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'''Marriage''' is the divinely ordained [[covenant]]<ref>Marriage between the sexes is a covenant, not a [[contract]]. Since time immemorial, some men disposed of a wife (woman) after her childbearing years to pursue a younger female consort. God, being a defender of women, ordained marriage by his perfect will to protect women's rights and not allow a man (male) to abandon them to homelessness and poverty with no marketable job skills other than homemaking or child rearing. This , however, is not the only reason the covenant of marriage evolved between the sexes.</ref> between one man and one woman, and is intended to be for life. (Genesis 2:24)<ref>See also [[Perfect will of God]] vs [[Permissive will of God]].</ref> This is recognized by the majority of churches.<ref>[ Article 7, "The sacrament of matrimony"]</ref><ref>[ "Basic Beliefs," Southern Baptist Convention]</ref><ref>[ "Marriage"]</ref><ref>[ [[Albert Barnes]], Matthew 19]</ref><ref>[ [[Matthew Henry]], Matthew 19]</ref>
The unity between a man and a woman in marriage is an expression of the spiritual relationship that God desires His creation to realize with Him. The first marriage occurred nearly 6,000 years ago in the [[Garden of Eden]], in the area of the world that we now know as the Middle East. The first couple was Adam and Eve, and the Lord Jesus specified that it was male and female that God joined together in marriage for life. (Matthew 19:4-6) See also: [[Christian marriage]]
Marriage has been practised practiced as such in most cultures across geography and time.<ref>"Because there is a natural complementarity between men and women - sexual, emotional, temperamental, spiritual - marriage allows for a wholeness and a completeness that cannot be won in any other way. ([[Bill Bennett]], ''The Broken Hearth'', Page 197)</ref>Marriage is a life-long lifelong commitment, and typically this involves a public ceremony (a [[wedding]]) in which vows are exchanged by the parties and before God. Approximately half of all traditional marriages in America end in [[divorce]],<ref>Divorce is within the permissive will of God, Deut. 22:13; divorce however, is due to sin entering the world, which God is willing to redeem. God himself in fact is divorced from Israel ([ Jer. 3:8-14]; see also [ Is. 54:5]), or for that matter, all unredeemed sinners.</ref> many due to [[Facebook]] and other [[liberal]] activities.
[[Dinesh D'Souza]] wrote:
:Marriage requires a) two people who are b) of legal age and c) not closely related to each other who are d) one male and one female. Note that this definition excludes people who want to marry children, or guys who want to marry their sisters, or Muslims who want to take four wives, or that strange guy who wants to marry his dog.<ref>[http Gay Rights vs. Democracy]</ref>
[[Bill Bennett]] wrote:
==Modern history of marriage law==
*1724 - blacks, with permission of their slave owner, given the right to marry (formerly, under [[British]] law, only whites could legally marry)*1769 - women no longer considered property of their husbands*1899 - polygamy outlawed in the US*1967 - interracial marriage legalized in all states*1981 - rise of community property laws as men no longer seen as the sole owner of all marital assets*2015 — same-sex "marriage" legalized
==Attacks on the institution of marriage==
A recent ''Newsweek'' article complained that [[Biblical figures]] have not provided good historical examples of marriage, noting that [[Abraham]] begat [[Ishmael]] by a maidservant and [[Jacob]] had [[polygamy|two wives]] and had sons with both of their [[concubine|servants]]. The article also criticizes [[Jesus]] and [[St. Paul]] for remaining single.<ref></ref>
== Atheism and marriage ==
[[File:Vox Day.jpg|thumbnail|right|180px|[[Vox Day|Theodore Beale]] declared that according to the 2001 American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) "more than half of all atheists and [[agnosticism|agnostics]] don’t get married."<ref></ref>]]
''See also:'' [[Atheism and marriage]] and [[Atheist marriages]] and [[Atheism and divorce]]
Christian apologist Michael Caputo wrote:
{{cquote|Recently the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has published its mammoth study on Religion in America based on 35,000 interviews... According to the Pew Forum a whopping 37% of atheists never marry as opposed to 19% of the American population, 17% of Protestants and 17% of Catholics.<ref></ref>}}
[[Vox Day|Theodore Beale]] declared that according to the 2001 [[American Religious Identification Survey]] (ARIS) "more than half of all atheists and [[agnosticism|agnostics]] don’t get married."<ref></ref>
The fertility rate is significantly lower in the atheist population (see: [[Atheism and fertility rates]]).
Furthermore, the [[Christian apologetics|Christian apologist]] Ken Ammi wrote in his atheism article at [[Creation Ministries International]]:
{{cquote|“According to Barna, ‘Forty-two percent of adults who associate with a faith other than Christianity had co-habited, while atheists were the most likely to do so (51%).
“It is critical to stress that it is a well known fact that cohabiters experience a very high number of ‘breakups’ before getting married. ‘Millions of people … believe that cohabitation is a prelude to marriage. And for many, it is. However, Smock reports that 45% of cohabitations break up with no marriage. Another 10% continue cohabiting.’
“Barna did not include this enlightening fact in his research. Thus, if 21% of atheists divorce after marriage, and 45 % break up once or more before marriage, what we have is the astounding rate of about 66% of atheist couples experiencing ‘at least’ one break up. If, however, the number is 37%, then we have a shocking figure of 82% …
“What needs mentioning is the fact that many atheists do not cohabit as a prelude to marriage. They in fact see cohabitation as ‘equivalent’ to any marriage relationship … These break ups were not included in the Barna research …
“The appellation ‘Christian’ a Christian does not make. There are great numbers of people in this world who call themselves ‘Christians’ but have never internalized the teachings of Jesus Christ." …
<ref>[ Atheism = Mario Grinbank - Creation Ministries International]</ref>}}
==See also==
* [[Form of Solemnization of Matrimony]], an example of a traditional marriage service* [[Fidelity]]
* [[Gedankenexperiment#Marriage vs. Homosexual Life-style|Marriage vs. Homosexual Life-style]]
* [[Civil marriage]]
* [[Arranged marriage]]
* [[Marriage in the Unification Church]]
* [[Essay: The Irreducible Core of Politics]]
* [[Agamist]]
* [[Vow]] and [[Oath]]
* [[Hippocratic Oath]] and [[Oath of the Hindu Physician]]
* [[Oath Keepers]]
* [[Ten Commandments]] and [[Five Precepts]]: [[Fidelity]] in Marriage* [[Sacrament]]s in the [[Roman Catholic Church|Catholic Church]]** [[Baptism]]** [[Eucharist]] (the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Sacrament of the Altar, Holy Communion)** [[Confession|Reconciliation and Penance]] (Confession)** [[Confirmation]] (Chrismation)** [[Holy Orders]]** Marriage (Holy Matrimony)** [[Anointing of the Sick]] (Extreme Unction, Last Rites)* [[Atheism and marriage|Lower rates of marriage for atheist populations]]
== References ==
[[Category:Catholic Church Sacraments]]
[[Category:Catholic Church]]
[[Category:Christian Rites]]
[[Category:Sexual Morality]]
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