Marriage or Shacking

 McMurry University

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By Erica Thomas | September 1, 2009

Did you know that couples who live together before they are married have a higher chance of getting divorced than those who wait until they are married, according to University of Denver researchers. According to the bible, though, men and women should not cohabit until they are in a marriage relationship. It doesn’t say it in that context but it does say in 1 Corinthians 6:18 says: Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. It also says in Romans 1:28: Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind; to do what ought not to be done. It sounds old-fashioned and out of date with the current times but do values like commitment, loyalty and respect ever expire? Here is what old-fashioned and just plain stupid is: the high divorce rate, the number of people with STD’s and the number of “fatherless” children because no one wants to commit to a relationship in the context of marriage. According to the July ’09 issue of the Science Daily, a whopping 80% of couples cohabit! That is almost 100% of the population living together to “try things out.” But does that make it right? It’s a matter of morals, values and respect for yourself and your partner. You have to ask yourself: “Will I do what I want to do?” or, “Will I do what God wants me to do?” And in a day and age where individualism and selfishness prevail, it seems like a hard decision to make. The choice is clear. Proverbs 14:12 says: There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. That’s what we’re seeing in our society, in Midland, Odessa, Abilene and surrounding areas. Death—of families, morals, self-esteem and faith. The Census Bureau reports that for the first time, the majority of first children are born to unmarried women. This, then leads to another generation of children with absentee fathers, self esteem issues, financial struggles and the cycle perpetuates and never ends. God established marriage because He knows it is best for us. It’s been this way since the beginning of time. Why are we trying to change it now? IT WON’T WORK! Genesis 1: 27-28 makes it clear his stance on marriage: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. We complicate things when we refuse to accept the simple truth. Every choice has a consequence, whether good or bad. Romans 6:23 states: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. So what’s the big deal anyway? It’s quite simple. Marriage is better than shacking because God said it is and what he says goes.