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Should marriage be abolished?!

Hard is life without a wife, but worse still with only one!

The Bible tells us Genesis 3:24
'Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh'.

This is the ideal arrangement that is followed even by some birds and animals. A lifelong relationship with their spouses. But in the real world things have been different.

Before Europe was overrun by Jewish ethics through the advance of Christianity, marriage was little-known and people would simply fornicate, leaving the woman to hold and care for the baby. Marriage was introduced for the benefit of the woman to protect her and enhance her status. But monogamy was introduced for the benefit of the average man to prevent wealthy and powerful men from cornering the best women.

The present system served both the man and the woman, as well as the children who, in particular, were assured who their parents were, and the husband-to-be satisfied of the paternity of his family. The law considers him to be the father anyway even if he was not. But medical and scientific advances now offer better safeguard through DNA tests, and the woman can get rid of unwanted pregnancies by various safe and easy methods. When a husband can go to jail for raping his wife, then we can say that the institution of marriage has outlived its usefulness. Marriage should be relegated to the domain of a private agreement made-to-measure to suit the requirement of the couple regarding finances, bringing up of the children as well as the duration of the marriage.

The people of Iran have for centuries practised this kind of marriage to the extent that a traveller can enter into a marriage contract with a bride, say, for six months.


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