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2 Hope of Israel Ministries BIBLE Correspondence Course Lesson 44

An Open Letter from the Staff...

Is marriage on the way out?
Is adultery still wrong?
Is the institution of the home, with its
family life, to disappear from society?
How and when did the institution of
marriage originate? Does it, after all, serve any
necessary purpose?
SOME psychologists, taking a new look at
the institution of marriage, are voicing shocking HOPE OF ISRAEL MINISTRIES
predictions for the near future. Indeed, in their BIBLE
professional eyes, the trend toward obsolescence CORRESPONDENCE COURSE
of the marriage custom has already started, and is LESSON 44
gaining momentum!
Astonishing? Published at Arcadia, California by Hope of
Yes, indeed! But marriages are not only Israel Ministries (Ecclesia of YEHOVAH).
breaking down all around us; the very usefulness
and desirability of the custom is being seriously
Is marriage on the way out, after all these John D. Keyser
generations and centuries? Is the home, and family
life, to disappear from human society? TECHNICAL ADVISOR
Incredible? Sean C. Keyser
Articles voicing this trend of thought are
appearing more and more frequently in magazines YOUR ENROLLMENT has been paid by
and newspapers. others. Bulk copies for distribution not
Predictions are appearing in print that given or sold.
marriage soon may not be the socially required ADDRESS COMMUNICATIONS to the
way for sexual union. Premarital pregnancies are Editor at the following address:
on the upsurge, coincident with an increasing Hope of Israel Ministries, P.O. Box 2186,
tendency toward public acceptance, and a Temple City, California 91780, U.S.A.
decreasing sense of stigma. _________________________________
But does marriage, after all, serve any
necessary purpose? To many that may sound like About Our Cover... The bride and groom
an absurd and foolish question. We take marriage pictured on our cover are entering into a marriage
for granted. Children growing up in a normal home “covenant”. When a husband and wife perform their
with parents, probably brothers, sisters, or both -- marriage “vows”, the wife PROMISES to love and obey
other children in similar families in homes all her husband; and the husband AGREES to provide for,
around them -- assume naturally that they will be protect and love his obedient wife. These are the terms or
married some day. No one, in such circumstances, conditions of a marriage covenant. And that’s exactly
fifty years ago, would ever have thought of what the Old Covenant was -- a MARRIAGE AGREE-
questioning marriage as an institution. No one, MENT! This lesson reveals who the “marriage” partners
then, would have asked, even in the secret recesses were, the terms or conditions agreed upon, and the
of his own thoughts, whether or not the state of VITAL LESSONS the Old Covenant teaches us today.
marriage was desirable for society.

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