The general notion about marriage specifically among “Christian” Ghanaians is that marriage is between one man and one woman, and that such an arrangement was created by God and sanctioned by God forever and ever.
As Ghanaians we must face the fact that this definition of marriage was brought to our land by European colonialists. Before that time monogamy was in fact quite rare. Marriage was between one man and as many women as the man chose, with the blessing of the community. This resulted in the wife or wives often competing for the man’s attention and favours and therefore the willingness to provide for his every demand without question.
When we come to this 21st century, many people are talking about Sororate marriage in which a husband engages in marriage or sexual relations with the sister of his wife, usually after the death of his wife or if his wife has proven infertile and Levirate marriage in which the brother of a deceased man is obliged to marry his brother’s widow.
According to the bible Leviticus 18 – 16, the bible says “thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brothers wife: it is thy brothers nakedness and vice versa”, Leviticus 20 – 21 says “if a man shall take his brothers wife, it is an unclean thing: he hath uncovered his brothers nakedness; they shall be childless”.
The same bible Matthew 22 – 24 saying Master, Moses said, if a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother
The Quran does not prohibit a man from marrying his brother’s widow, it does prohibit a wife to be “inherited” O you who have believed, it is not lawful for you to inherit women by compulsion.
As it seems probable that no efforts will be spared on the part of many people in this country to make it a law of the land that a man may marry his deceased wife’s sister, it is incumbent on all who fear God to know what His law is on the subject. The law of the land is not always the law of God. The one is made by man, the other by God, which is immutable.
Therefore, if it be the law of God that “a man shall not marry his deceased wife’s sister,” it is not a question for debate at all..
The chapter begins with God speaking to Moses (verse 1) and giving him a message for the Israelites (2), warning them to keep God’s laws rather than Canaanite or Egyptian practices (3–5). Then follows a list of people with whom sex is forbidden due to family relationships (6–19). Verse 20 prohibits sexual relations with a neighbor’s wife, and 21 prohibits passing one’s children through a fire to Moloch.
People really get confused judging from the bible but as a Christian and Ghanaian culture one shouldn’t marry brothers wife when he is dead or vice versa this is the word of God.
Kindly listen to the opinions of some of the people we interviewed below: