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Marriage is about spouses first

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Posted by on March 22, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

5 responses to “Marriage is about spouses first

  1. infowarrior1

    March 22, 2017 at 10:08 am

    A good guideline to marriage:

     
  2. George Tasker

    March 27, 2017 at 9:39 am

    In the short term the author of the article is correct. In the long term he is wrong. The reasons include

    1. We have no future without our children.
    2. In most countries children are still the superannuation plan of their parents.

    What this means is that as parents we have the responsibility of bringing our children up with the kinds of values the will ensure that there is a future after we’re gone and forgotten and that they will be willing and able to look after us when we’re old.

    Unlike superannuation companies where we lose everything when they go broke children are a little harder to lose once they’ve become adults.

     
    • Will S.

      March 27, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      I agree with your points, but:

      1. Only your genes have a future through children, not you yourself as you. Children or not doesn’t change that; children simply allow your genetic material to continue on, as well as your values (hopefully, mostly).
      2. If children indeed are the long-term economic security of their parents, then the purpose of children in such cases is still to benefit their parents, i.e. the spouses first. So it’s still firstly about the parents.

      Anyway, I don’t deny the importance of children, but I do believe marriage is first and foremost about the spouses, whether or not children result from the marriages. Are marriages which are infertile invalid, if the parents don’t adopt? I don’t think so. Scripture teaches us also that Eve was given to Adam as ‘an help meet’, i.e. to meet his needs, even though of course children resulted; the primary purpose of Eve was for Adam to not be alone, and to have a partner to help him meet his needs, for companionship, love, sex, and yes, as it happened, children too.

      But spouses first. Then children.

       

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