"The differentials between married and unmarried men are pretty remarkable in terms of overall health and life expectancy," says Susan Brown, co-director of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Here's the proof: ...Harvard University researchers found that married people were significantly more likely than unwed folks to detect ... cancer in their early stages and to get treatment for the disease. The study also showed that married people were much less likely than singles to die of cancer.
Similar results have been found for heart disease – the number-one killer of American men.
Cardiologists at New York University's Langone Medical Center analyzed data from more than 3.5 million people nationwide and learned that, independent of other cardiovascular risk factors, married people age 50 and younger had a 12 percent less chance of developing any type of vascular disease than their unwed counterparts. Another large study found that men with wives were 46 percent less likely to die of heart disease than single guys – also after taking into consideration diabetes, smoking, blood pressure, obesity, and other major risk factors.
Additionally, according to the world renowned Rand Institute’s Published Research on “ Health, Marriage, and Longer Life for Men” numerous studies covering 140 years have shown that married persons tend to live longer than their unmarried counterparts.” Read the entire article here: Health, Marriage, and Longer Life for Men
The Washington Post even did a “tongue-and-cheek” advertisement using marriage as a “prescription” of sorts for what ails mankind citing the Rand Study as a reference. It’s actually kind of cute!... Take a look: The Washington Post
So what do all these research, medical professionals, independent and dissimilar studies, institutes and knowledge banks have in common? Nothing, except they all concluded that marriage is good for us, very good. So that brings me to my next question routinely offered by one of my favorite pastors ...
Well, God’s Word also says marriage is good. Marriage was the first institution given by the Father God to mankind in Genesis 2:24. It is the institution the Apostle Paul wrote about in Ephesians 5:32 as the model of the ongoing relationship between the Lord Jesus and the earthly body (church) of Believers.
God gave marriage to us first and His Word emphasizes it as the relationship between the Body of Believers and Himself.
So let’s review ....
- Academia says marriage is good (I don’t always agree with them but maybe just this once I might ...) :o)
- Harvard says marriage is good (I couldn’t get in ... except maybe by picking the locks ... but that’s another story... )
- The medical profession says marriage is healthy for us...and I always obey my doctors!
- Even the Washington Post, that hotbed of conservative activism ... NOT ... had something good to say about marriage.
And then, there is God’s Word, which said it First and still says it for today: “And if you are married, stay married. This is the Master's command, not mine.” 1 Corinthians 7: 10
As that favorite pastor also says, it’s amazing how relevant God’s Word becomes the more man digs up.
Just a thought, not necessarily a ... well, you know the rest...