What does church teach us about marriage?

The Bible has many important lessons for us all. As Christians it is very important to adhere to the Good Book wherever possible, learning from it and practising what it has to tell us. The Bible also plays an important role in marriage. Words relating to marriage, including ‘married’, ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ are referenced in the Old and New Testaments over 500 times which tells us that marriage is a sacred act dating back many centuries.

As with any other life situation, the Bible and the Church are there to help us during marriage.

Success or failure in marriage

While nobody enters a marriage with any other idea than it lasting forever, some unions do sadly not work out. The good news is that people who regularly attend church and have a strong Christian faith divorce at a 35% lower rate than any other demographic.

Important Bible teachings about marriage

We can turn to the Bible in times of trouble and when we need guidance. There is a lot of guidance relating to marriage for those who are in any doubt.

It tells us that marriage was designed for intimacy and companionship between man and woman in much the same way as this exists between Jesus Christ and the Church.

The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him’…and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh.

The Bible also teaches that husbands must love and sacrifice and wives must submit. This might sound archaic:

For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of his body, the church; he gave his life to be her Saviour. As the church submits to Christ, so you wives must submit to your husbands in everything.

But it is more about loyalty to each other and to God and Jesus Christ than it is about any form of subservience.

If that were in any doubt the Bible goes on to teach that men and women in the union of marriage are different, but equal.

The importance of holiness

The ultimate aim of marriage according to the Church and the Bible is for a couple to grow together in holiness. A commitment to each other and to the Lord is the foundation for a happy and moral life together.