What do Christians believe about marriage? Too often the church has been known by what she is against. This is a shame because Christianity is more about the positive than the negative. Aristotle talks about the good life. He explains that there are many ways to live and many ways to live, but there is a ‘best way to live.’ Jesus knows what the best way to live, and his gospel calls us to enter into this good life.
Today people might find themselves single, considering marriage, married, divorced, or remarried. Christianity is not so much concerned about a person’s relationship status. Christianity is concerned with the gospel, the good news of the good life in Jesus (John 10:10). Christianity preaches a positive message. No matter what your relationship status, or preference, Jesus has a message for you. Scripture meets us where we are at and shows us what is the best life for us.
What Did Jesus Beleive about Marriage?
Our best path forward is to pursue the good life that God has laid out for us. Matthew 19:3-6 records Jesus teaching on marriage. What does Jesus have to say about marriage and relationships?
3 And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” 4 He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
What Did Jesus Beleive about Marriage and Divorce, and Singleness?
Not everyone is facing the same situation. Scripture has guidance for those in different relationship statuses than marriage. God also speaks to those who are single, and those who are divorced.