This bond is a sacred covenant of love involving a man, a woman and God. Paul expresses that this bond of marriage between husband and wife symbolizes the bond that exists between Christ and his church.This sacred covenant cannot be dissolved throughout one's earthly life.2 Therefore, each person entering into that special covenant of marriage needs adequate preparation to be certain that one is ready to marry.
Two generations ago living together before marriage was viewed as scandalous by our society.
Young people were strongly discouraged from cohabiting.
As a society, that view has been greatly challenged today.
Between 30 percent and 40 percent of couples seeking marriage in the United States today are living together.
"God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them."1 From the very first moment of the life of the human race, God has loved his people.
God loves us not only as a human race, but he loves each of us as an individual, as his own unique creation.Whether we be a man or a woman, God has a plan for each of our lives.For many, that plan includes the joining of man and woman in the sacramental bond of marriage.Many people see cohabiting not only as permissible, but even as necessary to attempt to diminish the possibility of divorce or marital unhappiness later in the life of the couple.The church does not believe that cohabitation before marriage is a moral or acceptable preparation for this sacred bond.Rather, the church sees cohabitation as a threat to the marital happiness that engaged couples so desperately seek.