In Old Testament times, everyone was expected to be married and have children (Proverbs , Jeremiah 29:6).
However, Jesus was unmarried and said remaining unmarried (celibacy) was a good choice for those who could accept that life and devote themselves to God (Matthew -12). He said remaining unmarried was a good and holy alternative, but it is better to marry than to be tempted into immorality by passion (1 Corinthians 7:8-9).
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
The marriage was neither a civil nor a religious matter, but numerous religious obligations came as a result.
Marriage was instituted by God as a lifelong commitment (Genesis -24, Matthew 19:3-9, 1 Timothy 4:1-5).
Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
(NIV, 1 Peter 3:1-4, 7) Contemporary marriages may follow the Biblical model or may be quite different.
In this New Testament passage, the need for a strong, healthy marriage is expressed in terms of the idealized family of the ancient world: Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.But most marriages were arranged by the parents of the bride and groom, and dating as we know it today was not practiced.The Bible does not give any rules or advice about dating practices (but see What Does the Bible Say About Premarital Sex? The Israelites were prohibited from intermarrying with the pagan peoples who surrounded them (Deuteronomy 7:1-4), and the apostle Paul advised Christians to marry only other believers (1 Corinthians , 2 Corinthians ).However, an already married Christian should not divorce a nonbelieving spouse (1 Corinthians -16).There is no indication in the Bible that we are predestined to marry a certain person or that there is one special person or "soul mate" that we should find and marry.
Peter and many of the other apostles were married (Matthew , 1 Corinthians 9:5), so marriage is compatible with committed service to God.