Essay on Anthropology: Marriage and Divorce

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Name: Todd M. Lynch Writing Style Used: Turabian Course and Section Number: THEO 202 D18 Essay on Anthropology: Marriage and Divorce Marriage and divorce are important topics in the Bible, topics that were spoken about by Jesus himself. Marriage is joining of two people into one flesh and is not a decision that is to be made lightly, it has lifelong ramifications. Divorce is the dissolution of marriage and has long been looked down upon even before the times of the Bible. The Bible has specific teachings on what constitutes a marriage, what the only grounds are for divorce, and whether or not a person, once divorced, is allowed to remarry. The Bible teaches that marriage is the joining together of a man and woman into one flesh. (Genesis 2:24). It is to be the union of two virgins who vow their lives to each other with a lifelong commitment. (Matthew 19:4-6) They cannot be related to each other, though in biblical times this was often ignored.[1] They are expected to be monogamous to one another throughout the course of their lives. (Hebrews 13:4-7) Wives are expected to submit to their husbands and husbands are required to perform their marital duties and provide for their wives (1 Corinthians 7:3-5).[2] Today’s society a couple is considered married when they have obtained a license and said “I Do” in front of the right person. The Bible takes a slightly different view of things. Some go so far as to see marriage as occurring as soon as the sexual act takes place[3]. If that were the case, there would be a lot more marriages than there are today. A more forgiving view would be that the Bible believes marriage occurs after two people have declared their desire to be married and have exchanged vows of fidelity in front of accredited witnesses.[4] The Bible speaks directly about divorce, specifically in the New

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