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Will Of God With Marriage

How do I know the will of God when it comes to issue of marriage?

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Kay - Keep up the good work. You are doing a great job.
---Helen_5378 on 10/30/06

"Kay - Wow! Paul is actually saying there in those verses that he is not married! Thanks for that!"

Helen, your welcome! :)
---Kay on 10/30/06

Kay - Wow! Paul is actually saying there in those verses that he is not married! Thanks for that!
---Helen_5378 on 10/28/06

Helen, what about 1 Corinthians 7:1-8?
---Kay on 10/27/06

Kay ... that is precisely my point ... but take it further ... and we can see that paul is saying if one is a man, he must if married, be married to only one wife.
Once you start to bring in your (and my) logic about marriage, you have to use the same logic about the gender of the preacher.
Women are OK as pastors.
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/27/06

Paul wasn't married. What is being said here is IF the preacher is married, he must have only ONE wife. It doesn't say IN ORDER TO BE a preacher you MUST have a wife. If thats the case, Jesus and John the Baptist disobeyed that one!
---Kay on 10/27/06

I don't think that any version of the bible will show us exactly what words were used when people are quoted. Perhaps Paul said something like "I am able to do God's will better if I remain unmarried" so, for him, it was better not to be married. If he was making a statement that it would be better if no-one married God would have reprimanded him because God said "Be fruitful and multiply." Paul said many things which, when read in English, seen controversial.
---emg on 10/27/06

Alan8869ofUK - Scripture is silent as to whether Paul was married or not. He may have been married before conversion, but there is no hint of a wife of Paul's anywhere in Scripture. So, we do not know whether Paul was ever married. I do not believe he was married after conversion because his whole life was dedicated to serving the Lord.
---Helen_5378 on 10/27/06

Pastors have to be husbands of one wife ... so have to be married. I argued that Paul was not maaried so how could he be a pastor, but was told forcibly here that he was married.
Now we have the statement that Paul was not married.
Can someone please give an authorative answer ... was Paul married or not?
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/26/06

Marietta, there are some people today who, like Paul, are set aside from marriage so that they can do the Lord's work unhindered. In a sense, you can consider them married to Jesus Himself. So it is not only to Paul that 'no marriage' can apply.
---laure5759 on 10/25/06

The apostles also arrived at that decision when hearing Jesus speak in Matthew 19 much earlier.
---Pharisee on 10/24/06

Pharisee, it was Paul who said it is better not to marry. God made man and woman, and he made them to be together.He ordained marriage.
---Marietta on 10/24/06

If you look at marriage as an "Issue" I'd say you aren't ready to be married. Marriage is a committment and demands hard work, walking in a state of forgiveness towards your spouse, giving of yourself 100%, not 50/50. If you are following Jesus, then you are following His word that says, "If you love me, you'll obey me." What is HE telling you about "this issue" marriage?
---Donna9759 on 10/24/06

If planning to be marred or married, God is very clear on his instruction. It's better not to marry.

As far as choosing a mate goes, take your time, and first ask God if HE wants you to marry. What I mean by that is stop the strategy and searching so his plan can be revealed to you.

God has GREAT plans for your life, and will enable you to overcome temptations of the flesh if you really desire it, and he has called you to it.

Slow down and follow God's design, you could die tommorow.
---Pharisee on 10/24/06

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