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Our countries are debating the definition of marriage. What do you think about marriage?
Some people think marriage is important, while others disagree. Some people say it is OK to have sex outside of marriage. Others disagree. Some people marry only one person for life. Others get divorced. In some countries, it is OK to marry more than one person at a time. Sometimes men want to marry men and women want to marry women. Other people think this is a bad idea. There are many opinions about marriage.
To debate about marriage, we need to remember how and why marriage began. Marriage began because of a man who was alone.
Humans need other people. Some time alone is good. But too much time alone will eventually make a human crazy.
In the Bible we read, “Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is right for him’” (Genesis 2:18).
God created a mate for man. He created a woman for that purpose. The man and the woman were to live together as one. They were made to complete each other. Physically, emotionally, and spiritually they were created to fit as one: married.
God now creates some people with the special ability to be single for life. This is for God’s special purposes in their lives. Other people God blesses with marriage. And God gives them a wedding gift: married sexual intimacy. Sex, within marriage, is a way to fully and safely know another person.
Marriage intimacy is God’s cure for loneliness. And, through sexual intimacy, God truly cures it. He gives humans more humans: children. And, in marriage, God provides a safe place to raise these young humans. Along with creating marriage, God created the family.
If we have questions about marriage, we need to turn to its creator for answers. We find God’s answers in the Bible.
In the Bible we read that how we treat a spouse is important. God’s design for marriage can be ruined. In fact, one of God’s Ten Commandments is to keep marriage pure. “Never commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14).
Wise King Solomon came from a family that knew the problems of adultery. He stated,
Whoever commits adultery with a woman has no sense.
Whoever does this destroys himself.
An adulterous man will find disease and dishonor,
and his disgrace will not be blotted out (Proverbs 6:32-33).
God doesn’t only tell us what not to do. He also tells us what to do in marriage. For example, we read in the Bible:
“…husbands must love their wives as they love their own bodies. A man who loves his wife loves himself” (Ephesians 5:28).
We are to treat our spouse as we want to be treated. We are to serve each other for life, in sickness and in health. If we are rich or poor, by serving our spouse we can both have joy.
God created a good and safe cure for loneliness. He gave us the gift of marriage to be between one man and one woman. Sometimes temptations are difficult to resist. However, let us be strong against temptation.
Let us celebrate the gift of marriage as God created it. Let us work to keep marriage pure. Let us keep marriage between one man and one woman. Let us honor the creator of marriage. Let us honor marriage until death makes us part.
I’m Leon Smith.