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Marriage—Soon Obsolete?

Americans say yes, but they are wrong.
 

Is marriage on the way out? Is adultery still wrong? Are home and family life to disappear from society? How and when did the institution of marriage originate? Does it serve any necessary purpose? Herbert Armstrong asked those questions well over 40 years ago in his booklet Why Marriage! Soon Obsolete?

The title of that booklet flashed before my eyes when I read a recent Associated Press headline using the same terms. “Four in 10 say marriage is becoming obsolete,” it said (emphasis mine). “[N]early one in three American children is living with a parent who is divorced, separated or never-married,” it said. “More people are accepting the view that wedding bells aren’t needed to have a family” (Nov. 18, 2010).

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