimes had more than one.

No one can deny that some polygamous marriages are happier and work out better than some monogamous marriages. But that doesn't change the fact that, on the principle of equality alone, monogamy seems preferable. On what grounds, after all, is a man entitled to up to four wives? Not on the principle of equality; monogamy is a natural corollary of equality.

American society, insofar as it is founded on the principles of equality and democracy, has traditionally been hostile to the practice of polygamy. But equality and democracy are not core values for many Americans today.

Chariots Of Fire 1

I was reading the book of Proverbs 5: 15-20 and wow it was deep. Don't share you love with another person. Did you notice that in verse 15-20 only talks about the husband's wife and not the wife's husband. Why is that? I know that back then people saw men as leaders or a higher rank than women if that's what you call it. But why can't it be the other way around?

Truman 1

Truman 1,

I think that marriage is a very important part of life and that almost everyone desires to be with someone and spend the rest of their lives together. I think that marriage involves much more then just love to be successful. Both partners need to contribute to the family much of the time for the household to maintain stability. Many times there are families that only have one parent work and this does work many time as well. I think that it is important that each partner is comfortable with the income that they are bringing together. I also think that the two need to have similar goals with their life and want the same things in order to remain in love. Otherwise i feel like many couples drift apart from each other.

Breaker Morant 5

I found it interesting that in Genesis 2 it is stated that marriage and being single are both ways to serve God. I always thought that getting married and procreating was emphasized in the Bible. I like this thought because it shows single people that there’s nothing wrong with not having a life partner.
Regarding sex, we have a very different mindset today than in biblical times. ““sex of whatever kind and for whatever purpose between consenting adults is permitted” is nowhere to be found in the Bible, Jewish, or Christian tradition.” In today’s society, sex is everywhere: TV, movies…etc. We have a “sex overload” in the media today that warps what sex really is and the meaningfulness that can be behind it.


BM 5,

It's Paul in 1 Corinthians 7 who talks about both marriage and singleness as ways to serve God and neighbor. Genesis 2 deals only with marriage.

Chariots of Fire 5

I have to agree with Nell1’s comment, “I wish sex and marriage was still about the pursuit of happiness as much as it used to be. In today’s society, I feel that sex is abused and sometimes people get married just because of financial reasons, or children.” These are some of the reasons why 1 out of every 2 marriages end in divorce. If marriage was truly about love and happiness there would be fewer divorces.

When people accidentally get pregnant and get married their marriage is more likely to end in the first 5 years. And marriage solely for financial support doesn’t make any sense to me at all. If they really need the support people can always cohabitate to split the finances. By no means do I believe in that cohabitation is the best solution, but it can be used in desperate times.

Chariots of Fire 5

I know that God doesn’t approve of divorce in many circumstances, but I believe he would understand if you made a mistake and married someone who then abuses you. I believe he makes his stance against divorce meaning if it was for reasons that break the wedding vows.

It is wrong to divorce if you just want someone else (second marriages are more likely to end in divorce then the first marriages anyways), or if your spouse is sick and can’t please you, or any other trivial reasons. But if the relationship ends up hurting someone in it, then I believe He would agree that a divorce would be appropriate.

shawshank redemption 5

“Love and marriage, they go together like a horse and carriage.” This quote from some ridiculous song is true, but not as true as sex and marriage going together. Not to say that people in arranged marriages don’t learn to love each other, but I know they have sex long before they have the love for each other that should be required for such an act.
Some people my age wouldn’t be able to talk about sex freely in a post to a professor of a religion class, but why should they be? Sex is natural and necessary for reproduction. Sex is a beautiful thing, uniting two people who care deeply for each other, or should anyway. The idea that by two people can create another person just by making love is incredible. God intended for sex to happen often, to populate his earth.
Now a day, people get married to ensure their commitment to their partner and for financial stability, not to have sex. Many people don’t wait until marriage to have sex and I think that’s ok because people like Adam and Eve weren’t married, they were united and committed, which in my opinion, is the most important thing. If two people are totally committed to only loving and having relations with each other, marriage isn’t really required. I completely agree that in a relationship, people should wait to have sex until both know they truly love each other, until they feel emotionally ready, and hopefully can see marriage in their future. If two people in a committed relationship intend to marry each other and have sex and then break up, that’s ok. Yes, it hurts to have given yourself to someone and then be left to find another, but you are not a sinner. God would rather you be in a happy relationship with someone you didn’t lose your virginity to than in an unhappy one with the person you did lose it to.

Chariots Of Fire 1

Yes, I agree with Shawshank Redemption 5. I agree that couples should wait until they are ready to have sex because if one person is not ready and the other person is then that person who is not ready becomes pressured. I don't like it when a person feels like they are pressured to do something when they don't feel comfortable doing it.

Robert lammers

Is it possible that you can give me the different translations for the word marriage in the ancient Hebrew, as for example the word love has four different translations and meanings.

Thanking you in advance
Robert Lammers

Truman Show 2

I agree with you when you say that the old may yet have something to teach the new. In this agreement I am against the theory of sex of any form and kind between two consenting adults should be permitted. It seems as though we have changed some of the rules in the scripture for our convenience. Some might think that because Jesus forgave the woman caught in adultery in John 8 that it is ok to do it. God still sees it as a sin and unfortunately our society seems to be “neutral” or even in agreement that it is ok to make this mistake. Well, in 2 Samuel we see that what David does with Bathsheba leads to even more serious consequences than the death of their infant. This should tell you that it is not ok. We should learn from the past mistakes we find in the Bible and avoid provoking the anger they did. We all think that the rules of incest in Leviticus are disgusting and obviously wrong, but they are just as bad as adultery and other inappropriate sexual behavior. All of these things need to be avoided in order to keep a happy and stable marriage.

The Truman Show 4

With the divorce rate at 50% in present times, it seems pretty dead on to say that the values and bonds of marriage are not what they used to be. Divorce is something that the bible is against, although it does say that there are reasons where it is necessary. Marriage, in my opinion, is something that people do not take that seriously these days. Marriage is something that needs constant attention and work, and I feel that sometimes people are too quick to divorce. I am not married so I can't say from personal experience but opinion only. Marriage is being taken for granted, financial reasons being a priority rather than love.

I agree with something TS2 has said, that we have changed some of the rules in the scripture for our convenience. To say that sex has changed over the years is an understatement. Adultery is everywhere. Those who wait for marriage to have sex are the minority, when they should be the majority.


I really enjoy blogging about topics like this that talk about something everyone has personal opinions on. The creation of marriage is recorded in Genesis 2:23-24: "The man said, ‘this is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called “woman,” for she was taken out of man.’ For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh." God created man and then made woman to complement him. Marriage is God’s “fix” for the fact that “it is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18). It is astonishing to see how much marriage has changed over even the last hundred years. I find it so weird the different views our grandparents have on marriage and some of their views towards sex. Marriage is not as important as it used to be. Many people in fact see it just as a piece of paper. In the past marriage was a big deal. You were deciding who you were going to be with forever. Nowadays it seems like marriage is somewhat of a joke. I find a somewhat ongoing trend though. There is a scary increase in adultery, divorce, and financial complications involving marriages today. I think it has a great deal to do with what we see on television and in movies, the late age at which many are choosing to get married, and most of all people morals and beliefs.

The Mission 3

I think the largest problem with the incredibly high divorce rates is the children that are brought up in such an environment. To live in a world in which the children are constantly raised under one parent or with an additional step-parent is going to keep this trend going. It seems that our culture has found itself in a continuous cycle in which the youth look to live life and raise kids without a true form of marriage; just like many of the adults before them.

At the same time it is difficult to imagine much change in the near future because of the image our country has developed. Instead of other countries frowning upon our culture, it seems that many attempt to mimic our ways of adultery and "freedom" from marriage. To expect our culture to drastically change when it has become admired is simply unrealistic.

Lior 4

I remember seeing news story a while backs saying like some 35% of Americans find marriage to be obsolete. It's easy to see how people can come to this conclusion when one-half of marriages end in failure, and with so many people just living together and never getting married. Many people just see marriage as a way to receive the legal benefits from the union. While I do not agree with that I can see how people may view it as such.

Shawshank Redemption 1

I love this posting! As a Christian I am so over the “Modern” view that in my opinion has corrupted peoples understanding of the Bible. The Bible is very explicit in many areas, but we, as the creation of a great and mighty God, act like true ingrates, and are constantly perverting the Bible. We are similar to the Israelites when they built the golden calf, but much worse because our graven image is of ourselves. We hearken onto only certain parts of God’s words that we like, and twist the rest to fit our agenda. We commit adultery, homosexuality and all other forms of abominations in the sight of God, but spin it to each other in a way to try and justify our actions and call those who do not agree derogatory names. When it comes down to this topic I remember that the Bible says that all things done in the dark will be brought to the light. I by no means am calling myself perfect, for I have transgressed and gone against His will too, but I choose not to try and say the things I did were righteous in God’s eyes. It will be in the Day of Judgment when everyone will stand before God and answer for their transgressions that then the lies will stop. As the Bible says, be not deceived, God is not mocked. We will stand before Him, with our mouths silenced, and our lies being presented, while He decides, using pure judgment, our true worth.

Truman Show 2

Marriage is an important part of life, because everybody desires someone to spend the rest of their life with. It takes a lot of work to keep a relationship with someone stable, and we all can see this in today’s world because of the divorce rate being extremely high. As you said earlier God hates divorce and He does not want us to have premarital sex. Today both divorce and premarital sex happens all the time, and this displeases God. With both the high divorce rate and premarital sex there are children who grow up either with only one parent or with parents that are too young to care for the child. Having the child grow up in that kind of environment upsets me and makes me see why God hates divorce and does not want anyone to engage in premarital sex.

Breaker Morant 2

The concept of Marriage has changed in popular culture especially in the US. We hear about stories of love and happiness, but that is not what marriage was originally about. Most marriages, until the 1900's in the US, were arranged marriages, or marriages where the two people were found in a compromising position and force to get married in case a child was the result. Love was not something women strived for, nor was it something men looked for either. Women looked for a manly man who could look after her and support their children and men were looking for someone with good genes to carry on their heirs. I am personally glad I am not living in that time period, but I am still worried that the assumptions we make about sex, marriage and sexuality are only hurting us as a society, because we are willing to place the blame and judge other people for the way that they live their lives. It is interesting that even the Bible is conflicted on this, because it says in Galatians that we are all one in Jesus, but in Leviticus it talks about a man lying with a man is an abomination.

Pulp Fiction 3

I agree with the statement that marriage is being rushed these days. People may hurry into marriage because of a pregnancy, or financial problems. With the pregnancy, this is why God did not intend sex before marriage. I know a number of people that follow this belief, and it makes their relationships that much stronger. You can truly test your significant other, on what they want from the relationship. It is the true test of faith not just to God or yourself, but to those whom you may choose to marry one day.

Pulp Fiction 5

The idea of what marriage means has changed greatly since the beginning. From what I understand in reading the Bible, marriages weren’t necessarily always the doing of the couple to get married. Sometimes marriages were set up between families. Sometimes, like in 2 Samuel 11 a husband would be killed in order to gain a wife. Today marriages tend to go a couple different ways. Some last for a lifetime and the couple are truly in love with each other. Others treat marriage like dating and go through spouses quite quickly. One thing that has stayed the same is the belief that you must treat your spouse with respect or face the fury of God. Proverbs 5:18-19 essentially says love your wife always. I think people need to be more aware of the importance of marriage and not treat it lightly. To gain the courage to ask someone to marry you should be one of the most difficult and yet rewarding things of your life.

Bao Yang

Marriage is wonderful thing in life that God had created. But sometimes marriage never work out the way you want than it leads to divorce. Marriage is a wonderful to have but sometimes don't rush to get married with someone else. From what I think that these days people are getting more divorce because of rushing marriage. I think rushing marriage sometimes lead you into divorce because you don't have much time to know your partner and know the difference and similarities that both of you guys have before getting marry. Marriage is big huge step in life. Marriage is about life risking because you do not know what is going to happen in the future with you and your husband. You do not know if there is going to be a divorce or not or if there's something going to happen. That is why sometimes taking marriage serious is always great because like what I said before marriage is a life risking if you do not know your partner enough.

The Mission 2

Think of how different our world would be if every culture used arranged marriages. But would it work in a society of the U.S. today? Joking around with my parents, I asked them who they would choose as a wife for me if it was completely up to them; and all I can say is I’m glad marriages don’t work like that anymore. Couples today look for different aspects in a partner than what they were before the 1900’s. Instead of focusing on someone who could provide or support them, today we look at beauty, attractiveness, and money. Also before, marriages and couples leaned on the fact that they would grow to love each other; rather than today, couples learn to love each other then get married.

The Mission 3

I agree with Truman Show 2’s statement in every figure. It makes me so happy in this day and age to find another person around my age, or even another age for that matter, who is looking for a true, genuine relationship without sex until marriage. I have high respect for men and women who have a strong enough commitment and trust in God that they can hold off until marriage. Marriage is a gift from God to bring two people together for the rest of their life and for there to be a time to express their love for one another and to possibly even bring children into their life. I can also see why divorce is not seen as a good thing in God’s eyes. God wants us to find a mate for life and be happy together forever – “until death do us part”.

The Mission 7

I was reading some of the responses on this and everyone seems to have their own opinion which is really fantastic. Marriage, family, and sex are such important gifts that are shared with someone we deem important in our lives. Though many might feel otherwise, I believe that they are not our only options in life. I like how Genesis 2 said that even single people are doing God's work, an example being nuns. They choose to be alone but because they feel they have a different calling from the rest of us. That is something we must all learn to accept. There is no one, straight path that God wants us to walk, but I like to think that there are multiple starting points in our journey that may branch off in different directions, but as long as we stay true to Him and our beliefs, we cal all reach the same destination.

Nell 2

At one point in history, sex, marriage, and happiness all involved holiness and God be the center of all relationships. It seems that today, marriage has taken a new dynamic. Marriage happens for several reasons, but it seems less and less of them are because of love. Some marriages are now formed heavily based on financial reasons and even premarital sex and a child is on the way. This shift also results in many more divorce cases. Happiness shortly leaves the relationship and the couple can no longer stand each other. Divorce rates are through the roof in our country and the highest in the world. This also changes the dynamic of a family, causing many single parent families to struggle with day to day life. This however, is another area in which faith and trust in God is a great importance in their lives. Even if all couples put their faith and trust in God, not all relationships will work out, but surely the rate of divorce would be much lower.

True Grit 4

I agree that marriage today is not what it used to be. I think you can blame it on our society and our preconceived notion of what's "ideal" in a partner. Like The Mission 2 said, its all about beauty, attractiveness and money, not about who is actually right for a person. That, unfortunately leads to a high divorce rate and marriages that barely last a couple of months, because of our "Try it out" method when it comes to dating. God has a purpose for each of our lives and that includes guiding us in the right direction when it comes to relationship issues.

Shawshank 2

In today’s society waiting to have sex until marriage and divorce are way more common than ever. As I get older I am realizing with my generation, marriage is not being taken as serious as it should. I just graduated from high school 3 yrs ago and I can off the top of my head come up with at least 7-10 kids that are my age and married or have children but not married. To me that’s crazy and takes out the significance of what marriage is about. I know I shouldn’t judge but some of these couples should really not be married nor have kids at this point in their lives. Even if you’re not religious there are certain values marriage should have in order to make it special. Meaningless sex before marriage happens all the time, I mean we even have a show now days called 16 and pregnant. The whole value of waiting before marriage has been completely thrown out of the window. Sadly divorce has become common as well. I am on the fence about this matter because my parents were both previously married and then divorced. I see it as a blessing because they then eventually met each other, got married, and had me! I wouldn’t be here had they not gotten a divorce. I also feel however that divorce should not be first option; couples should try and make things work the best they can.


It saddens me today to hear about the direction marriage is going these days. Almost half of marriages don’t and some are only getting married for tax breaks. Although I do believe things change from Bible-day standards to current times, I don’t however believe marriage should be anything different then when it was established back in the book of Genesis. Sex was given to us for procreation and pleasure, but in todays world its mainly seen as an act for pleasure.

Dead man walking 4

Divorce rates are at an all time high but in this quote I have to disagree with part of it “Marriage is a source of economic and emotional stability for men, women, and children alike.” Marriage isn’t a source of economic stability peoples careers are and this why more ruin marriages happen. Men and women become consumed by their occupation because society depends so much out or workers and business’s. Also, when the emotional stability falls apart families shouldn’t stay together that will have ugly psychological damage to everyone involved. Instead of ruining each individual’s life, you could look at it as two people sacrificing their marriage to save each other’s happiness, which in turn is a positive. Yes, God looks down on divorce but there are a lot worse things going on in this world human traffic, murder, etc.

Dead Man Walking 6

Sex and marriage should be still about the pursuit of happiness. Marriage is the result of a romantic love between a man and a woman. It is a tie to help unite the family and create next generations. In my opinion, nowadays, marriage is something that people do not take it seriously. People tend to get married because of financial stability or something else that meet their need; not just for love. I think that a reason why many couples come to the end with divorce. Even though God does not approve of divorce in many circumstances, but I believe he would understand and accept it if one get married who then abuses them. Everyone have a different point of view on sex and marriage. It depends on the religions and cultures. In my culture, Eastern, one cannot have sex until they officially marry. I think sex is not a bad thing as long as both partners know well and have passionate toward each other. The most important thing is whether both have truly love and responsibility or not. Hopefully, people see the important of marriage: happiness, love, trust and support. Therefore, they would make the best choice for their future.

Chariots of Fire 1

It is unfortunate that sex before and outside marriage is so widely accepted now. I think that’s a big reason that marriages are failing and are not as sacred anymore; sex and the physical relationship in marriage is no longer special, and if you get tired of that person, you can always go to someone else. After all, divorce is also more accepted now and easier to do. Wedding vows are practically meaningless—many people break the “til death do us part” part of the vow. If they truly mean it, they wouldn’t get a divorce. Loving someone is more than feeling love; it’s choosing to love that person and working on loving that person. Feelings are temporary. They will not always be present.

breaker morant 6

I agreed with most of you that marriage should be taken seriously. I didn't know that most marriage before 1900's were arranged marriage, however, the divorce rate is not like it is today. Today, in our society, we have redefne marriage, family, and sexuality; it only does damages to most family and children. The biblical definition of marriage does have alot to teach us today and to take marriage as sacred, divinely instituted by God.


I happen to agree a lot with what Chariots of Fire 1 said. The whole meaning of marriage in our society is something that it has never been before in the entire history of the world. We like to say that it is based more on love and feelings for each other, but there are still too many divorces for that to be the case. I believe that is partly due to the fact that society says everyone has to be independent and have their own careers and goals first, and then worry about your family. We are taught that it's okay to be selfish, and what's even worse is that we're taught that it's okay to sex as much as you want outside of marriage taking away the sacredness of this very special act of love. Until we can realize that marriage is about forming one being out of two in order to more fully serve and love God, these problems that we're facing now with regards to marriage and divorce won't ever go away.

Truman Show 4

I agree with Truman Show 1. Back in Biblical times, people got married to support someone else and have a family with them. Nowadays many people get married because they think it will make their lives better. They don't take the person they are marrying into consideration many times. The marriage and sex in the Bible (at least early in the Bible) was much more about both people involved, supporting your wife or children for their sake instead of your own. In this case the new can most certainly learn from the old, as you said.

true grit 5

I listened to sermon a while back ago on sex and marriage and when things are appropriate and when they’re not. They brought up a point that in church’s sex is something that has been given the label evil and that you shouldn’t partake in it unless you’re married. I do not disagree with them when sex is made for marriage only but I do disagree along with the sermon that sex is this bad horrible thing with consequences that could be fatal to our soul. Sex like in the Song of Songs should be something beautiful under the right circumstance which is marriage. Marriage under God is to be made perfect and everything under Him perfect through God. So sex out of marriage is really not perfect and is not made according to the bible to raise a generation serving God.

Shawshank 4

The question that arises in my mind based on this topic has little to do with the bible and more to do with society as a whole. What has happened in society to force such an accepted departure from the idea of saving sex for marriage? It is a psychological fact that individuals, especially young individuals, are directly influenced by what they witness. In a generation highly based on technology the media plays a great role in the lives of young people. Is it acceptable that the media has strayed away from portrayals of saving sex for marriage and instead glamorizes promiscuity? Characters that save sex for marriage are almost always characterized as “prudes” or “nerds” and that is a view that this generation and generations to follow are conforming to. Does that mean including the topic of sexuality is irrelevant in the bible, since it seems as though young people are more apt to live a life based on the media and seemingly acceptable social norms than a life entirely pleasing to God?

Shawshank Redemption3

I completely agree with Shawshank4. The media is a lot to blame for the way children view sex and marriage. You have celebrities who can be married and divorced all in the same day, how is marriage sacred anymore. It’s truly sad that I have witnessed growing up kids engaging in sexual activities at younger ages then they used too. They see it on tv and in movies and think that “everyone is doing it,” so they need to do it to fit in. The media doesn’t try to hide sexual or nude scenes anymore, because that is what gets the ratings. But is the media the only thing to blame here, is it maybe the parenting. In some cases yes parents act in ways that the bible would look down upon and then expect their children to do better than them. That usually isn’t the case. However, I also feel that you can raise a child, and keep them in a filtered environment and tell them what the bible says and expect them to live there life like you (the parent) feels they should. But in the end when it comes down to that choice it is ultimately the child’s choice and all children are different. So we can blame the media and bad parenting all we want but times are not like they were in the Bible sex before marriage, divorce, promiscuity, and such things is expected in our world today, and it is what children see, hear, and interact with every day.

Pulp Fiction 6

I personally believe that polygamy is wrong because it is my religion. But, I also believe that everyone has the right to follow their own personal religious views. I completely agree with what Shawshank 3 said about the media. Everyone bases there lives on what not only celebrities are doing, but also what movies portray and other shows. These all make it seem like it is socially acceptable to go out and 'do' whatever you want with anyone. A movie that I believe is a great example of this is 'Easy A' which although the girl is not actually participating in any sexual activity, everyone she pretends to be with is instantly more socially accepted for such activities, which gives people in the world the wrong outlook on life.

Dead Man Walking 5

In this passage, I found it fascinating that it says marriage and singleness are both good ways to serve God. I always understood that the Bible was more geared toward marriage and procreation as a way to serve God. This shows single people that there is nothing wrong with the life they are living. It shows that they are still serving God no matter what life they chose to live. Sex today is viewed much differently than it was in the Bible. Today, sex is often used as a recreational thing, not just for procreating. It is often the intent of people to go out to parties and clubs to simply bring home another person for the sole purpose of sex, which is wrong in the biblical views. Sex in biblical times was reserved for people that were joined together by marriage.

True Grit 2

I agree with this post because of the passage, “Marriage is divinely mandated in Gen 2; marriage and its opposite, singleness, are seen as callings whose ultimate purpose lies in service to God and one’s fellow human beings in the New Testament.” I too, believe that you can serve God with or without a life partner. One thing I do not understand is that if the Bible states that you can serve God single or married, why are Catholic Priests not allowed to marry? I realize that they are devoting their life to God, but why do they have to do it without a wife? Everyone should be allowed to marry.

Nell 5

True Grit 2, I think the idea behind the non-marriage is to make sure that the priests put God first. If a marriage is brought into the mix, the husband tends to put the affairs of his partner first. Thats just my theory on that idea. You can not really say that sex was exclusive to marriage in biblical times though. Think about any of the kings that were in the bible. They all usually had concubines and who is to say that there was no sexual relations happening? King David even had concubines. However, I am not justifying sexual relations outside of marriage, but merely widening the view we usually have on the bible involving sex.

Truman Show 3

In a perfect world, Marriage is a symbol of love and support between two people whom take a vow to always love one another. In our world, marriage is picked to pieces by people's opinions, views, and religions. Some people claim that a marriage between two men, or two women for that matter, is an abomination. In my eyes, gay marriage is anything but an abomination when compared to the current divorce rate, numerous accounts of adultery, and way in which society slanders the gay community. It is a person's right, God given or not, to be with the one person who truly makes them happy. I don't want to live in a world where people are held apart by the beliefs of others, but I do. And that is abomination.

The Mission 5

I think the meaning of marriage is changing to fit our society. For example, many women get married later in life, or not at all, because they now have more options than being just a housewife. There are many women that realize they can survive on their own and marriage may be more of an inconvenient to them. With such a high divorce rate, and so many unhappy marriages, I can see why being single seems the better choice. I think this is also the reason many people just live together without legally getting married.

True Grit 12

The idea that there is a choice between the single life and married life and that either is God-pleasing seems to be unique in the human life-span. For example, we do not choose to be born, neither do we choose who our families are growing up, we are not entirely in control of whether or not we have children, and we do not choose when we will die. It seems that one of the only major aspects of life that we, as humans, decide entirely, is whether or not to be married. It could be argued that we do not choose that either, but the love that God puts in our heart for another person is the deciding factor. However, I find it significant to note that while most of our big life decisions are, at least somewhat, out of our hands, this decision falls on us. It seems to give the decision in question more importance and significance, and therefore, the guidance that the Bible does give on the subject is that much more important.

Dead Man Walking 2

I do believe sex and marriage are very important in someone's life. Not only is sex for procreating and making offspring to carry on your legacy but sex is also a way in which you are able to be closer with the one you love. Even though in the bible it doesn't say sex at any point with anyone is fine, i believe it is. Unless of course you are doing it to intend harm upon another person, in the case of rape. Also, marriage is a good way to promote economical stability between a couple. Not only does it tie them together emotionally but it can be used to tie them together physically too and have stability as a couple raising a household and family.

The Truman Show

The ideal of marriage has change other the past thousands of years. Living in a society that doesn’t condemn the idea of child bearing out of wedlock. With the values of child bearing out of wedlock has led to wild uproar in high school pregnancies.Personally I feel that a couple needs to have been married before they even think about having children. I agree that sex before marriage is a sin, but I do not feel that it is evil as it is said in the Bible.

Praying with Lior 2

In today society, the institution of marriage has lost some of its importance. With almost half of all couples getting divorce, it’s easy to understand. When it comes to raising children, it is my belief that a two parent system is the best. Two parents can raise children is a better environment. When I say two parents I don’t necessarily mean a male and female. I think that a two parent, same gender parent system can do a perfectly good job raising children.

Chariots of Fire 4

I believe that the traditional way that the Bible shows as a family is the way we should keep it. Two parents of the same gender should never work, and we can't allow that to be an option. The Bible always shows a two parent family, this is because we need one loving caring figure and one authority figure. We have this when we have a male authority figure and a loving and caring mother. The Bible shows us the way we need to live and we need to stop trying to change things.

Timothy Anderson

Thank you for the article. very informative. keep it coming.

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