Is singleness a lesser situation than marriage? – Bible Type

Is singleness a lesser situation than marriage?

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In American churches today, marriage is often a popular topic in Bible studies and sermons. Whole books have been written about preparation for marriage for young evangelical Christians, often encouraging them to find the person who will make them “whole”.

Some churches in America, as well as other Western countries, have even made it an unspoken rule that a Christian cannot be mature unless he is married.

David J. MacLeod found that such false teachings are based on the myth of fulfillment, which says that a person can only find ultimate fulfillment when a person is in love, and on the myth of normality, which “is the idea that normal, good. Adjusted people marry, and abnormal, ill-adjusted people are single. "(" An Alternative Lifestyle for Christians: Apostolic Counsel for Single Living, "Emmaus Journal 21, No. 1 (2012): 4).

Christian singles often feel isolated or attacked by those who claim that if they are not married they cannot be mature or complete in their relationship with Christ. While the evangelical Christian culture has unfortunately spread this lie, it says differently in the Bible.

Scripture offers a lofty view of marriage, an institution that God established and made holy. On the other hand, singleness is also given a high priority in the Bible. Not only was the Lord Jesus Christ single throughout his earthly ministry, but the apostle Paul was also single.

A single believer is no minor person or Christian. A person's state of life, whether married or not, says nothing about his maturity or position in the Christian faith.

Marriage, an institution of God

When Jesus spoke to the Jewish teachers of his day about divorce, he spoke about the sanctity of marriage (Matthew 19: 4-5). He quoted from Genesis 2: 23-24, which describes how God created Eve and connected her to Adam in marriage, the first marriage.

Because of this sacred ceremony that unites a man and woman in a relationship of one flesh, Jesus warned the Pharisees and teachers of the law of the dangers of separating such union. As he said, “What God has put together, let no one separate” (Matthew 19: 6).

While divorce is not the focus of this article, the seriousness of marriage in Jesus' words is quite evident. Hurrying into a relationship in order to get married is not wise, as marriage must be entered into with caution.

Not only are the husband and wife connected, but they are connected before the Lord. In addition, God used the representation of marriage to describe the relationship between Him and the Church (Ephesians 5:32).

The mutual love and care that should be reflected in marriage is a picture of the greatest love of Jesus' sacrificial love for his followers (Ephesians 5: 21-33).

Hence, marriage is a sacred and solemn institution established by God. Anything outside of God's institution of marriage between a man and a woman violates this sacred union.

As a sacred institution, the Lord chose to use the image of marriage to illustrate his relationship with the Church, which is His Bride.

Singleness and Paul

As is clear in the Bible, marriage is a good condition for man. However, the Bible never makes marriage a prerequisite for faith in Christ or Christian maturity. In fact, one of the most mature Christians a person can find in all of history is the apostle Paul, who was single.

Although some scholars have tried to claim that Paul was married because he was a member of the Sanhedrin, Paul identifies himself in his letter to the Corinthian Church with those who are single (1 Corinthians 7: 7).

In addition, Paul spends a lot of time discussing singleness and its benefits in the Christian life (1 Corinthians 7).

In discussing singleness and marriage, he reminds Corinthian believers of that time and Christians today that this age is fading (1 Corinthians 7: 29-31). Marriage is not an eternal institution and is only temporary.

At the time of the resurrection, people will neither marry nor get married (Matthew 22:30). That is why the apostle Paul urges all believers to live wisely with such truth.

Paul also explicitly states that individual Christians can be uniquely focused on serving God. His letter states: “An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord's affairs: her goal is to be devoted to the Lord both physically and spiritually. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world – how to please her husband. ”- 1 Corinthians 7:34, NIV.

Individual believers have more time and energy to focus on serving God with their whole being. Paul reminds the Corinthians that married life will be difficult and difficult, which can cause the Christian husband and wife to turn their attention away from the Lord (1 Corinthians 7:28, 32-35).

In both states that a Christian chooses, Paul urges believers to pay undivided attention to the Lord, thereby affirming both solitude and marriage. –1 Corinthians 7:35.

Jesus and Singleness for the Kingdom of God

The Lord Jesus never married during his earthly ministry. While fully human, Jesus is also fully God and did not come to earth to experience marriage. Instead, his mission was to seek and save the lost.

As shown in this article, Jesus affirms the sanctity of marriage as binding before God. However, he also gave a high priority to uniqueness in his teaching.

After discussing divorce, some of the disciples concluded that it was better not to get married. The Lord does not reinforce this misunderstanding, but teaches the disciples that some people will accept Jesus' words and respond to the call to uniqueness (Matthew 19:11).

Such followers can be born, made, or freely chosen to be celibate or “eunuchs” for the sake of the kingdom of God.

While many believers choose to get married, there are some who choose to remain alone for God's kingdom's sake by devoting themselves to His service.

As John Chapman noted in a 2000 article in the Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, "Being single will be confirmed as a sacred calling by the Lord Jesus" ("The Sacred Call of Singleness," para. 5).

As the apostle Paul later considered, Jesus explained that marriage is a temporary institution that will not exist in the Eternal Kingdom (Matthew 22:30).

The final marriage will be the marriage between Christ and his Church, performed in the new heaven and the new earth (Revelation 19: 6-9).

Both single and married believers should be aware of the volatility of today's world and seek to glorify God with their lives.

Keep a biblical point of view

As has been fully shown, individual Christians are no less than those who are married. Instead, a biblical view maintains the value of both married and single Christians. One is no more holy or more mature than the other.

In today's culture within Christian churches there is a danger of seeing individual brothers and sisters in Christ as incomplete or possibly even spiritual failure. Such views are wrong and contradict the example of Jesus and Paul who taught that singleness is a great calling when one is exclusively devoted to the Lord.

Furthermore, like all believers, individual Christians have everything they need in life, since "His divine power has given us all we need for a divine life, knowing who has called us by his own glory and goodness" ( 2 Peter 1): 3). All Christians can find complete fulfillment in Christ alone.

For further reading:

What is the Biblical Definition of Marriage?

Is it true, "what has joined God, do not let anyone separate"?

Love from the garden to the canvas

The Church is the Bride of Christ – what does that mean?

What does “husband of a woman” mean in 1 Timothy 3: 2?

Why do we pray for love?

Why is it important to have an eternal mindset?

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Sophia Bricker is a freelance writer who enjoys researching and writing articles on biblical and theological topics. In addition to writing articles on biblical issues as a contract writer, she has also written for Unlocked Devotional. She has a Bachelor of Arts in the Ministry and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in the Ministry. She is enthusiastic about the Bible and her belief in Jesus. When she is not studying or writing, Sophia enjoys spending time with the family, reading, drawing and gardening.

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