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Nationally, 49% of all marriages end in divorce. But you might think the odds of failure are much less for couples heavily involved in church. Not so!

Ministries Today reports the divorce rate up 279% in the last 27 years. Taking a survey of all ministers in all denominations, 50% of their marriages will end in divorce,

An ABC broadcast reports that the divorce rate in the "Bible Belt" is 50% higher than in other areas of the country.

The Christian-based Barna Research Group reported in January, 2000, that 21% of atheists and agnostics will or have experienced divorce, while 29% of Baptists and 34% of non-denominational Christians will or have experienced divorce. The average rate for all Christian groups is 27%.

It’s time to look at some examples of marriage in the Bible. Although marriage practiced in the Old Testament was far from the ideal, we can see what God intends marriage to be.

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