Compare and Contrast Essay

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Secular World vs. Lord’s Direction in Choosing a Mate Jane Ciucevich PSYC 101 January 16, 2013 Professor Maria Wilkinson I tend to agree with our text when considering how a person with a secular world view might choose his or her mate. According to our text, men choose their idea woman based on her appearance, her smooth skin and youthful shape; while women choose their idea man based on his level of maturity and his level of affluence. “In our ancestral history, women most often sent their genes into the future by pairing wisely, men by pairing widely” (Myers, pg. 143). This seems to be somewhat similar to the trend today. Too often we see a brief period of mating resulting in a fatherless home. Marriage, not mating, is for raising children, without the father in the home the children suffer the loss. In these cases I would say the woman did not pair wisely. The secular world tends to choose a mate based on physical or sexual attraction and often financial stability. These traits alone do not guarantee a successful pairing. The secular world often chooses a mate temporarily with no conscious thought of marriage. Many couples simply cohabitate and never marry. Mating to the secular world does not necessarily equal marriage. As a Christian I believe it is important to listen to what God has to say on choosing a mate. I believe first and foremost that choosing a mate is for marriage. God speaks of a man leaving his family to begin his own. “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife and they two shall be one flesh” (Ephesians 5:31). He also speaks of the choice for the woman to make, yet only in the will of the Lord. “She is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 7:39). These two verses indicate that the “man has the responsibility to take the initiative, the woman has

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