problems OF DIVORCE IN IBIBIO CULTURE
PROBLEMS OF DIVORCE IN IBIBIO CULTURE
Marriage and divorce may be one of the most serious issues confronting Ibibio society today. An ideal marriage will normally remain unified, undivided, and unbroken.
This is the plan that the Creator devised when He gave Adam Eve as his permanent partner in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:24). When recalling Christ's prohibition against divorce, St. Paul shared the same opinion:
To those who are now married, I give this command (though it is not mine, but the Lord's): a wife must not split from her husband; if she does, she must either remain single or reconcile with him again. Similarly, a husband is not permitted to divorce his wife. 1 Cor. 7:10 11.
This verse illustrates why divorce is harmful and should not be tolerated in the Christian society. The husband, on the other hand, should not lord his authority over his wife, but instead love and provide for the family. The spouse must be willing to sacrifice his entire life for his wife and children.
He should do some job for them. However, this form of self-sacrifice is only achievable in situations where conjugal love exists and prevails. Even if a couple has separated, every effort should be made to persuade them to stay together or get back together.
The purpose of this study, however, is not to give a solution to the social problem generated by marriage and divorce. Rather, the goal of this research is to situate the issue of marriage and divorce within the context of Ibibio society.
True spouses become one body in marriage, a concept founded on love. The couples should love one other in the manner of Christ. This love is limitless; it was because of Christ's love for the world that He was able to die for the world's sins.
God despises divorce, as expressed more clearly in (Malachi 2:14-16), which demonstrates that divorce is treachery (deceitful unfaithfulness) towards one's mate. Divorce is regarded as violent and the result of a bad spirit.
It undermines the nurturing of the children born from the marriage, whom the parents are supposed to raise as believers in a Christian home. The issue of women's rights protection is the most contentious in this human and development matrix.
Not only because women outnumber males in the world, but also because millennia of oppression, suppression, and exploitation by men, supported by cultural, philosophical, theological, historical, economic, and other alibis, have suppressed women's latent creative powers all across the world.
Unfortunately, many of the enslaving taboos are only revealed later in life or after marriage has ended for them, yet the circumstance leaves a significant gap of inequality between husbands and wives in man's society, such as the Ibibio tribe of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.
1.2 Statement Of The Problem
The primary issue to be assessed is marriage and divorce in light of biblical revelation as it relates to Ibibio society. Aspects of Ibibio culture should be better blended with Christian faith.
After turning to Christianity, Ibibio culture kept many of their old ideals, rituals, and cultural values, particularly about marriage and divorce. The researcher believes that issues of marriage and divorce in Ibibio society warrant more investigation.
An assessment of Ibibio Christian marriages should be guided by the ideals presented in Matthew 19:1-12. In this scripture, Jesus tells the Church that God creates marriage and gives it enormous purpose and meaning (Martin 2004:9).
Jesus uses Genesis to explain that marriage is a divine institution with permanent status. As a result of marriage's divine character, divorce is an offence against God. Divorce clearly opposes biblical teachings.
Jesus asserts unequivocally that God created them male and female, and that a man would leave his father and mother to be attached to his wife, and the two will become one flesh (Genesis 1:27).
The attributive theory and the New Testament's Matthew 19:3-10, where Jesus addressed the topic of divorce, were used as the foundation for investigating the problem of divorce in Ibibio society.
As a result, it has become critical to perform a research to assess how divorce has affected marriages, families, and the people of Ibibio in general.
1.3 Objective Of The Study
The following are the primary goals of this work:
Identify and analyse the divorce issue in Ibibio culture.
In Ibibio culture, emphasise the cause of divorce.
Investigate the effects of divorce in Ibibio society.
Apply the theological implications of Matthew 19:3-10 to the topic of divorce in Ibibio culture;
Suggestions for tackling the issue of divorce in Ibibio culture are welcome.
1.4Significance Of The Study
This study is significant in a variety of ways. It will assess the extent to which Christian participation in family affairs can result in progress towards home peace. The study will be used to discourage divorce in Ibibio culture and around the world.
Again, it will add to the body of literature on divorce in Nigeria and encourage more scholars to conduct additional research on this social problem. It will also assist people in understanding the types of elements that impact divorce and in maintaining strong connections in marriages. It will guide family life and teach you how to deal with marriage failures.
Furthermore, because it will serve as a reference material on concerns of unstable marriages, this study will be valuable to singles, married people, and even the church.
Christians will be pushed to live practically in accordance with Matthew 19:3-10's prescription for healthy marital partnerships.
1.5 scope Of The study
The problem being studied is not exclusive to one location, but the Ibibio society of Akwa Ibom State has been chosen as the study region.
The scope has been cut down to Afaha Oku, Iba Oku, Ikot Ebido, Ikot Ntuen Oku, Ikot Udoro, Nung Uyo Idoro, Ikot Ayan, Aka Offot, Effiat Offot, Atan Offot, Anua Offot, and Iboko to improve correct focus and effective utilisation of limited time and resources.
The approach of getting information in this study endeavour is both field and library based; the strategy for collecting data will comprise consulting books, journals, and other educational materials such as online sources.
The researcher also conducted personal interviews, particularly with divorced women, in order to establish facts about the significance of women's rights.
Again, an oral interview and a questionnaire designed by the researcher will be employed. The utilisation of these two data collection procedures will assist the researcher in gathering data for analysis on divorce practises in Ibibio culture.