New Testament

Paul’s Letters

Did Paul approve of marriage?

Yes and no. Paul thought it was best if people stayed single like he did; once married, a person became concerned about not just God, but his or her spouse as well. Still, Paul conceded that it was “better to marry than to burn with lust.” (NLT, I Corinthians 7:9)

That being said, Paul was angry about the way in which one believer satisfied his passion. Paul wrote, “It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not found even among pagans; for a man is living with his father’s wife.” (I Corinthians 5:1) Both Roman and Jewish law forbade marriage between a man and his stepmother.


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