The following articles are related to the topic of MARRIAGE

Dealing Treacherously with One’s Spouse

The book of Malachi, the final document of the Old Testament, contains a series of scathing rebukes against the Hebrew people in the post-captivity period (c. 457-432 B.C.) of the nation's history. The Israelites had drifted into a state of spiritual lethargy and were involved in numerous manifestations of sin, not the least of which involved flouting the vows of ... read more »

Some Questions about Divorce and Remarriage

The following questions deal with the general theme of marriage and divorce. Recently the view has been advanced that when two single people commit fornication, by that act they become married and must remain together for life. Would you respond to this? This idea is so absurd that one can only wonder how it ever saw the light of day. ... read more »

Does Ezra Deserve Criticism?

A Bible class recently was engaged in a discussion regarding Ezra's command that the men of Israel, in the post-Captivity period, put away their foreign wives (Ezra 10). The text reads: "And the priest stood up, and said unto them, 'You have trespassed, and have married foreign women, to increase the guilt of Israel. Now therefore make confession unto Jehovah, ... read more »

Are Contraception and Abortion Siamese Twins?

I have the greatest respect for Dr. Paul Marx, founder of Human Life International. He has produced much good material which argues for the sanctity of human life and exposes the evil of infanticide (via abortion) and euthanasia. But the gentleman exceeds appropriate bounds when he argues that "widespread contraception always leads to abortion" (1999, 9), though he concedes this ... read more »

Were Old Testament Sexual Regulations Unreasonable?

"In the preparation for receiving the Law from Mt. Sinai, Moses commanded all married Israelites to abstain from sexual relations for three days (Exodus 19:15)?Why was that?Could not some interpret this as an unhealthy attitude toward sex?" Some critics, ever anxious to involve the Scriptures in difficulty, have so charged, but the allegation will not stand under careful scrutiny. The ... read more »

Mark 6:17-18 — An “Unlawful” Relationship

Of all the Herods in the bloody family of that name, Antipas receives the most prominent treatment in the New Testament - and this because of his connection with John the Baptizer. Though Antipas was married to the daughter of an Arabian king, en route to Rome (cir. A.D. 29), he became infatuated with Herodias, his brother Philip's wife. They ... read more »

Reductio Ad Absurdum – The Consequences of an Argument

Jesus Christ was the master Teacher, and he employed a wide variety of didactic skills.One format the Lord occasionally used is known as ad hominem, a Latin expression meaning, "to the man."This line of argument is not designed to establish positive truth; rather, it is a form of refutation whereby the inconsistency of error is exposed.Sometimes the inconsistency is so ... read more »

Isaiah 7:14 – Did Isaiah Prophesy the Virgin Birth of Christ?

"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel" (Isa. 7:14). Of whom speaketh the prophet?Some, of liberal persuasion, argue that the Hebrew term almah does not mean a virgin, and that this passage refers to some "young married woman known to Isaiah" (Willis, 161). ... read more »

Lessons from the Book of Ruth

The Old Testament book of Ruth is truly one of the beauty spots of sacred literature. For centuries its literary excellence has been applauded by a wide variety of critics. The book traces certain events in the life of a Hebrew family. In the days of the judges, a famine in Canaan forced Elimelech and his wife, Naomi, along with ... read more »

What Is the “Gift” of Celibacy in 1 Corinthians 7:7?

Occasionally, when one of some years and experience believes he has heard about every devious manipulation of scripture that is possible, he must pause and confess that he has not. There is always a new, bizarre twist to some text. Let me introduce you to one of the latest that engaged my attention, resulting in an uncommon degree of dismay. ... read more »