Original Publication Date
October 3, 2020
Sep 26, 2022 3:45 AM
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Hosea 1:2; 1 Corinthians 7
This page was originally posted on my Blogger version of the blog on October 3, 2020
The content below has a few minor tweaks for clarity, and additional references, and some updated information.
Would you rather be single your whole life or married to an unfaithful spouse?
Many of God's people never took a spouse, but Paul is perhaps the most famous. He even gives us reasons why singleness can be a good thing.
Hosea was called to married a prostitute—scholars debate whether he married a woman with a promiscuous past who was now faithful or if she remained promiscuous after their marriage. Either way, this marriage was symbolic of God's relationship with Israel and is symbolic of Christ's marriage to the Church. Both Israel and the Church struggle to be faithful to God.
This is a hard question for me because I have a "logical" answer and a "heart" answer. When I think about the question in its totality, there are spiritual ramifications, and yet I feel like I would choose the one with negative spiritual consequences (singleness).
As Paul states in 1 Corinthians 7, there are benefits to being single. Most of the drawbacks are external. If you stay in community with your fellow believers, you should not be lonely and if you do not listen to the world's definition of success or happiness, you shouldn't feel incomplete without a spouse.
As someone who is single and has never been married, I am content in my current state and I don't think it would be "the end of the world" if I never married. This is why I lean toward this option.
I say to the unmarried[e] and to widows: It is good for them if they remain as I am.
Many people in our society have experienced infidelity and based on conversations I've had with married people, I actually believe most couples work it out and remain married. Of course a one time slip up is very different than a serial cheater.
For this question, I imagine the relationship between Christ and the Church or God and Israel, where the spouse is continually breaking the covenant. In this case, of course pride drives me to think I wouldn't want that—if the other person doesn't respect the marriage covenant, why be married? On top of that, in our fallen world, such behavior can quickly get messy. From side babies and baby momma drama to incurable STIs/STDs, not being faithful can have consequences other than just hurt feelings!
The beginning of the word of the Lord by Hosea. And the Lord said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord.
Of course, the catch here is that God always takes us back. God loves us to the point that He's willing to take on whatever baggage we pick up in the world while we're out doing our own thing without Him. This is extremely profound from a spiritual perspective and exemplifies the meaning of true unconditional love.
There is a Bible verse that says forgive so that you can be forgiven (Luke 6:37) and by choosing remain single, I feel like I'm walking on thin ice... If I can't forgive a cheating spouse, why should I expect God to forgive me for all the things I've done? This is why it's complicated. I want to to choose be married to an unfaithful spouse, but in my heart I'm sure I would choose be single.
Would you rather is a fun game to play, particularly when getting to know someone. A person is asked to choose between two things of equal desiring—making it hard to decide and opening dialogue as to why the person chooses the option they choose. Recently I stumbled across several versions of "Would You Rather?: Bible Edition" and found the questions quite intriguing. I've decided to answer one every Sabbath.
Let me know your answer to today's "Would You Rather?" in the comment section.
References & Footnotes
- 1 Corinthians 7
- Hosea 1:2
Isaiah 11: The Lion and the Lamb
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Isaiah 6: A Glimpse of Angels
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Isaiah 9: Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
IsaiahChapter StudyEphraimManassehMessianic ProphecySatanJudgementRepentance and Forgiveness
Isaiah 4: Judgment of Israel (Pt. 3)
Isaiah 1: Judgment for Israel is Coming
IsaiahChapter StudyCaptivityRepentance and ForgivenessJudgement
Deuteronomy 5-26: The Second Address (Part 3)
DeuteronomyChapter StudyTithesRelationshipsServants and SlavesSexual AssaultWomenCommandments
Deuteronomy 1-4: The First Address
DeuteronomyChapter StudyMoabAmmonFalse Deities and ProphetsCommandmentsMosesJoshuaRepentance and Forgiveness
Numbers 25: Idolatry & Israel
NumbersChapter StudyFalse Deities and ProphetsMoabRelationships
Numbers 10-12: From Sinai to Paran
NumbersChapter StudyMosesAaronMiriamEthiopiaRelationshipsFood and Diet
Numbers 6: The Nazarite Vow
NumbersChapter StudySamsonJohn the BaptistOaths and VowsSamuelFastingClean and UncleanPaul
Numbers 35: Special Cities
NumbersChapter StudyMurderPovertyLeviRepentance and Forgiveness
Leviticus 21-22: More on Priests
Would You Rather?: Plagues vs. Famine
Would You RatherPlaguesExodus
Exodus 33-35: Repentance & The Second Set of Tablets
ExodusChapter StudyRepentance and ForgivenessClean and UncleanIsraelIntercessory PrayerFeasts & Holy DaysMoses
Exodus 32: The Golden Calf
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Honor Thy Mother and Father
Exodus 2-4: Raising Up A Leader
Would You Rather?: Fatherly Treatment
Would You RatherEdomJacobJosephGenesisRelationshipsTheft
Genesis 37-50: The 12 Tribes of Israel
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Homosexuality in the Bible
LeviticusSexual ImoralitySexual AssaultRelationshipsLawCommandmentsLove
Would You Rather?: Ask or Disobey
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2 Samuel 11-12: David and Bathsheba
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1 Samuel 25: Samuel’s Death and David’s Wives
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1 Samuel 18-27: Saul Tries to Kill David
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1 Samuel 8-10: A King for Israel
1 SamuelChapter StudyRelationshipsProphecySaulLeadership
1 SamuelChapter StudySamuelRepentance and Forgiveness
1 Samuel 16: David is Anointed
1 SamuelChapter StudySaulDavidSamuelRelationships
1 SamuelChapter StudyAmalakitesSaulRepentance and ForgivenessSamuel
Ezra 9-10: Confessions of Sin
Nehemiah 7-11: Restoration of Jerusalem
NehemiahChapter StudyTithesGenealogyRepentance and ForgivenessSalvationFeasts & Holy Days
Judges 3: Othniel and Ehud
JudgesChapter StudyCanaanFalse Deities and ProphetsRelationshipsCaptivityBenjaminMoabAmalakites
JudgesChapter StudyRelationshipsSamsonWomenPhilistineOaths and VowsDan
Acts 9: From Saul to Paul
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2 Samuel 5-10: David’s Military Success
2 SamuelChapter StudyDavidRelationshipsMessianic Prophecy
Acts 16: Timothy Was Biracial…Sort Of
Acts 15: Disagreements in the Church
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Acts 13-14: The First Missionary Journey of Paul
ActsChapter StudyLeadershipThe ChurchPaulGenealogyDiscipleship
Acts 6-8 & 10-11: The Transition
ActsChapter StudyCommunicationPaulLeadershipBaptismThe ChurchPeterEthiopiaFalse Deities and ProphetsSymbolism
Ruth 3: The Redeeming Relative
Ruth 1: In the Land of Moab
Ruth 2: The Fields of Boaz
2 Samuel 13-19: Absalom’s Coup
Chapter Study2 SamuelDavidRelationshipsTamarWomenSexual ImoralitySexual AssaultRepentance and Forgiveness
Why ‘The Bride of Christ’ is the Perfect Description
Would You Rather?: Betray or Deny
Would You RatherJudasPeterRepentance and ForgivenessLuke
Would You Rather?: Feed vs. Heal
Would You RatherSpiritual GIftsJohnMatthew
Would You Rather?: Rahab vs. Mary
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Revelation 1: John Receives a Vision
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