What is Christian Marriage?Genesis 2:24
For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.
There is no marriage ceremony recorded in the Bible. In Bible times, a marriage was arranged between the families, although it seems that the couple also had a say in the match. The groom publicly went to the house of the bride's family and took her back to his own house. From then on, they were man and wife. This public procession was normally followed by a marriage feast, such as the one that Jesus attended in Cana. At certain times in the history of Israel, God permitted polygamy, but this was not the original arrangement.
Also, the Israelites were commanded to marry other Israelites, not people from other nations around themDeuteronomy 7:3 "Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son."
It is well worth mentioning that marriage is not the only
state for a Christian to be in, or even the most desirable (1
Corinthians 7). If possible, Christians are advised to stay single to
be better able to serve God, but if they are unable to live this
lifestyle, it is better for them to marry than to be driven by lust to
Whom should a Christian marry? Can we marry anyone that will have us, or are there Bible principles that we should follow? If we look in the Bible, we will find our answer. Indeed, the assumption made by the Bible writers is that Christians will only marry other Christians.
Paul devotes almost all of 1 Corinthians 7 to the issue of marriage, which includes the following words:32….. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord's affairs--how he can please the Lord. 33But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world--how he can please his wife-- 34and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord's affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world--how she can please her husband.
What does the Bible say about Divorce
Does the Bible state that God permits divorce? The answer is that the Bible might appear to permit divorce for Jews and even Christians, but is this the clear truth when the whole Bible is viewed, rather than just a few verses? Let’s look at the scriptures concerned.......Deuteronomy 24:1&2 When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give [it] in her hand, and send her out of his house.And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man's [wife].
This would seem to indicate that divorce is permitted, at
least for Jews, for whom Deuteronomy was written as a “rule book”.
However, what does the New Testament say? What does Jesus say?