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How Evangelicals and Orthodoxs view Marriage

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Evangelical View on Marriage

Evangelicals believe that marriage is a holy covenant between a man and a woman, ordained by God. They view marriage as a lifelong commitment and sacred union that reflects the love and sacrifice of Christ for his church. Evangelicals prioritize the roles of husband as the leader and protector of the family, and the wife as the nurturer and supporter. They believe that marriage is a reflection of the relationship between Christ and the church and that it is essential for couples to prioritize their relationship with God in order to have a healthy and strong marriage.

Orthodox View on Marriage

Orthodox Christianity views marriage as a sacrament that signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It is considered a sacred and holy union that is intended to bring a man and a woman into a partnership of love and service. The Orthodox Church stresses the importance of mutual respect, love, and commitment within marriage. It emphasizes that marriage is a divine institution that provides a path for sanctification and spiritual growth. Orthodox Christians believe that marriage is a reflection of God’s love for humanity and that the husband and wife are to support and uplift one another in their journey of faith.


The main differences between the Evangelical and Orthodox view on marriage lie in the understanding of the sacramental nature of marriage and the role of husband and wife within the union. While both perspectives emphasize the sacredness of marriage and its reflection of the divine relationship between Christ and the Church, there are differences in the emphasis placed on specific roles within marriage and the sacramental nature of the union. Evangelicals tend to focus on the leadership and support roles of husband and wife, while Orthodox Christians stress the sacramental and sanctifying nature of marriage. Despite these differences, both perspectives acknowledge the inherent value and significance of marriage as a reflection of God’s love and grace.

Bible Verses About Marriage


1. Genesis 2:24 – “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

2. Ephesians 5:25 – “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”

3. 1 Corinthians 7:5 – “Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”

4. Hebrews 13:4 – “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.”

5. Mark 10:9 – “What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”


1. Ephesians 5:22-33 – “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her…”

2. Malachi 2:16 – “For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the Lord, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.”

3. 1 Peter 3:7 – “Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.”

4. 1 Corinthians 7:2 – “But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.”

5. Proverbs 18:22 – “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.”

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