DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE
SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
What does marriage mean? By definition, marriage is “the legal union of a man and a
woman as husband and wife” (Webster’s Dictionary). (Some may substitute the word marriage
for “life time mate” or “better half”). Most people claim that they want their marriage to last a
lifetime. Because over half of all marriages in the United States end in a divorce, most people
lack the understanding of what it takes to stay married. I believe that couples should become
more aware of the commitment that they are making when they enter into marriage.
Men and women should get to know one another completely before deciding to get
married. Important issues such as religion, finances, career, and whether or not to have children
should be discussed so that the couple can learn each other’s views regarding the issues to
determine compatibility. It is so important once children are brought into the picture. How we
want our children raised can be extremely difficult in a marriage, especially if the two disagree
on important issues. Marriage is not about changing someone, instead, it is about loving your
partner for his or her beliefs unconditionally.
Rather than giving up and ending the marriage, many couples could save the marriage by
trying to work through the problems that arise. Many people do not realize how much hard work
has to be put into a marriage for it to be successful. (When planning a wedding/matrimony, some
couples spend a lot of time preparing the vows/nuptials that will be exchanged during the
ceremony, but sadly the partners fail to live by the vows day after day). A wedding is a social
event in which a marriage is performed (Webster’s Dictionary). I was once told by a young
bride-to-be that she and her fiancé had decided not to say "Till death do us part" in their wedding
vows because the odds of it really happening were only 50-50 (Amber...