Unmarried couples should not have sex before marriage. And two lovers should not cohabit until they are married. These statements are not outdated, science shows. Research demonstrates that the Biblical teachings on marriage and sexuality have great benefits for people. “Men tend to live longer when they are married.”
Marriage is a union between one man and one woman is the traditional Christian teaching. However, this idea is criticised more and more. Read the articles on this topic on this page.
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A European Court demands the recognition of same-sex marriage in Romania. But the population is “not ready” for it.
Should an EU country recognise gay marriages from abroad? The Supreme Court of Poland wants a European ruling.
The Latvian President Edgars Rinkēvič has blocked the new partnership bill. More than a hundred lawmakers had urged him to do so.
Will there still be room for priests with a traditional view on marriage and sexuality in the future? Theology students from NLA College in Bergen seriously worry about their future.
In the Danish marriage form, “husband” and “wife” can be taken out, some bishops think. Instead, “spouse” would be theologically better and more contemporary.
While the world is shaken by a new war, Italy has experienced a minor political earthquake related to gossip.
After a few years of marriage, the interest of wives in the hobbies of their husbands has decreased to zero. Just like husbands prefer to let their wives go shopping by themselves. Where did the first love from their dating period and the start of their marriage go?
Gay marriage is a topic of debate in many European churches. However, where some tend to find a blessing controversial already, others do not believe priests can fulfil their office if they don't marry same-sex couples.
Breaking up marriage should become easier and quicker in the Czech Republic. Currently, the Minister of Justice is working on amendments regarding divorce proceedings.
What is marriage?
As Christians, we believe that God created the institution of marriage as an unbreakable union between one man and one woman.
Marriage has three goals:
- To support one another
- To bring up children to God's glory
- To prevent adultery
In the Roman Catholic Church, marriage is a sacrament; in Protestant circles, it is not. Yet, both see marriage as an institution of God. Traditionally, the church has taught that married spouses may not divorce unless one of them was unfaithful.
Marriage is also a civil event. It needs to be recorded officially at the registar's office with witnesses present.
When two people get married, they start their own family. Traditional Christians see marriage between one man and one woman also as the best environment for children to grow up in.
Why is there so much discussion on marriage nowadays?
Whereas marriage used to be reserved for a man and a woman only, nowadays more and more countries allow same-sex couples to get married as well. Especially in Western Europe, the institution of marriage has been opened up to gay couples, while in Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia, the issue is much more sensitive.
There are even some voices that argue that group marriages should be possible too. This is called polyamory.