Divorce: A Comparative Analysis

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Marriage is a lasting covenant that God has prepared for us that mimics the same awesome relationship between Christ and his church. While everyone who is a Christians is in the church and is the bride of Christ not everyone who is a Christian is called to be married. Some people are gifted with the ability to remain celibate while other are not. Paul therefore gives good guidelines if we should marry, when to marry, who we should marry, how to treat your spouse and when if ever is it ok to divorce.
So when should we marry and what are some guidelines? Paul gives excellent guideline and times to get married. In 1 Corinthians 7:8-9 Paul says that “it is better to marry than to burn with passion” (NIV). Paul is clearly saying, “voluntary
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For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior” (NIV). What does Paul mean by this do men have all authority over their wives or is their other stipulations. Snodgrass gives three different possible meanings for these two verses, 1) in a similar manner as the submission they give the Lord, 2) As if the husband were the Lord, 3) as part of their submission to the Lord” (1996, p.294). He immediately dismisses the second meaning and then concentrates the rest of his writing on the on the other two. He goes on to say that the role the husband takes is a leadership role, not authoritarian in nature or only for his benefit, but to lead his wife in a way that is beneficial for her, which of course is what the latter part of chapter 5 points out. Yet leading his wife in a beneficial way never diminishes his role of leadership, responsibility, and authority just as Christ is always working things for our good although we may not like the way he is working things for our good, but yet we are always under his authority and leadership. Now understanding a little of the inner workings of marriage is their ever a time when it is ok to divorce that person that you have pledged yourself to for a …show more content…
In fact statistics put the divorce rate in the church among Christians at the same or lightly higher percentage than those in secular culture, that is not the way it is supposed to be. Paul explicitly says in 1 Corinthians 7 a Christian is not to leave their spouse whether they are Christian or unbelievers, divorce is not acceptable, the only exception being an unbeliever divorcing a believer. Hence another reason Paul quite possibly advocates singleness because “those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this” (1 Cor. 7:28), and so it may actually be easier to be single if a person can control their sexual urges. If two believers get divorced they are not allowed to remarry. If one of the spouses dies then the other is allowed to remarry as long as they are a Christian (1 Cor. 7:39, NIV).
This topic clarified the topic of marriage for me. What especially was interesting for me was verse 28 of 1 Corinthians 7 don’t think I can ever remember reading that, although I’ve had to, since I have read through 1 Corinthians multiple times. It just affirms how much work marriage really takes. There are many benefits and joys of marriage, but lest we forget how there will inevitably be issue in marriage this verse is there to remind

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