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The divorce rate is not over 50%, that stat hasn't been true since the 70s. It's been declining ever since and is now closer to 25%.
Aime, According to the American Psychological Association, the "divorce rate is currently between 40 - 50%". My wife and I have been married for 33 years, and we observe that fewer young couples in our community and social circle are getting married.
@Edward J. Palumbo: Very insightful! Thank you. People nowadays are just opting to cohabit rather than getting married and having their own family.
Would you advise that everyone live with their mate before getting married? Your situation just happened to work out on the plus side.
Yes, I would. What's the negative side? If you can't live with someone then why would you marry them? Better to figure that out before you sign papers.
The Word: According to statistics most marriages in the U.S. take place in today's era involve couples who lived together.
Today 70 percent of women aged 30 to 34 have cohabited with a male. Per article by Dr. Arielle Kuperberg, Ph.D (Sociology)
In your 6 years of cohabitation, did you ever engage in s e x?
Me again, my sweet Evane. I see much beauty in what you say. Forward, Yes! To look at others is a retrogressive step. Watch your own practice...pray...Listen...let Him do the rest.
Yes, and I know where you're going with this. I'm an atheist so I don't believe there's anything immoral about sex before marriage. I believe it's wise to know someone as well as possible before making a lifelong commitment to them.
Know what's really fun? Your future mother-in-law bringing you religious tracks about 'What's wrong with living together' after the first few months, ha! Religions are man-made constructs with rituals that don't care about real life or real people.
I beg to disagree. Anything becomes immoral first and foremost if it contradicts what is written in the Bible.
Everything becomes burdensome in one form or another, if they do not take you to God; to Love; to Light or inner Happiness. Spirituality is the Highest Law. Again, it is in the thorns that we grow. They are as necessary as the roses. Much Love, Evane
The bible was written by men. The bible isn't written in stone. Don't know why people STILL go by the bible as it is an outdated, ancient book?
Grace is correct! The bible was written by men.
Secondly not everyone on the planet is a Christian and therefore each individual has his/her own moral code.
To judge a couple as being "immoral" for living together is (your religious) belief.
I got your point. But would you say that they, having been in one roof, or living under one roof without marriage is moral?
You show sensitivity both in your Q's and responses, Evane. No bad thing. I like you, but you're asking man. Throw Light on the Heart, strengthen your conscience and Listen ...
Nothing is wrong w/living together. LOVE is love regardless. Marriage is merely societal formality, no more no less.
I like your reply. Just listen (to the intuition which always guides), then act and listen again. A great reply and message.
@manatita44 so are you saying that sex is the determinant whether cohabitation becomes immoral or not?
You always understand my work, brother Venkatachari M.
Evane, I say God, The Inner Pilot Supreme, is the final determinant, but I also say that desire and insecurity are the problems, irrespective of differing names.