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Text: “And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” – Matthew 19:5, 6.

Comment: In answer to a question put before him by the Pharisees and Sadducees, our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ restated the divine mandate in marriage as laid down by his Father as stated in Genesis 2:24. But in this day and age when Satan is actively using his vile influence on men, the lack of knowledge of God is giving rise to so many absurdities like OPEN MARRIAGE. The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines open marriage as “a marriage in which the partners agree to let each other have sexual partners outside the marriage”.

The phrase, “they shall be one flesh” is symbolic not only of the unity of purpose, sameness of ideas; but also of fidelity and the unbroken bond of chastity which marriage entails but which open marriage consigns to the dustbin. From Scriptural view point, open marriage is no marriage at all. Rather, a veneer of legality is being used to support immorality. St. Paul stated, “So then if, while the husband liveth, she be joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress” – Romans 7:3, American Standard Version. See also 1 Corinthians 7:39.

The Holy Writ did not stipulate “open marriage” or “marriage of convenience”, believers of the Christian Faith should undertake to fervent prayers before going into marriage to avoid being victims of the old adage “marry in haste, repent at leisure”. Proverbs 18:22; 19:15; Luke 18:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; etc.

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