In a culture that is immersed with technology, choice, feedback, and FOMO (fear of missing out), marriage is taking a new turn for millennials. Millennials are now wanting to Beta marry in order to find out if they are right for each other.

This ideology comes from the BETA stage in software development where a select few are chosen by the developers to "Beta test" the software program. These chosen few are called "Beta testers" who, use the program in order for the developers to find and fix any bugs in the program before it is released to the public.

Millennials take this concept and then apply it to marriage, because they are taught to approach life with a consumer mentality. They want a money back guarantee and no commitment required with everything in life. The Beta marriage is a two-year trial marriage, which, can be dissolved or formalized at the end without divorce or paperwork required. Millennials want a chance to test the product before they commitment to marry it without having the hassle of divorce.

Some Millennials even advocate marriage that needs to be renewed every four or five years removing the concept of "until death to us part." Mexico City lawmakers in 2011 even proposed renewable marriage contracts. Others look at the rising divorce rate and simply do not want to set themselves up for failure. Millennials reason that they are eventually going to divorce anyway; therefore, they do not make a vow they will probably not keep.

Contrary to modern culture, marriage is not temporary. God who is the ultimately authority said that marriage is to be permanent despite what man says. Matt 19:4-6 records the words of Jesus Christ:

He answered, "Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?' So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate."

Paul gave more incite into marriage in 1 Corinthians 7, "to the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife."

The only way out of marriage is divorce or death. In addition, conditions must be met before divorce is even allowed. One of the conditions is adultery:

Matthew 5:31, "...everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery."

Beta marriage is just another issue in the decay of the millennial or hookup culture of today. The culture has forgotten God's law and formulated their own law holding it above God. Beta marriage is the cultures attempt to prevent marriages from failing and divorce; however, the solution is not beta marriage. The solution is to return to God and work through the problems within marriage with each other to have successful marriages that glorify God.

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