The Bible teaches that a Christian man can only have one wife. A man is only allowed to marry one wife in Christianity. If a man’s wife dies, he is free to marry another woman. If a man’s wife commits adultery, he is free to divorce her and marry another woman. The rule in Christianity is that a man is permitted to have only one wife, for life.

Jesus said a man can have only one wife

Jesus teaches us in the Bible: “But ‘God made them male and female’ from the beginning of creation. ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.” (Mark 10:6-9).

When man was created God made for him one wife

God intended from the Garden of Eden that a man should have only one wife, and a wife should have only one husband. This is what is written in the Book of Genesis:

““It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” … So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’” This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.” (Genesis 2:18-25).

One husband, one wife

In marriage, a husband and a wife should love each other. God teaches us in the Bible: “The husband should fulfill his wife’s sexual needs, and the wife should fulfill her husband’s needs. The wife gives authority over her body to her husband, and the husband gives authority over his body to his wife.” (1 Corinthians 7:3-4).

God does want a man and a woman to get a divorce

God said that He doesn’t like divorce. God knows that divorce is a bad thing to have happen in a marriage.

God teaches us in the Bible: ““Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’” And he said, “‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.” (Mark 19:4-6).

When a man and a woman are married, God teaches us that it is was He who brought the two together. And God teaches us that He does not want human beings to destroy the marriage that God has created.

The husband is the spiritual leader in the house

God has created marriage to be a place where men and women can enjoy each other sexually, and for them to have children if God permits, and to raise those children as Christians. This is God’s plan and God’s creation. The Bible teaches us that there is one woman, one man, under God, living for God and if they have children to raise those children as Christians.

God has made the husband, the spiritual leader of the house: “ For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church.” (Ephesians 5:22-23).

A good wife is from the Lord

God is interested in providing a good wife to a man. God teaches us in the Bible: “The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord.” (Proverbs 18:22).

“…only the LORD can give an understanding wife.” (Proverbs 19:14).

“He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.” (Proverbs 18:22).

A man should always love his wife

A man should show his love to his wife in many different ways. We know that Jesus taught us in the Bible that we are to “love one another” (John 13:34). This is especially true in marriage. A man and a woman might live together in the same house for 40 years or more. They see each other every day and every night. They have to show love and forgiveness to each other all the time.

“…husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together.” (1 Peter 3:7).

“Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly.” (Colossians 3:19).

A husband should stay pure sexually and only have sex with his wife. This is what God teaches us in the Bible: “Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.” (Hebrews 13:4).

A husband and his wife should raise the children as Christians

The Bible teaches us that a husband and a wife should raise their children as Christians.

“Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do.” (Ephesians 6:1).

“Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord.” (Colossians 3:20).

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” (Ephesians 6:1).

So as you live your married life remember that you are bound and have a duty to remain married to your husband or your wife. You are not permitted to get a divorce unless your husband or your wife has committed adultery. As you stay married raise your children to be Christians. This is your duty and obedience to God and His Word.

God is very interested in men and women having a happy marriage. God has made marriage as a way for humanity to continue to grow and to bless the earth. We are to take God’s plan for a husband and his wife to raise Christian children as a serious task and job for us to do. A husband is to love his wife.

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