Anthropology: Marriage and Divorce
God in the Garden of Eden performed the first marriage. Adam and Eve, both made in God's image, were joined together by God and commanded to "be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth" (Genesis 1). God declared them to be "one flesh" (Genesis 2) and established the pattern of marriage to be a man leaving his father and mother and being joined to his wife (Genesis 2). Marriage in the Bible is a lifelong commitment between a man and woman before God. Marriage is the institution God established for sexual relations and the continuation of the human race. Marriage was created in Genesis 2:23-24, “"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." Biblical marriage results, when a believing husband and wife establish God’s principles. When a believing husband and wife institute God’s principles, a biblical marriage results. A biblically based marriage is one that is in balance, with Christ as the head of the man and the wife together. The biblical concept of marriage is an oneness between two individuals that pictures the oneness of Christ with His church. God intended husband and wife to be a spiritual, functional unity, walking in integrity, serving God, and keeping His commandments together. When this harmony is operative, society prospers under God’s hand. The requirements of marriage are for one man and one woman to be married to each other. Not same sex marrying the same sex. The Bible encourages believers to enter into marriage in a way that honors God's covenant relationship, submits to the laws of God first and then the laws of the land, and gives public demonstration of the holy commitment that is being made. There are states that have “common law marriage” where a couple after living together for seven years are considered...
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