Marriage – Some views

As you probably have noticed, some of my posts are distinctly inconclusive. To echo Albert Einstein and by inference Lao Zi (the ancient Chinese philosopher), true knowledge starts with recognition of our ignorance. To add, one must constantly be aware of the knowledge gap and be willing to unlearn and relearn even attitudes and beliefs in alignment with that which is right.

Back to the topic at hand:

But if you marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Yet such will have trouble in this life, and I am trying to spare you. [1 Corinthians 7:28, New American Standard Bible (NASB) from Biblegateway]

Not that trouble is avoidable in this life…

I am some chapters through John Piper’s <This Momentary Marriage>. (Free download!) Earlier I read Gary Thomas’ <Pure Pleasure>. Incidentally, I attended a wedding ceremony last year where his other book, <Sacred Marriage>, from Zondervan Publishing House (2000) was referenced. (Perhaps to digress, all 5 copies of Timothy Keller’s <The meaning of marriage> from the the National Library Board, are still borrowed or reserved — same experience as last year when I looked for it.) Actually, in the recent term, my revisiting of the concept of marriage was sparked off by the reading of a German theologian’s biography. This was <Strange Glory: a life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer> by Charles Marsh (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014). Bonhoeffer was executed under the orders of Hitler, as he was tangentially involved with the attempt on the latter’s life. (See also the US movie <Valkyrie>, dated 2008 for further background).

In any case, for marriage (and career and insurance), it would be greatly beneficial to make a well informed decision.


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