1Corinthians 7 essentially says that it's best to stay as you were when you were first called by the Lord. He says that if you were single, it's best to stay single; if you were married, it's best to stay married. But then he goes on to say, but if a single person marries someone in the Lord, they're not sinning. And if someone divorced remarries someone in the Lord, then they're not sinning either. He said that those that are single are free to keep their focus on the Lord, while those that are married are obligated to the world with how to please their spouse. King James and a few other translations insert some things into the translation about a father giving up his daughter, but that's not in the Greek. God only knows how many children have been oppressed in a Western cultural setting with fathers, and particularly from wealthier families, trying to do the arranged marriage thing.
St. Paul said that it was absolutely against his will to burden us about these things, but he was concerned about our living a life of peace and was sharing things both from the Lord and from his own opinion about things based upon what was immediately on the horizon for their world. Some of the better translations like Scarlett's and the Concordant Literal will simply leave it as a discussion over one's own virginity and whether or not one has power to abstain from marital bonds rather than inserting the idea of arranged marriages into the passage. St. Paul was basically echoing Jesus parables about being found faithful, at whatever one had put one's hands to, when He comes. I don't find anything in the chapter particularly encouraging divorce, but St. Paul does say that if an unbeliever wishes to depart, then let 'em depart because you're not under any obligations under those circumstances other than to keep the peace.
The whole chapter is essentially a call to peace and faithfulness in whatever station one fills in life. This chapter goes along with the following chapter about not using your liberty in a way that's injurous to another believer. In the 8th chapter he uses the illustration about pagan temples, but you could apply the same truth to the previous chapter as well about not just walking on someone because you're demanding that your time belong only to the Lord. Paul uses his own ministry as an illustration of this kind of faithfulness that we're each called to in the 9th chapter, and then in the 10th chapter he uses Israel as an example of what not to do with regards to tempting the Lord, and as a call to not do any injury to the conscience of a brother, sister, or one could say that a spouse would likewise be understood in the context of the letter when he got to that point.
He said he pleased in all things so that he'd be an instrument for the salvation and sanctification of others. The 11th chapter gets into a very controversial passage, that the KJV actually translates correctly that "if anyone seems to be contentious with the headcovering thing -- we have absolutely no such tradition and neither do the Churches of God." And I'm sure that the marital chapter of 1Corinthians chapter 7 was an understood chapter in St. Paul's mind when he was talking about not rightly discerning the Lord's body over the bread and the cup, but where people were eating and drinking condemnation to themselves, with being gluttenous and drunken, and also in how they were treating others like crap. He said that the Lord will step in with judgment when there's that continual abuse of our relationships, our bodies, the consciences of others, and of the ministries that God places in our lives as he goes on to explain with the 12th through the 14th chapters.
The whole book of 1Corinthians seems to revolve around the 7th chapter, because he deals with lawsuits among believers and horrendous sexual immorality in the 5th and 6th chapters. And these things concerning being faithful to that place that one was at when the Lord called one -- to the best of one's ability, while at the same time doing absolutely everything to keep the peace even if that means letting an unbeliever walk out on you -- all of this seems to be explained to us as the wisdom taught by the Holy Spirit in the first 4 chapters of 1Corinthians. He sincerely wishes that that Church did reign as Kings where these matters were concerned so that he and the other Apostles would reign as Kings right alongside of them in Christ.
Read together and carefully pondered, one could almost say that the spiritual warfare accomplished through the 7th chapter in being faithful as either a single or a married person is a part of the spiritual pressure through which Jesus Christ is subduing and reconciling all things in 1Corinthians 15. There seems to be a modicrum of corroboration in St. Peter's epistles when he exhorts one towards all marital fidelity and peacefulness for the sake of the angels -- those at work in your behalf, and also for the sake of those that are still being subdued and reconciled per Colossians 1:15-20.
The thousand years that precedes the coming of Christ is out in front of us, during which we live and reign with Christ for a thousand years. And so many think of that life and reign as being exclusively about preaching, rebuking sin, and commanding repentance. While those have their place, it comes back down to the basics of the 1Corinthians chapter 7 life of walking as the image of Jesus Christ where each of our relationships are concerned. God's shared victory in history is a victory of and through relationships and not just some supernatural monarchial whatever that puts light against darkness as though there were genuinely any kind of contest between the two and as though we were in the middle of some Dungeons and Dragons game/battle for all of Creation. The victory was won 2000 years ago, and 1Corinthians 7 is the Spirit of Christ imploring us to allow Him to reveal that through our relationships through our commitment to be a living epistle, known and read of our spouses for their edification, comfort, and sanctification -- no matter what happens in the world; even if absolutely everything else seems to burn up in Gehenna.
Things are going to happen in this world and in relation to this world's system, but the victory of the Cross is a victory not just for each individual, but for each relationship because what is each individual without each of the relationships of their lives? In addition to being all that they can be as the Holy Spirit takes progressive custody of each level of their inmost thoughts and expressions and reveals Jesus Christ to the world through them. In what I said, I wasn't disputing the depth and value of the 7th chapter of 1Corinthians for our lives. It's just hard to say everything everytime without just posting an impossibly large book each time. Particularly when there were other things that the other discussion board thread was about.