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Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Bible's Stated Principles Concerning Marriage

The Bible's stated principles concerning marriage:

When God instituted marriage, there was no mention that He made any provision for was not intended:

"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." (Gen. 2:24)

The Scriptures instruct married people to not even "depart" (or separate) from each other but if they do then they should "remain unmarried":

"To the married people I give instructions, yet not I but the Lord, that a wife should not depart from her husband; but if she should actually depart, let her remain unmarried or else make up again with her husband; and a husband should not leave his wife." (1 Cor. 7:10, 11)

The marriage bond is permanent until the death of the spouse:

"For instance, a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is alive; but if her husband dies, she is discharged from the law of her husband. So, then, while her husband is living, she would be styled an adulteress if she became another man's. But if her husband dies, she is free from his law, so that she is not an adulteress if she becomes another man's." (Rom. 7:2, 3)

Aside from death, the only other way it may be broken is on the ground of "fornication," which causes the offending one to become one flesh with an illicit partner. It therefore may be used by the innocent party as a ground for dissolving the marriage if that one chooses to do so, and the innocent one may then remarry:

"However, I say to YOU that everyone divorcing his wife, except on account of fornication, makes her a subject for adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery." (Mt. 5:32)

For more, see:

MARRIAGE - Links to Information (INDEX; Watchtower Online Library)

MARRIAGE (Insight-2 pp. 340-344; Watchtower Online Library)

Marriage (Search Results From the Watchtower Online Library)

What Can I Expect From Marriage?​—Part 1 | Young People Ask (JW.ORG)

What Can I Expect From Marriage?—Part 2 | Young People Ask (JW.ORG)

Does Happiness Depend on Marriage? (JW.ORG)

What does the Bible say about gay marriage? Does the Bible Comment on Same-Sex Marriages? (JW.ORG)

Keys to Family Happiness - Maintaining Commitment in Your Marriage (JW.ORG)

How Children Change a Marriage (JW.ORG)

Surviving the First Year of Marriage (JW.ORG)

Can Your Marriage Be Saved? | Is Divorce the Answer? (JW.ORG)

Managing Conflicts in My Marriage (JW.ORG)

Practical information in resolving marital problems between Christian mates (Jehovah's Witnesses Questions and Answers)

Marriage and the Scriptures (Jehovah’s Witnesses Official Media Web Site)