Genesis 2:18-25, vs. 18, “And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him”
Jay Adams in his book “Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage” states that, “God designed marriage as a foundational element of all human society. Before there was a child, a church, a school, a business, institutions, God formally instituted marriage declaring, vs. 24 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh”, this was also talked about by Christ in Matthew 19:5 and Paul in Ephesians 5:31. It’s a let go and cleaves to.”
The word says, leaving Father and mother, house of growth. See here how great the virtue of a divine ordinance is; the bonds of it are stronger even than those of nature. To whom can we be more firmly bound than the fathers that begat us and the mothers that bore us? Yet the son must quit them, to be joined to his wife, and the daughter forgets them, to cleave to her husband and the two become one.
I believe marriage is a foundation for many things and must by all means have a strong foundation if it’s to stand through the test of time. I also believe that it’s a union God designed to make His name great when He joins two people opposite each other and live His own life through them. Only God can bring about, “unity in diversity” for His own glory. It’s also an avenue by which we learn more of what God’s love is when you have to love someone who does not meet all your needs, or fails you many times but you still love and forgive them.
Carl Wheat in his ABC’s (Acronym) of forever marriage stands for Absolute Love, Belonging Love, and Commitment Love to which when these three ingredients are integrated together, they equal a Forever Relationship. It’s God’s will in every marriage that the couples love each other with an absorbing spiritual, emotional and physical attraction that continues to grow throughout their life time together. After all she was made out of the man to tell us that she is part of him, the bones of his bones and the flesh of his flesh. To add to the strong bond, of all the love for God, family, friends etc., only in marriage is there physical consummation of love shared between a husband and a wife which shows a special bond orchestrated by God for the right people at the right time.
To combat homosexual marriages, I think it’s wise we start with the whole reason God instituted marriage first before addressing their sin of perversion. This is why I believe this approach is better, when we know God instituted marriage to be a true reflection of Him as the groom and the church as the bride, and in marriage the relationship is made clear. Then when we talk to homosexuals, we show how their idea of marriage is distorted from why God created marriage and the purpose of its existence. The primary reason for marriage is not how happy man can be but how God relates to his creation (humans) He has redeemed.
God created Adam, He formed Eve out of Adam, “Thus Adam appears as a creature formed after the image of God–showing his knowledge by giving names to the animals, his righteousness by his approval of the marriage relation, and his holiness by his principles and feelings, and finding gratification in the service and enjoyment of God” Jamieson, Faussett, and Brown commentary. So marriage requires a greater duty of us toward our spouses, than otherwise we are bound to show to our parents. Marriage is God’s divine plan. Blessings Ev