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Does it say anywhere in the Bible that two people have to get married?

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2008-08-28 21:36:30

There are several references. Here are just a few: Genesis 2:24

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be

united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. Matthew 19:5

and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother

and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'

Matthew 19:6 So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God

has joined together, let man not separate. Mark 10:8 and the two

will become one flesh.'[a] So they are no longer two, but one.

1Corinthians 6:16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a

prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, "The two will

become one flesh. Ephesians 5:31 For this reason a man will leave

his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will

become one flesh. First phrase: When a man and a woman get married,

they are to form a separate family unit. The man is to leave his

father and mother and be joined to his wife. A new family is to be

formed that is distinct from either of the families the two came

from. By the way, the man is not told to join to his wife's family

but to join his wife. I do not think this verse teaches against

ever having living arrangements in the same house. This is much

more common in some cultures than in others. Many times, it is a

financial necessity. However, some form of separation must be made

and a separate place to live is probably the best arrangement. When

the in-laws are too much a part of the new marriage, they often

weaken the new family and the new relationship that is to form.

Second phrase: These two, husband and wife, become one flesh.

1Corinthians 6:16 teaches us that adultery breaks this union of one

flesh. Therefore, the Bible is referring to the physical union of

husband and wife in marriage. Neither the wife or the husband is to

have full mastery over their own bodies because they are now one.

1Corinthians 7:4 states, "The wife's body does not belong to her

alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband's body

does not belong to him alone but also to his wife" They are no

longer simply two different people with two different bodies. They

belong to each other in a very literal way.


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