The Bible says we should only be concerned with the things of the Lord, that we should be totally devoted to worshiping him and pleasing him. Paul in 1 Corinthians 7 seems to be saying that marriage is not a way to please the Lord or be completely devoted to him, and that it is not a "thing of the Lord" but a "thing of the world".
It seems like he is saying only unmarried people are concerned with the "things of the Lord" and pleasing the Lord, while married people are concerned with worldly things. He says that marriage can be a hindrance to devotion to Jesus, and that marriage divides you between the Lord and your spouse. This doesn't seem right to me from everything I've read in scripture about marriage. I thought marriage was a way to be devoted to God and to please the Lord, not a hindrance. I thought pleasing your spouse was a way to please the Lord, not a way to develop divided loyalties between them.
One way someone described this passage to me was that an unmarried person is only concerned about the things of the Lord and pleasing him, but a married person has to be concerned with the things of the Lord but also the things of the world (pleasing their spouse, family, etc) and that these things can be a distraction from undivided devotion to the Lord. This still doesn't seem right to me because, like I said, I thought marriage, pleasing your spouse, and taking care of your family were a thing of the Lord themselves, and a way to please the Lord and be devoted to him, not a distraction or hindrance from that.
So, is singleness actually better than marriage? Is that what Paul is saying in this passage?
Any help understanding this passage would be appreciated.