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What Does The Bible Teach About Marriage And The Family?

By Charles Box

    Marriage is a covenant, a sacred bond between a man and a woman wherein they agree to become joined to one another for the purpose of establishing a permanent home. Much can be learned about marriage by observing the first marriage. It was instituted and ordained by God Himself. “And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” (Genesis 2:21-25) The first couple, being male and female, shows us God’s design for the family. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:27)

    God intended marriage to be permanent. When God blessed the man and the woman with the privilege of marriage, His original design was that they be married until the death of one of the partners. Marriage represents a most serious commitment; it is a lifetime commitment. Mark in his gospel, written by inspiration of God, allowed us to take a deep and serious look at marriage. “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” (Mark 10:6-9) Marriage involves God; it also involves a man and a woman committed to one another, according to the laws of God for life.

    Marriage is a sacred union between a man and a woman. Marriage involves the civil part, but it is far more than that. Government may pass laws that allow “same sex marriages,” but such is disgraceful and contrary to the will of God. In the words of Genesis 2:22 we learn God’s plan for marriage. “And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.” Government may accept and sanction marriage between two people of the same sex, but God never will! Marriage is the most intimate of all human relationships; in this relationship a man and a woman are united with one another in a "one-flesh" union. (Genesis 2:23-25)

    Scripture is clear in showing us that God hates divorce. God’s prophet spoke with clarity and distinction, “For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.” (Malachi 2:16) God allowed the Jews the liberty of divorce only for the “hardness of their hearts” (Matthew 19:8); their divorce was not a thing that was pleasing to Him. Matthew 19:9 affirms that one who divorces a mate, and marries another, unless the divorce is for fornication, “committeth adultery.” “And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.” (Matthew 19:9) The teachings of the New Testament concerning divorce and remarriage are very exacting, especially in view of modern society’s loose and compromising views about right and wrong.

    Marriage, if it is in harmony with God’s plan, is certainly honorable. “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” (Hebrews 13:4) The teachings of the New Testament must be respected, whether we are studying marriage or how to become a Christian. To become a Christian you must hear the gospel (Romans 10:17), believe in Jesus as the Christ (Mark 16:16), repent of all sins (Acts 17:30), confess Christ as Lord (Romans 10:9-10) and be baptized for remission of sins. (Acts 2:38) After baptism, remain faithful to God. (Revelation 2:10) A Christian marriage can give you a little foretaste of heaven.

This Article is from the Walnut Street Church Of Christ website.

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