Bible Articles on the Topic of Singlehood

The following articles have been compiled and indexed by inWORD Bible software.

Loneliness

“It is not good that a man should be alone.” (Genesis 2:18)

Paul’s Reasons for Remaining Single

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. (Genesis 2:18)

Was the Apostle Paul Married?

It is generally agreed that the apostle Paul was an unmarried man for the duration of his ministry. Not only does Acts omit any mention of Paul having a wife, but also Paul’s own letters seem to indicate the same. Nevertheless, there is some disagreement over whether or not Paul had been married at an earlier point in his life. In this post, I will argue that Paul was in fact a widower at the time of his writing. I’ll make the case in seven points:

Why Should A Person Get Married?

I’ll first explain some ideas behind the Jewish notion of marriage and why it is essential, and then refute some common arguments against getting married.

Why Get Married

Why do you want to get married? Take a moment and write down your reasons. How you answer this question reveals a lot about your emotional and mental readiness for marriage. Compare your answers to what I think are the four best reasons for getting married.

The Three Rabbinic Views on “Some Uncleanness"

“When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.” (Deuteronomy 24:1)

The Divorce Mania

Every little while, we hear of a kind of epidemic among the married folks, here and there, the symptoms of which disclose themselves in frantic appeals to the courts for separation. The Lowell (Mass.) News, last week, noted seven cases of divorce granted by the Supreme Court, then sitting at that place; and quotes these lines thereupon:

Was Paul a Married Man?

Certain distinguished members of the Church of England have recently published a memorial recommending celibacy for those engaged in the preaching of the Gospel. They say:

The Surprising Benefits of Marriage for Men

For many modern men, marriage is seen as an institution that, at best, stifles them or, at worst, sets them up for divorce, and as a result, financial and emotional ruin. But research coming out in recent years suggests that marriage actually offers a lot of benefits to men — from making more money, to having better sex, to enjoying a longer and healthier life.

Celibacy

Celibacy (from Latin, cælibatus”) is the state of voluntarily being unmarried, sexually abstinent, or both, usually for religious reasons. It is often in association with the role of a religious official or devotee. In its narrow sense, the term celibacy is applied only to those for whom the unmarried state is the result of a sacred vow, act of renunciation, or religious conviction. In a wider sense, it is commonly understood to only mean abstinence from sexual activity.