The following articles are related to the topic of MARRIAGE

An Accessory to Adultery

What is an "accessory"? In legal jargon, the term denotes "a person who, though not present, abets or assists in the commission of an offence." There are three ways in which one can be an "accessory." He may be an accessory "before the fact," "to the fact," or "after the fact," and in each instance be held responsible for a ... read more »

May I Divorce My Wife and Remain Unmarried?

"A Christian couple recently separated. The husband claims (to use his expression) that he has 'fallen out of love' with his wife. He says he has no interest in another companion, he simply wants to live the solitary life that he enjoyed before his marriage. Accordingly, he has decided to obtain a divorce. Since he has no intention of remarrying, ... read more »

Is All Remarriage After Divorce Condemned?

There are numerous diverse views in the world of "Christendom" regarding the matter of divorce and remarriage. One novel idea is that the New Testament allows no cause for divorce and remarriage. This is the position of the Roman Catholic Church. A valid Christian marriage, if consummated, cannot be dissolved (as to the bond) by any human power or for ... read more »

What Is the Meaning of “Not under Bondage” (1 Cor. 7:15)?

Would you address 1 Corinthians 7:15? Does desertion by a non-believing mate grant the abandoned Christian the right of remarriage? In First Corinthians, chapter 7, the apostle Paul responds to a number of questions that had been submitted to him by various members of the church at Corinth (cf. 1 Cor. 7:1). Some of these queries had to do with ... read more »

What About Polygamy?

"Polygamy is very prevalent in our country, Papua New Guinea. What is the Bible position on this practice?" Polygamy is the practice of being married to more than one spouse at the same time. The first case of polygamy recorded in the Scriptures had to do with a descendant of the infamous Cain, Lamech, who "took unto him two wives" ... read more »

Divorce and the Guilty Party

Every now and then it pops up again. I speak of the idea that when a marriage has been dissolved by a biblically sanctioned divorce (i.e., because of fornication - Mt. 19:9) the guilty person has as much right to remarry as the innocent victim. After all, it is alleged, if the innocent party is released from the guilty culprit, ... read more »

Song of Solomon 1:1 – Solomon’s Song

The historical background of the Song of Solomon is one of the most difficult to establish of the various documents of the Old Testament. This 117-verse "love poem" is a matter of great controversy among biblical scholars. Is it allegory? No. Does it involve typology (a picture of Christ and His church)? Perhaps, but this is vague unless one assumes ... read more »

The Devastating Effects of Divorce

Through the prophet Malachi, Jehovah God said to ancient Israel: "I hate divorce" (2:16, NASB). The Lord hates divorce because he loves people and divorce is devastating to humankind. Man did not live one day upon this earth apart from the environment of a home. In fact, the very foundation of society is the home. Marriage is that divine union ... read more »

Genesis 6:1 – The Nephilim

The context of Genesis 6:1ff speaks of the "sons of God" who took wives of the "daughters of men." Subsequently, the record reveals that in those days "the Nephilim were in the earth." From these phrases, it has been assumed by some Bible students that certain fallen angels ("sons of God") mated with women of the earth ("daughters of men"), ... read more »

Divorce and Remarriage: White, Black, or Gray?

It must be wonderful to be one of those fellows who has every religious controversy perfectly figured out, with no room left for disagreement. I do not happen to be in that particular segment of the Christian brotherhood. I still have to exercise considerable study and practical wisdom concerning many issues, not the least of which is the divorce-remarriage controversy. ... read more »