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BIBLICAL GOALS FOR MARRIAGE
Marriage is the foundation of family life. A healthy, strong foundation is essential for a family to grow.
Our generation is characterized by many conflicting philosophies and value systems. Some advocate a variety of marriage forms (e.g. contractual, communal, “living together,” etc.) easy divorces, and experimental sexual relationships. There is overwhelming evidence that such life styles produce tragic results: growing numbers of disillusioned persons and many deprived, disturbed children, not to mention the growing tragedy of AIDS. What is to be the church’s response? What should it be? Only the leading of God’s Word and Spirit can provide the needed perspective. Each Biblical concept offers positive guidance and combats numerous misconceptions. When taught with sensitivity by elders, pastors, teachers, and parents, God’s special design for married life and human sexuality can prevent painful lives and offer therapeutic help to the wounded. The Word of God calls us to repentance and deep maturity in matters such as these.
The Biblical understanding of marriage is related to the nature and purpose of God. Biblical views of man, marriage, sex, and family refuse to explain life in terms of man’s self-chosen aims. The Bible insists that attempts to understand life apart from the divine purpose are ultimately foolish. The Creator’s design establishes the dignity of the divine gift of marriage. Within the Word we find three primary goals for marriage and family life.
MARRIAGE IS FOR FELLOWSHIP
Men and women were created for fellowship with God and for His glory. Their dignity rests in their relational capacity. Men and women were designed for fellowship with each other and for fellowship in the greater human community (Genesis 2; Exodus 20:2-17; Isaiah 11:6; 54:1-3; Matthew 19:4-11; John 15:1-17; 17:6-26; Ephesians 1:9-10, 2:13-21). Marriage and human sexuality cannot be understood simply as the result of physical drives, rational formulations, social imposition, or religious moralism. While marital union is not in the realm of things commanded by God, as are fellowship with God and his people, it is a divine gift not to be profaned. The intimacy of marriage gives expression to the human desire for relatedness. The relationship of husband and wife is often compared to the reciprocal relationship of God and his people and is described in the language of the covenant. The covenant between God and his people is sacred and is not to be violated. It has great power and purpose in it. (Isaiah 61:10; Hosea; John 3:29; Ephesians 2:19-22). Marriage is a covenant bond designed by the Creator. It is redeemed in Jesus Christ, and is best realized amidst the Covenant people of God.
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