Marriage is the bonding between people by social union or legal contract. Marriage is when two people have a wedding ceremony to exchange vows before God and their family. People spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on wedding ceremonies for something they have no clue of what they are getting into. Different cultures have their own concept of marriage. I am going to explore the biblical and social concept of marriage. People enter into marriage for different reasons. These reasons may include social, economical, religious, emotional, or for legal reasons. There are a lot of expectations on both parties entering into a marriage agreement. If these expectations are not fulfilled, people handle the problems differently. The overall pursuit for society is conquering happiness throughout life.
To understand the concept of marriage in a biblical sense, God created Adam and Eve. Before they were one, Adam was created by God as ruler and earthly dominance over his creation. God had given Adam a job. Which today man is given a job first then given a wife and family. After giving Adam instructions over his earthly creations, God felt something was missing. God gave Adam a wife named Eve. At that point, the need for man to have companionship was established. Companionship is the need to communicate with another. It is the need for a couple to talk about how they day went for a hard day of work. Companionship is a help mate. It's better to have two to help than one. Companionship then result into marriage. Married couples are considered as one. Traditionally, when a couple is married and recites their wedding vows they are one. The woman is no longer referred to as Ms. Brewer but takes on her husband name as Mrs. Reynolds.
The biblical concept of marriage says women should be submissive to their husbands. In the new generation, women are more career-seeking and independent. More and more women are in the work-force as single moms. Marriage once was the thing to do before anything else was accomplished. Over the years that number has declined drastically. In 1960, two-thirds (68%) of all twenty-somethings were married. In 2008, just 26% were. Today that number is declining more in the United States based on an income-gap (Pew Research Center). A controversial issue in today's society is same-sex marriage that has also affected the decline of marriages in men and women.
Cohabiting has played another key factor in this decline. Most young adults want to take a trial run to be sure the partner is suitable enough to "tie the knot" with. They seek the friends with benefits concept and spend the rest of their young adulthood seeking that thrill. Today, marriage is at the bottom of the list. Most want to be financial stable before entering into marriage. Then there are some that are seeking to find their soul mate or the "perfect" mate.
My concept of finding someone that is marriage material is based on the individual. Sometimes we can have our...