Marriage — as Revealed in The Life of Jesus


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Paper 120 – The Bestowal of Michael on Urantia

120:3:8 (1330.3) While you will live the normal and average social life of the planet, being a normal individual of the male sex, you will probably not enter the marriage relation, which relation would be wholly honorable and consistent with your bestowal; but I must remind you that one of the incarnation mandates of Sonarington forbids the leaving of human offspring behind on any planet by a bestowal Son of Paradise origin.

Paper 122 – Birth and Infancy of Jesus

122:2:2 (1345.4) ., about three months after the marriage of Joseph and Mary, that Gabriel appeared to Elizabeth at noontide one day, just as he later made his presence known to Mary.

Paper 122 – Birth and Infancy of Jesus

122:5:9 (1349.5) This marriage concluded a normal courtship of almost two years’ duration.

Paper 127 – The Adolescent Years

127:5:1 (1402.4) And then she paused to contemplate what effect marriage would have upon Jesus’ future career; not often, but at least sometimes, did she recall the fact that Jesus was a “child of promise.”

Paper 127 – The Adolescent Years

127:5:4 (1403.2) His mind had been altogether too much occupied with the pressing problems of practical earthly affairs and the intriguing contemplation of his eventual career “about his Father’s business” ever to have given serious consideration to the consummation of personal love in human marriage.

Paper 127 – The Adolescent Years

127:5:5 (1403.3) He made it clear that his first and paramount duty was the rearing of his father’s family, that he could not consider marriage until that was accomplished; and then he added: “If I am a son of destiny, I must not assume obligations of lifelong duration until such a time as my destiny shall be made manifest.”

Paper 127 – The Adolescent Years

127:5:6 (1403.4) In after years, to the many men who sought her hand in marriage, Rebecca had but one answer.

Paper 127 – The Adolescent Years

127:6:8 (1404.7) It was during this year that Mary had a long talk with Jesus about marriage. … Jesus explained to her that, since immediate duty forbade his marriage, he had given the subject little thought.

Paper 128 – Jesus’ Early Manhood

128:5:8 (1414.6) And now things began to happen— marriage was in the air. James’s success in gaining Jesus’ assent to his marriage emboldened Miriam to approach her brother-father with her plans.

Paper 128 – Jesus’ Early Manhood

128:7:4 (1417.3) But Jude never was brought to his sober senses until after his marriage.

Paper 128 – Jesus’ Early Manhood

128:7:8 (1417.7) When Simon brought him back home, Jesus talked things over with the runaway lad and, since he wanted to be a fisherman, went over to Magdala with him and put him in the care of a relative, a fisherman; and Jude worked fairly well and regularly from that time on until his marriage, and he continued as a fisherman after his marriage.

Paper 128 – Jesus’ Early Manhood

128:7:11 (1418.3) While James continued his support of his mother’s home, his quota was cut in half because of his marriage, and Joseph was formally installed by Jesus as head of the family.

Paper 128 – Jesus’ Early Manhood

128:5:7 (1414.5) Jesus gave consent for James’s marriage two years later, provided he had, during the intervening time, properly trained Joseph to assume direction of the home.

Paper 137 – Tarrying Time in Galilee

137:4:7 (1529.4) The father of the bridegroom had provided plenty of wine for all the guests bidden to the marriage feast, but how was he to know that the marriage of his son was to become an event so closely associated with the expected manifestation of Jesus as the Messianic deliverer?

Paper 137 – Tarrying Time in Galilee

137:4:12 (1530.4) Of all persons present at the marriage feast of Cana, Jesus was the most surprised.

Paper 137 – Tarrying Time in Galilee

137:7:8 (1534.7) They had adopted many Persian beliefs and practices, lived as a brotherhood in monasteries, refrained from marriage, and had all things in common.

Paper 138 – Training the Kingdom’s Messengers

138:7:3 (1544.2) Jesus now recounted for them the coming of John, the baptism in the Jordan, the marriage feast at Cana, the recent choosing of the six, and the withdrawal from them of his own brothers in the flesh, and warned them that the enemy of the kingdom would seek also to draw them away.

Paper 140 – The Ordination of the Twelve

140:8:14 (1581.1) He repeatedly refused to lay down laws regarding marriage and divorce, but many of Jesus’ early followers had strong opinions on divorce and did not hesitate to attribute them to him.

Paper 143 – Going Through Samaria

143:5:5 (1613.3) She had been ruthlessly and unjustly cast aside by her husband and in dire straits had consented to live with a certain Greek as his wife, but without marriage.

Paper 160 – Rodan of Alexandria

160:2:6 (1775.7) marriage, with its manifold relations, is best designed to draw forth those precious impulses and those higher motives which are indispensable to the development of a strong character.

Paper 160 – Rodan of Alexandria

160:2:10 (1777.1) I repeat, such inspiring and ennobling association finds its ideal possibilities in the human marriage relation. True, much is attained out of marriage, and many, many marriages utterly fail to produce these moral and spiritual fruits.

Paper 165 – The Perean Mission Begins

165:5:5 (1824.1) Keep yourselves like men who are watching for their master to return from the marriage feast so that, when he comes and knocks, you may quickly open to him.

Paper 167 – The Visit to Philadelphia

167:1:5 (1834.3) And since no one would answer him, and inasmuch as his host evidently approved of what was going on, Jesus stood up and spoke to all present: “My brethren, when you are bidden to a marriage feast, sit not down in the chief seat, lest, perchance, a more honored man than you has been invited, and the host will have to come to you and request that you give your place to this other and honored guest.

Paper 167 – The Visit to Philadelphia

167:2:2 (1835.2) When the master of the house heard this, he was very angry, and turning to his servants, he said: ‘I have made ready this marriage feast; the fatlings are killed, and all is in readiness for my guests, but they have spurned my invitation; they have gone every man after his lands and his merchandise, and they even show disrespect to my servants who bid them come to my feast. Go out quickly, therefore, into the streets and lanes of the city, out into the highways and the byways, and bring hither the poor and the outcast, the blind and the lame, that the marriage feast may have guests.’

Paper 167 – The Visit to Philadelphia

167:5:2 (1838.3) That night, in Jericho, the unfriendly Pharisees sought to entrap the Master by inducing him to discuss marriage and divorce, as did their fellows one time in Galilee, but Jesus artfully avoided their efforts to bring him into conflict with their laws concerning divorce. As the publican and the Pharisee illustrated good and bad religion, their divorce practices served to contrast the better marriage laws of the Jewish code with the disgraceful laxity of the Pharisaic interpretations of these Mosaic divorce statutes.

Paper 167 – The Visit to Philadelphia

167:5:3 (1838.4) Though Jesus refused to be drawn into a controversy with the Pharisees concerning divorce, he did proclaim a positive teaching of the highest ideals regarding marriage. He exalted marriage as the most ideal and highest of all human relationships.

Paper 167 – The Visit to Philadelphia

167:5:4 (1839.1) And so, while Jesus refused to make pronouncements dealing with marriage and divorce, he did most bitterly denounce these shameful floutings of the marriage relationship and pointed out their injustice to women and children.

Paper 167 – The Visit to Philadelphia

167:5:5 (1839.2) Although Jesus did not offer new mandates governing marriage and divorce, he did urge the Jews to live up to their own laws and higher teachings. … While thus upholding the high and ideal concepts of marriage, Jesus skillfully avoided clashing with his questioners about the social practices represented by either their written laws or their much-cherished divorce privileges.

Paper 167 – The Visit to Philadelphia

167:5:7 (1839.4) At the conclusion of this conference Jesus said: “ marriage is honorable and is to be desired by all men. The fact that the Son of Man pursues his earth mission alone is in no way a reflection on the desirability of Marriage.

Paper 167 – The Visit to Philadelphia

167:5:8 (1839.5) And in this way Jesus relieved the minds of the apostles of many worries about marriage and cleared up many misunderstandings regarding divorce; at the same time he did much to exalt their ideals of social union and to augment their respect for women and children and for the home.

Paper 167 – The Visit to Philadelphia

167:6:1 (1839.6) That evening Jesus’ message regarding marriage and the blessedness of children spread all over Jericho, so that the next morning, long before Jesus and the apostles prepared to leave, even before breakfast time, scores of mothers came to where Jesus lodged, bringing their children in their arms and leading them by their hands, and desired that he bless the little ones.

Paper 173 – Monday in Jerusalem

173:5:1 (1894.4) After the scribes and rulers had withdrawn, Jesus addressed himself again to the assembled crowd and spoke the parable of the wedding feast.

Paper 173 – Monday in Jerusalem

173:5:2 (1894.5) “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a certain king who made a marriage feast for his son and dispatched messengers to call those who had previously been invited to the feast to come, saying, ‘Everything is ready for the marriage supper at the king’s palace.’ … My oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all is in readiness for the celebration of the forthcoming marriage of my son.’

Paper 174 – Tuesday Morning in the Temple

174:3:2 (1900.2) You know that the sons of this world can marry and are given in marriage, but you do not seem to understand that they who are accounted worthy to attain the worlds to come, through the resurrection of the righteous, neither marry nor are given in marriage.

Paper 190 – Morontia Appearances of Jesus

190:1:10 (2031.4) David Zebedee left Bethany with Martha and Mary, for Philadelphia, early in June, the day after his marriage to Ruth, Jesus’ youngest sister.

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