There are different Christian views on marriage some even contradicting.
However, a Christian means a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings through the Bible. That means Christian's views of marriage should be solely guided by what the bible teaches.
So in this article I'm going to discuss some of the Christian beliefs about marriage and Bible scriptures confirming those beliefs.
Christians worldwide believe that God instituted marriage. He ministered over the first marriage ever conducted. And he did this when he took a rib from the first parent Adam to create a woman for him, Eve. He created Eve to be a companion to Adam because Adam was alone and God wanted someone to complement him and also to enable reproduction within a family arrangement.
And Jehovah God went on to say: "It's is not good for the man to continue by himself, I am going to make helper for him, as a complement of him."
And Jehovah God proceeded to build the rib that he had taken from the man into a woman and to bring her to the man. Then the man said:
"This is at last bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. This one will be called woman, because from man this one was taken."
That is why a man will leave his father and his mother and he must stick to his wife and they must become one flesh.
Further, God blessed them and God said to them:
"Be fruitful and become many and fill the earth and subdue it."
With that God authorize them including married couples of today to have sexual intercourse. And this arrangement and blessing applies to all Christians who get married.
While God doesn't physically oversee Christian marriages today he expects his true followers to follow the recognized process of legalizing a marriage that started with Christians of old.
And that is by getting approval from the bride's family, legally registrating the marriage in your state and paying the traditional bride price.
The legal registration of a marriage is an important part of having a marriage that is honorable to God.
Continue reminding them to be in subjection and be obedient to governments and authorities as rulers, to be ready for every good work.
Aside respecting the authority in place, it's important for Christians to get married legally so that their children do not become subject of ridicule as having being a result of sin. And then when a mate dies, the family has the legal right over the decease properties.
Christians are usually pronounced married by a minister at a Christian wedding ceremony where the couples are taken through the institution of marriage, its purpose and the roles of the husband and wife set out in the Holy Scriptures in other to maintain a happy marriage.
Married Christians are expected to use the guidelines found in the Bible as a guide for how to conduct themselves in their marriages. And put the doing of God's will first before any other thing therefore making God the third party in their marriage. When God is in a marriage problems will be few because threefold cord are stronger than two. See Ecclesiastes 4:12b.
The bible does not support divorce for Christians except on the ground of fornication. And the bible requires a Christian man to be a man of one wife.
However, I say to you that everyone divorcing his wife, except on the account of fornication, makes her a subject for adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
I Timothy 3:2, 12
The overseer should therefore be irreprehensible, a husband of one wife, moderate in habits, sound in mind, orderly, hospitable, qualified to teach. Let ministerial servants be husbands of one wife, presiding in a fine manner over children and their households.
As I've made clear, God instituted marriage and expects single Christian adults to get married. However he never suggested that everyone especially every Christian must get married.
Marriage is actually a personal thing. If you always long for companionship and intimacy with the opposite sex and you have the maturity required to handle a marriage then the bible advises that you get married. However if you wish to remain single especially because you want to have all your time to focus on serving God then the bible supports your decision too.
And for those single because they lost their spouse in death, they can remarry if they so desire.
I Corinthians 7:7-9
Now I say to the unmarried persons and the widows, it is well for them that they remain even as I am. But if they do not have self-control, let them marry, for it is better to marry than to be inflamed with passion.
I Corinthians 7:39
A wife is bound during all the time her husband is alive, but if her husband should fall asleep in death, she is free to be married to whom she wants, only in the Lord.
For more Christian views on marriage and marriage scriptures see the article on Bible verses about marriage
Bible quotations are from The New World translation of the Holy Scriptures.
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