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Why Get Married? (And stay married) Socrates: “By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.” Pros and Cons of Marriage [I Cor. 7] Seen as the ideal in O. T. separation in Gen. 2:20-23 = people “need a helper” So, Gen. 2:24 – leave parents & be united to wife. Yet N. T. Says marriage isn’t for everyone – being single is a gift (I Cor. 7:7) and Paul advocates it. Yet 7:12 says “I, not the Lord” and 7:25 “I have no command from the Lord” – not a universal command, but 7:26 “because of the present crisis” Eunuchs for Christ – Matt 19:10-12 But Bible seems to imply it’s generally expected behavior (I Cor. 7:1&2), especially if strong sex drive (I Cor. 7:9) Pray about it – seek God’s will regarding singlehood.
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Unformatted text preview: But also consider the advantages of marriage… (Most of this is from Norval Glenn’s work – wrote scathing critique of most M & F texts: said they emphasized problems of marriage & overlooked advantages, and texts give too much space to variant sexuality & lifestyles (Amish highlighted, Baptists ignored). Metaphor of pruning – better person, more spiritual fruit because pruned. Prov. 27:17 sharpening each other Positive qualities of spouse helps you sharpen in those areas and you help them sharpen in their weaknesses. Functions of Marriage 1. Sexuality – encourages the bearing of children and defines who can have sex with others; defines legitimate & moral sex. 2. A means of caring for kids, and socializing children into security – helps them become ready for adult world....
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