Relationship Guide Review

Facts about Marriage

Marriage, a union between two individuals, carries various facts and aspects. The universe is having a debate, and it appears we are forgetting what the facts are as it relates to marriage. It is not at the top of the list for couples any more. “So, what about the famous statistic that half of all marriages end in divorce? That’s true, but only when it comes to first marriages, half of which are dissolved. Second and third marriages fail at a far higher rate”. said Christy Bieber, JD.

A couple lying on the bed

Statistics everywhere are showing signs of failing marriages, and those of us who have decided to stick it out are not necessarily happy with the state of the marriage.

Here is a list of facts that talk about the relevance of marriage.

  1. Legal Bond: Marriage is a legally recognized union between two people, often involving rights and responsibilities such as property ownership, inheritance, tax benefits, and custody rights.
  2. Cultural Significance: Across different cultures and societies, marriage holds diverse symbolic meanings, traditions, and ceremonies.
  3. Commitment and Partnership: It symbolizes a commitment between partners to support each other emotionally, physically, and financially.
  4. Economic Implications: Marriage can have significant economic implications, influencing income, household expenses, and wealth accumulation.
  5. Social Institution: Marriage is a social institution that plays a crucial role in family structures and societal norms.
  6. Health Benefits: Research suggests that married individuals tend to have better physical and mental health outcomes compared to unmarried individuals.
  7. Legal Requirements: The legal requirements for marriage vary by jurisdiction but often involve obtaining a marriage license and officiating the union through a recognized ceremony or legal procedure.

  8. Changing Trends: Marriage trends have evolved, with changing attitudes towards cohabitation, divorce, and alternative forms of partnership.
  9. Challenges and Rewards: Like any relationship, marriage comes with its challenges and rewards, requiring communication, compromise, and commitment to sustain.
  10. Global Perspectives: Marriage practices differ globally, influenced by cultural, religious, and legal factors, leading to variations in customs, ceremonies, and marital roles.
  11. Divorce: Divorce is the legal dissolution of a marriage, and its prevalence varies worldwide, with factors such as cultural norms, legal frameworks, and societal attitudes shaping divorce rates.

These facts collectively highlight the multifaceted nature of marriage, reflecting its significance across legal, cultural, social, and personal dimensions.

  • Early in Genesis, the book of beginnings, we learn why God designed marriage (Gen. 2:18–25). This description of the original marriage is the basis for almost everything else the Bible says about marriage. This text also gives us many principles that, if applied, enable us to build solid, satisfying marriages that glorify God.

Genesis 2:18–25 (New International Version):

The Lord God said, “It is not good for a man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Now, the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam, no suitable helper was found.

So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh.

Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”

That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

This passage describes how God created Eve as a companion for Adam, formed from Adam’s rib. It establishes the concept of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, emphasizing the unity and intimacy of the marital bond.

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