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What’s the point of marriage?

Marriage has existed in almost every known human society since the beginning of history. Though the customs associated with it may vary, marriage always has three main purposes.

Marriage has existed in almost every known human society since the beginning of history, even though the customs associated with marriage may vary in different cultures. But wherever it is found, marriage has three main purposes: Companionship The two people getting married grow together in love and trust. They help… Read more.
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5 questions to ask yourself before going out with someone.

We can want to go out with someone for all sorts of reasons; but not all reasons are good reasons. Thinking seriously first can help you avoid heartache later.

1. Why go out? Though it is important to have fun while dating it is most important to think seriously about it. After all, when you start a relationship there are a lot of feelings involved. You need to be careful with your own and the other person’s feelings, regardless… Read more.
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Christian and non-Christian: Romance?

Christians should not go out with or marry non-Christians. Why do we believe that?

Honouring God. Well, the most important reason is that God tells us so in the Bible. The clearest declaration of this is found in 2 Corinthians 6: 14-16 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What… Read more.
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What does the Bible say about gay relationships?

Some people experience attraction to people of the same sex either as a transient phase of their lives, perhaps during puberty, or in a more enduring way, and for a variety of reasons.

As Christians we believe in loving and respecting everyone, as all human beings are made in God’s image, but this does not mean that we need to endorse all behaviours and lifestyles. The desire to act on same sex attraction can be a strong temptation and being careful not to… Read more.
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Can we talk?

Honest communication is so important in any close relationship. It is essential to establishing trust. It is especially important in marriage.

If you are wondering whether someone would make a suitable spouse, ask this question, ‘Can you open your hearts and minds to one another and come to one mind on the big things of life?’. It isn’t that you must agree on absolutely everything, but you certainly need to on… Read more.
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When my family broke down

When I was already married with a young child myself, I discovered that my Dad had been having an affair – our entire family almost fell apart.

I honestly never thought it would happen to me! Some of my friends’ parents had split up when I was at school and later on the marriage of a couple of slightly older friends broke down. But I thought that my family was stable and that my parents were the… Read more.
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Finding the right marriage partner

How do we know whom we should marry?

Looking forward to the big day. Marriage might not be as popular as it once was, but many young people will still look forward to that special day when they will stand next to the person they have chosen to spend their lives with and say, “I do”. Indeed in… Read more.
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Living together

You can’t test run a married home without the marriage commitment. If you do – you will be merely testing for failure.

What is it? Living together, also known as cohabitation, is when two people in a romantic relationship move in together and experience a sexual relationship. The couple are not married and, unlike marriage, their status is not currently recognised in law. Why do some people live together? Is it a… Read more.
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How can I know my future spouse will be faithful to me?

How is it possible to make promises such as marriage vows and keep them when you don’t know what is to come?

A concern that often comes up when we are thinking about marriage is whether the person we choose to marry will be or remain faithful. Will they keep their marriage vows? Is it possible to make such promises and keep them when you don’t know what is to come? We… Read more.
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Statistics on Marriage and Cohabitation

We should be careful not to make huge life decisions based on presumptions. Evidence that surrounds us is in agreement with the wisdom presented in the Bible.

Useful statistics relating to marriage. Family Stability and Children [1]   Which couples stay together? [2] http://marriagefoundation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Establishing-the-facts-about-family-breakdown-1.pdf http://marriagefoundation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/pdf-09.pdf… Read more.