I have a copy of "The Minister's Service Book," published by The Gospel Publishing House, Springfield MO., out of which I have been able to glean information for both funerals and weddings over the years. As I looked through it again for this posting, I was struck by the continued use of the Lord Jesus' words found in Matthew 19:6b "What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." (See also Mark 10:9) I am not sure what kind of vows are being said in today's weddings, but I find it doubtful that anyone would say, "we will stay married unless things get too tough for us."
According to the American Psychological Association the latest statistics on the divorce rate in the United States is about 40 to 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. I found the following on the website http://www.apa.org/topics/divorce/.
"Marriage and divorce are both common experiences. In Western cultures more than 90 percent of people marry by age 50. Healthy marriages are good for couples' mental and physical health. They are also good for children; growing up in a happy home protects children from mental, physical, educational and social problems. However, about 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce. The divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher."
I wonder what marriage vows were spoken at the weddings of those who later divorced?
My wife and I are coming up on our 50th wedding anniversary. I don't say that to boast or by way of comparison with others. We have remained married to each other, not just because we love each other, but because of what the Lord Jesus said in the above mentioned scriptures. I did a similar search for the rate of people cohabiting together and came up with the following statistics at the website