The Current Cultural Crisis Incredible as it may seem, we can no longer assume that people in our culture understand what the proper definition of "marriage" and "the family" is. In this brief treatise on marriage and the family, we will take up these questions and proceed to discuss a number of related matters, such as singleness, divorce and remarriage, and homosexuality, in an effort to develop a full-orbed understanding of the biblical teaching on the subject. In a broad sense, this family also includes any other persons related by blood (the extended family).
Not only is this a sad commentary on the impact of same-sex marriage activists on our society, it also shows how the culture's memory of the biblical tradition on which it is largely based is fading fast. As I have sought to demonstrate at some length in my book , marriage and the family are institutions under siege today, and only a return to the biblical foundation of these God-given institutions will reverse the decline of marriage and the family in our culture today. In the book of Genesis, we read that God in the beginning created first a man (Adam) to exercise dominion over his creation and subsequently a woman (Eve) as the man's "suitable helper" (Genesis , 20).
Divorce is not permitted except in a very limited number of biblically prescribed circumstances (see : Marriage is not merely a human agreement between two consenting individuals (a "civil union"); it is a relationship before and under God (Genesis ).
Hence, a "same-sex marriage" is an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms.
While "one flesh" suggests sexual intercourse and normally procreation, at its very heart the concept entails the establishment of a new kinship relationship between two previously unrelated individuals (and families) by the most intimate of human bonds.
(4) : Marriage is a relationship of free self-giving of one human being to another (Ephesians -30).Therefore, people of all cultures and religions--including those who lack faith in God, Christ, or the Bible--are capable of participating in the institution of marriage.However, we who are Christians believe that the fullest understanding of God's will for marriage can be derived from a careful examination of scriptural teachings.For this reason, it is not self-interest, human advantage, or an unfettered commitment to personal freedom that governs the marriage relationship, but the husband and wife's joint commitment to conduct their marriage based on God's design and sovereign plan. Marriage is a covenant, a sacred bond between a man and a woman instituted by and publicly entered into before God and normally consummated by sexual intercourse.God's plan for the marriage covenant involves at least the following five vital principles: (1) : Marriage is intended to be permanent, since it was established by God (Matthew 19:6; Mark 10:9).It is incumbent upon the church to educate both itself and the larger culture regarding the full breadth and depth of God's intentions for marriage. Today, marriage and the family are regularly viewed as social conventions that can be entered into and severed by the marital partners at will.As long as a given marriage relationship meets the needs of both individuals involved and is considered advantageous by both sides, the marriage is worth sustaining.By Andreas Kostenberger Version en español Andreas J. He is also editor of the (JETS) and founding president of Biblical Foundations, an organization with the aim of "restoring the biblical foundations of the home, the church, and society." Dr. Studies and Professor of New Testament at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.Then, the inspired writer remarks, "Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh" (Genesis ESV).This verse sets forth the biblical pattern as it was instituted by God at the beginning: one man is united to one woman in matrimony, and the two form one new natural family.