The Bible certainly promotes family, marriage, and children (have a quiver-full of them! When the single stumbles onto 1 Corinthians 7, there seems to be a contradiction, or at least a paradoxical thought when it comes to marriage: I want you to be free from anxieties.
The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord.
1 Corinthians -35 Reading anything written by the Apostle Paul can sometimes be perplexing because he is often so direct — er, blunt.
In all Bible reading and study it is helpful to know who the original audience was in order to apply those words directed to our own lives — and this passage is no exception. Should we all be single and devote our lives to pleasing only the Lord?
The Corinthians needed special instructions because of their culture's immoral standards.
The Isthmus Games (second in popularity only to the Olympic games) were held in Corinth every two years.
In short, Corinth in the first century was a diverse amalgamation of people, ideas, worldviews, and religion.
Paul tells us that the culture was starkly immoral and rife with sexual promiscuity, prostitution, and pagan worship.
Some wondered if they should all refrain from marriage altogether, while others lamented their single state.
In other words, the Corinthians were all turned around when it came to sex and marriage. Paul's teachings regarding sex and marriage instructed married couples to not withhold sex from their spouses and lose the special "one flesh" (Genesis ) connection that is a gift from God.
He also instructed Christians married to non-Christians to remain in their marriages for as long as the non-Christian was willing (1 Corinthians -16).