“In a high-divorce society, not only are more unhappy marriages likely to end in divorce, but in addition, more marriages are likely to become unhappy." -- COUNCIL ON FAMILIES IN AMERICA.
When Japanese government officials conceived building an airport in Narita, little did they know that the airport will later come to be associated with divorce.
Even the engineers & architects, who dreamt up the plan, forgot to dream about wed locks & goodbyes. Morpheus, the god of dreams, did not remind them.
Now, the term Narita divorce, has been coined for the newlyweds who on arrival at Narita Airport after a honeymoon, immediately head to the court to file divorce papers. Bad word!
Marriages have been known to hit the rocks, the night after the weeding day.
Some may wait to happen after the birth of the first child, while others may choose to divorce after their golden jubilee.
The story of broken marriages -- marital bliss turned marital misery, is worldwide. And this is happening despite an army of psychologists, psychiatrists, clergymen, and other counselors offering advice on marriage, including a horde of publications on the subject.
People have even written best-sellers, offering advice on broken families. Ask Inyanla Vanzant, the author of the book, Yesterday I Cried.
Let's get some statistics. Britain has the highest divorce rate in Europe (4 out of 10 marriages), Canada & Japan (1 out of 3 marriages), Zimbabwe (2 out of every 5 marriage) and Spain (1 out of 8 marriages.)
Also in Australia, divorce rates have quadrupled since the 1980's, and in the United States & other lands, teenage mothers & children born out of wedlock, have been on the rise.
In other countries, like Germany, the traditional family has totally been abandoned. In that country, single persons & individuals account for a majority of the families. And in France, people are marrying less, and divorcing more.
The effect of broken families -- the oldest human institution -- is already telling on us. What with the violence that we see around us today? Family disintegration has led to the fall of great empires like Rome & Greece. May it not lead to the end of our civilization!
But why are married couples increasingly getting divorce certificates or simply living as roommates, or what has been called emotional divorce? Because they started their marriages with the wrong foot. And head to the wrong people to seek advice -- marriage counselors.
These series of articles will help you to get your marriage on a good start, and stay married. Because it will tell you God's view about marriage. And since God is the creator & originator of marriage, he is the best authority on this matter.