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Marriage Is Over Rated

I am a borne again Christain but i think marriage is over rated. What is the purpose of getting married?

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 ---Vernon on 9/26/07
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The purpose of marriage:
1 companionship
2 anchor for a family
3 legitimate outlet for your sexuality
4 unit of marriage establishes identity for the individual and when properly used offers a classroom for Godly teaching. Godly teaching should take place in the home not in the classroom of the schoolhouse as some would have us believe.
---Mima on 8/20/08

In the book of Genesis--chap 2. God formed Eve to be a helpmete(companion) to Adam. God said it is not good for man to be alone. Adam had animals,plant life around but these type things cannot bring lasting happiness to anyone.Humans are social beings and we need the stimulation and company of other beings to be totally fulfilled.We need others to share things with. Aloneness breeds selfishness also. But I do agree that marriage has been overrated, to a certain extent.
---Robyn on 10/27/07

What Mima wrote in the first response to this blog is awesome. And so true.

I would also point out that in Matthew 19, when Jesus was discussing the intended permanence of marriage, His followers thought that it would be better not to marry.

Jesus confirmed that not all could receive this vocation, but only for those to whom it was given - verse 19. He was not referring to celibacy at this point.
---lorra8574 on 10/18/07

(1 Corinthians 7:1-2) Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
---Mr._Graham on 9/27/07

(1 Corinthians 7:6-9) But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
---Mr._Graham on 9/27/07

To not live in sin. If a couple really loves eachother and really believe God put them together, why not get married and spend the rest of your life with that person? I didn't marry my husband so we could be intimate. I married him because I love him. When we came to God as a couple, that was when we became one flesh. My vows to my husband is a lifetime commentment.
---Rebecca_D on 9/27/07

What is so sad today is that marriage does not always mean as it used to, "till death so us part". In these times it is, "until we decide to give up and spilt."

The divorce rate in the Christian circles nationwide is the same as it is in secular circles. It is at 50% and that is sad.
---denna7667 on 9/27/07

Vernon, you probably know how atheists can use what hypocrites have done, as their excuse to reject Christianity. And, like this, WE brothers and sisters can judge and reject marriage, on the basis of how disobedient people have gotten themselves into lousy marriages...because they did not make sure with God about who to marry, and were not faithful uncondtionally to how **God's*** love has us relating "without complaining and disputing" (Philippians 2:14), among other things (o:}
---Bill_bila5659 on 9/27/07

Purpose of marriage..."He seeks godly offspring" (in Malachi 2:15) > a purpose is to please God by bringing up godly offspring.

The purpose is NOT just to please yourself. If you find marriage to be overrated, maybe you are rating it by how much you have been able to use it to try to please yourself ! ! !

While we are pleasing to God, by living in His love, we will reap how pleasing this beautifully wonderful love is. He will please and satisfy us more than we can please Him.
---Bill_bila5659 on 9/27/07

Paul shares, "For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that." (1 Corinthians 7:7) If your marriage is a "gift from God", it is in His own perfect love. So, marriage obedient to God in His love can't be overrated...including how you are sharing your life with a real Christian sister. And you can learn how to love together so then you can help others find out how to relate with other people.
---Bill_bila5659 on 9/27/07

The Apostle Paul wrote that it is better to be like him and remain unmarried. But if you cannot control the flesh, then it is better to marry than burn.
---Mr._Graham on 9/27/07

You're born again, that's good...not something to take for granted. By being born again, we can have more and more perfect intimacy and fulfillment with God Himself in His own love > "Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us." (Romans 5:5) THIS blessing is the same in celibacy and marriage, if we live this love. So, whichever God wants for you, you can't miss out on the main fulfillment.
---Bill_bila5659 on 9/27/07

No rules and regulations, No Order. Marriage is very important and is linked to the relationship we have with God. It is no ordinary contract because only through Him can this contract be broken. His love for us is unconditional but, if we choose another lover(idol worship) then we commit Adultery and he has no reason to continue to be with us unless we return back to him and leave that practice. Same go's for marriage only some spouses do not love unconditionally according to the last commandment.
---Carla5754 on 9/27/07

Mima is quite right.
If you don't want those things then yes marriage would be over-rated ... in fact it would be quite wrong.
If it wasn't for marriage, vernon, you would not be here.
---alan_of_UK on 9/27/07

Marriage is the cornerstone of society and the very reason Our Father created women. It is an institution ordained by the Father at the beginning of creation. Aside from the obvious reason of companionship, marriage helps in maintaining sexual morality, establishing paternity and in providing the best possible environment for rearing children. It is the Father's specific plan and design for men, women and children.

Why do you think it's overrated?
---AlwaysOn on 9/27/07

No problem.It's not a sin not to get married. But if you're going to shack up with someone and/or have kids without the commitment so you can run off when you please then that's not right either is it? So marriage keeps you tied into your responsibilities. It also stops you from being a fornicator and responds to the desire for God to have you populate the earth with more Christian offspring. Also, when you get old you have family. You may not think that's important now but you will someday.
---john on 9/26/07

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If you think marriage is overrated what is the alternative for your emotional, physical outlet as well as companionship and natural human needs and desires?
---denna7667 on 9/26/07

Well, personally I love being married and sharing things with my husband, but if u don't feel the need for marriage then u don't have to be. Nothing in the Bible says u have to get married, even Paul wasn't married.
---ANN on 9/26/07

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