The Bible has over 500 entries about marriage, husbands, wives. Important subject.
According to statistics, a marriage today has over 40% chance of ending in divorce. But in my experience, in the church I grew up in and the church I attend now, I know of none who have divorced. Couples in these 2 churches have stayed together. True, I have only attended church as an older adult for the last 17 years. And as a child, through my 20’s when I left my God and my church for about 30 years, I might have missed a couple or 2 who might have divorced. However, I would probably have heard my parents discussing such a thing. (I always listened when they talked in hushed tones).
So, it seems to me that active Christianity leads to a healthy marriage. At least it seems to lead to less divorce.
“The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.””
(Genesis 2:18 NIV)
“So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”
(Genesis 2:21–24 NIV)
This was the first wedding! Can you imagine? When Adam first saw Eve? Bet he just had the biggest crush on her. And can you imagine the joy? The fulfillment? I believe God created man and then woman for each other, for companionship, for help in their lives, for intimacy. In the beginning God created a man and a woman.
Are we to change this paradigm?
Should we bring two men to the marriage feast? Two women? What would be the point?
“As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.””
(Genesis 9:7 NIV)
How does such a union obey God’s commands?
Frankly, it doesn’t.
Changing the model created by God is just further perversion of the goodness in creation. Perversion of goodness is evil. As a believer in Jesus, I must remain obedient to his statutes.
Perversion has caused our culture, our world, to run amuck. Sad.
June 3, 2012
I received a very sweet card from my big guy yesterday evening. It said: “You’re all that I want, and more than I deserve. I love you.”
I think men become smarter as they age.