Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Does a person have to get married?
No. Although marriage is a wonderful institution ordained by God, there are no passages of Scripture that require a person to get married. Marriage is the only place where sexual intimacy is to take place, however, there are those in the Bible who choose to remain celibate and unmarried. The Apostle Peter was married, but the Apostle Paul chose to remain unmarried in order to devote himself more fully to ministry.
Paul wrote: “But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I. But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion” (1 Corinthians 7:7-9)
If one is willing to remain celibate for life, they may choose not to marry and still be very pleasing to God.
CS - Quotes from NASB95