Okay, I've said it before, and I'll say it again (this time I'll just elaborate): its only God that defines marriage; not you, not the government, not some activists, just God alone.
And before you say stuff like "Then polygamy is okay", or "But love is love!", or whatever, let me just get some stuff straight here, especially on some certain issues:Polygamy
Okay, some of you may think that there are people in the Bible that practice polygamy (well, there were). But the big question is this: is polygamy acceptable? The answer is no.
Can a man love more than one wife? Certainly not.
A man cannot love more than one wife, neither should a woman love more than one husband. (1 Corinthians 7:1-2). The Scriptures tells us that "each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband." This sinful practice can be classified as a combination of fornication and adultery.
In countries such as Brazil and Netherlands that have legalized it, it has created a whole deal of chaos in those families, and the rest of the people.
Polygamous marriages, (or known to some countries as "group marriages"), can put a whole household into so much unrest and ruins, and it will have a negative impact on children living in polygamous families.
Having said that, polygamy is also classified as greed, because they will take other men's wives, which before God is wrong. God created marriage between 1 man and 1 woman, Adam and Eve, not one man and multiple wives, not even Adam and multiple Eves.
Now I mentioned it, during Issac's time, people were seeing polygamy as a norm (which before God its not). But Issac married only one wife, and that's Rebekah. He loved her dearly, and he was loyal to her that he did not take another wife for any reason whatsoever.
Some of you reading this may think that the Bible condones polygamy. Wrong. God's Word never for once approves it. The Bible also says "Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold." (Deuteronomy 17:17)
To all Christians reading this, and to all who are looking forward to be married someday, stick to one husband/wife.
Regardless of what you think, human beings are not Matchmakers. Okay? Unfortunately this thing is happening across the globe, more especially among rich people and Muslims. Some even sell their daughters as child brides, which is totally wrong.
I mean, seriously, why can't they understand that God is the real Matchmaker? They just end up taking it into their own hands, and that never ends well. At all.
I mean, during Issac time, he wanted to marry but none of the ladies living there are even eligible because they all worship pagan gods. So God used Abraham's servant Eliezar, to bring the right wife for Issac.
God has His own way of bringing the right husband/wife for you, if you simply leave the matter to God's hands!
A very widely debated topic, still going on today. And believe it or not, same-sex "marriage" is and will always be a sin. Well, when it comes to homosexuality itself, the Bible does clearly forbids it. In countries such as Spain and Argentina that have allowed this practice, it has created a great deal of damage, to the point it even destroyed many families, and it is a very grave injustice to equality. Even in Netherlands, there has been a significant fall in the marriage rate since the day marriage was redefined. In France, there have been continuous large scale protests against this practice, even after the law was passed. In this century we live in, homosexuality is considered normal by many people. Whenever it is mentioned, it is not uncommon to hear someone ask "What's wrong with two people of the same gender falling in love? Isn't it normal?" The answers to these questions can be found in none other than the Bible.
In the modernized world we live in, people (especially Christians) are labelled as "homophobes" for not agreeing with homosexuality or anything related to it such as same-sex 'marriage', which is just foolish mentality.
The world considers what God clearly tells is unnatural to be natural (Romans 1:26-27). Some may argue that God's law forbidding homosexuality was only for the Old Covenant which God made between Himself and the Israelites. However, a quick search of the Scriptures will show that the New Testament has more verses condemning homosexuality than the Old Testament does.
Jesus himself gave God's definition of marriage in Mark 10:6-9, when he was speaking about marriage and grounds of divorce. He said that in the beginning 'God made them male and female.' He also said that "a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate."
Plus, God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Geez man.
Recent polls also show that children are better off with a married mother and father than same-sex couples.
The worst part about that is that some of todays churches are even accepting it as a norm. No. Its shouldn't be that way. Its not good, its not Biblical, its not Godly, its not right.
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Possibly one of the rarely debated issues, transgender 'marriage' is as worse as same-sex 'marriage'. It will affect everybody in a really drastic way. When men liberalizes sin, and when sin demands rights and acceptance, that very nation will crumble down, and will eventually lead people to Hell. This practice is not genetically based, and it is not simply a psychological disorder that "have to live with"; it is rebellion against God's plan.
God created marriage solely between one man and one woman, but in today's world, they disregard the Truth and not only promote same-sex 'marriage', but also promote laws that involves a transgender person who was born a male to marry a man, and a transgender person born a female to marry a woman.
The most basic to our understanding of sex is that God created
two (and only two) genders: male and female, as He created Adam as a man
, and Eve as a woman
. (Genesis 1:27
). There is no room for error in God's creation, and no one is born with the "wrong body." as the transsexual activists so claim.
“God created marriage. No government subcommittee envisioned it. No social organization developed it. Marriage was conceived and born in the mind of God.” ~ Max Lucado
They may think they are right all the time, but God will weigh their hearts (Proverbs 21:2). And the Scriptures clearly warned of such pride:
"For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord. In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, "There is no God." ~ Psalms 10:3-4
"For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips, let them be trapped in their pride. For the cursing and lies that they utter" ~ Psalms 59:12
"For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world." ~ 1 John 2:16
And also the Bible says that He resists the proud and give grace to the humble (Proverbs 3:34
). Some people (even the LGBT activists, and so-called Christians) may argue "But what's wrong with pride?!", when pride, unfortunately is what Satan uses to lead more people to Hell. It is no wonder that many are too comfortable in sin that they are very hardened against The Word of God.
A man should stay as a man, and a woman should stay as a woman, is that too hard to ask?
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In all honesty, God's Word strongly condemns such immoral act, revolting, sinful and sickening act. An example is Leviticus 18:23 where it says "Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion."
Why is bestiality condemned so strongly? First and foremost, it is an unnatural perversion. Clearly, human beings were designed/intended to mate with other human beings, (a man and a woman for that matter) not animals. In the creation account, none of the animals were “suitable” for Adam (Genesis 2:20). Second, bestiality represents the ultimate of sexual deviancy. The fact that the animal was to be put to death (Leviticus 20:15-16), despite the fact that it would be “innocent,” indicates how wickedly perverse bestiality is. Third, and perhaps most importantly, bestiality essentially denies the uniqueness of humanity which God created in His image (Genesis 1:27). Bestiality lowers humanity to nothing more than an animal, a beast which is unable to distinguish right from wrong, natural from unnatural, love from lust.I mean seriously, like other sexual immoralities like homosexuality, bisexuality, etc. is not even about love, its lust. And such act will land one to Hell.
Should humans marry animals? Heck. no. God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. And He most certainly did not create marriage between a human being an an animal.
Unfortunately, there have been recent reports that a woman actually married her pet dog. Gross.
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A immoral act that is a trigger to arranged marriage. Again, humans are not Matchmakers. The worst thing about that is that some parents get their daughters out of school to marry men twice or three times their age. I don't know of you but...no child should ever have to go through that.
As C.S. Lewis would say “The monstrosity of sexual intercourse outside marriage is that those who indulge in it are trying to isolate one kind of union (the sexual) from all the other kinds of union which were intended to go along with it and make up the total union.”
This act is just wrong before God for crying out loud, and the Bible never once supported such thing. And yet, here we are making the lousy excuse "Love is love". tsk "Love is love" my foot! For goodness sake, its only God that defines marriage, not man. He didn't created it between two men or two women, or a human being and a animal or a man and a child, solely between one man and one woman.
The worst part about that is that it even triggers pedophilia, and pedophilia is a sin, its perversion (Ephesians 4:19
"Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven
." (Matthew 18:10
I mean, children are blessing from God and the heart of marriage, they are not objects to use used and dumped and ridiculed!
For goodness sake, let kids be kids!What marriage is
When you hear the word marriage, its earliest use of that very English word dates back to the 13th century. However, it's more valuable than we can ever think. Having said so, there is more to marriage than just "love and romance". Unfortunately, many seem to deny that.
Who created marriage in the first place? God did. In the book of Genesis, highlights God's plan for marriage as it says:
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth." ~ Genesis 1:27-28
First of all, marriage, is not something that just happened recently in the century we live in. In fact the first marriage took place right in the beginning, when Adam and Eve are joined together as husband and wife (Genesis 3:21-24
After he created Adam and all the animals, God said “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” . So He put Adam to sleep, “and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.” (Genesis 2:21,22
When a man and a woman get married they commit themselves to spending their lives in a new relationship. It is a partnership of love, made richer and deeper through sex. Like many people, Christians regard it as the best context for nurturing children. It is also seen as the best (many Christians would say the only) setting for sex.
In any marriage ceremony the bride and groom must confirm that they want to marry each other, and after the opportunity has been given publicly for anyone present to prevent the marriage if there is a legal reason, the couple join hands and make promises. They exchange rings, which are worn as a reminder of these promises for the duration of their married life.
Marriage is more than a man a woman joined together, it is a beautiful gift from God, a marital devotion solely between one man and one woman as God created it to be. And to add to it, marriage is meant to be for life, and not some cheap contract for people to use and dump. Jesus gave a solid warning concerning divorce, when He said, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.
" (Mark 10:11-12
). Simple as that. Having said this, in marriage there should be room for reconciliation, else how can that marriage even stand? "And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife."
~ 1 Corinthians 7:10-11
There are aspects that can either build or crumble down a marriage: fcu777.deviantart.com/journal/…A spiritual aspect on marriage
Now, if you look at the issue in a spiritual aspect, it actually reflects our relationship between us the Church, the children of God for that matter and our Savior Jesus Christ who is the head of the Church, the body of Christ to be precise. The earthly marriage has this high symbolism that most of us unfortunately are not even aware of or chose to overlook
If you look at Isaiah 54:5
where it says "For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called
." And also the Bible says that the husband is the head of the wife "even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior
." And that as wives submit to their husbands, so do we as Christians submit ourselves to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His will (Ephesians 5:23,24,32
This is something we as Christians really need to keep in mind.The issue of purity & finding the right husband/wife
Okay, even though people may think that it is outdated, purity is still essential. Many teen girls nowadays (especially those involved in premarital relationships) say “To get a husband, you need to get a boyfriend”.
Now that’s not really true. It's a lie. A blotted lie of the devil.
You don’t need to have a boyfriend/girlfriend to get a future husband for goodness sake! That’s one of the so-called easy routes that many teens unfortunately decided to take, without even minding the social and spiritual consequences attached to it, nor even thinking that purity is ESSENTIAL before entering into marriage!
We live in an age where purity is been scoffed by the world, which sparks promotion of lust and immorality. Many people think it is “being old school” or “old-fashioned”. Well, think again! Purity before marriage is very essential before marriage, even in this 21st century!
As Christians we have to be very watchful, because they are those who may look good but inwardly they are wolves. Having said this, the Bible says that looks deceive (which can be found in the book of Proverbs) and also says that "Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband
." (1 Corinthians 7:2
), because there are some who claim to be Christians but inwardly, they are wolves in sheep's clothing. And Jesus said that not everyone that calls "Lord Lord" will enter the kingdom of God. I mean, what in the world is the need for committing immorality just to get the right husband/wife, when God is the Real Matchmaker and His time is the best?
I mean, why in the world is the need for committing immorality just to get the right husband/wife, when God is the Real Matchmaker and His time is the best? For goodness sake, the Bible clearly says that the body is a Temple of the Holy Spirit, not some show wardrobe for everybody to come and mess about with! Geez man! I mean, the whole boyfriend-and-girlfriend thing is not only getting annoying, its so overrated. Urgh..
Having said that, I will rather wait on God for the right husband to come my way, than to sell my body to some stranger out of impatience all in the name of getting a husband. I had people in my school asking me if I had a boyfriend or want one, I refused. Some boys even attempted to kiss me, I had to get them away from me (sometimes even by slaps, mind you, cos I don't like them trying to touch me anyhow. I won't tolerate that.), I had pressure me to commit premarital sex all in the name of "fun". I refused. Its not even fun.
In fact, now I mentioned this, as Christians we must resist temptation at all costs, we're not fighting a physical battle here, but a spiritual one. I mean, Jesus didn't give in to the temptations of the devil, so why should we? In this world, people will be often so drawn to these sinful activities like premarital sex with their boyfriend/girlfriend when the enemy tries to convince them that its harmless and fun, when really, it's not harmless AT ALL
, it rather creates an open door to the devil. Jesus saw through Satan's deception, and resisted the temptations by speaking God's Word, causing him to leave Him. And consider what King David said in Psalms 119:11
, "Thy Word have I hidden in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee
The best time to have kids is when you're married. Simples. Why can't people understand that sex is solely meant for marriage? Even the Bible says that "Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge
." (Hebrews 13:4
Impatience is among the things that causes one to pick the wrong man/woman, and end up back to square one. It is very unfortunate that many people try to do it by themselves by getting involved in a one night stand, getting a boyfriend/girlfriend, logging in to a dating site, etc. It never ends well. At all. Avoiding immorality and lust may not be easy, but it is never impossible and it’s definitely worth it.
If a man/woman proposes to you, or what, just hold the breaks for a sec and ask yourself "Is he/she the right man/woman for me?". Pray to God about it. If God says yes, go ahead and marry him/her, but if He says otherwise, then wait. The Bible says "For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry
." (Habakkuk 2:3
). God's time is always the best.I'm sure you Christian fellas out there want to get married to a God-fearing woman someday, and I'm sure you Christian ladies want to get married to a real God-fearing man.I mean, I'm a girl myself and I do want to get married someday, not just to some random man, but a genuine God-fearing man who truly serves the Lord in Spirit and in Truth and puts it into practice. I don't give a rats about his financial status, race or social status, as long as the man has the Godly qualities in Him.
And I do hope God will one day bring you the right man/woman, if you simply obey Him (not just that that time, but like everyday), and leave the matter into His hands.Engagement
Its very common that before a man and woman are married, they are first engaged to be married. No doubt about it. But here is the thing: even while you're engaged, purity still matters. I mean, just because you're engaged doesn't mean that its okay to live together before marriage. Never works that way. Its wrong.
I mean, think about Joseph and Mary: they were engaged themselves, but they didn't touch each other, they didn't live together before marriage, they didn't do anything foolish, they reserved themselves until they are married. That's what a proper engagement is, but today, the world just messed that up.
And also, the Bible tells us that we should not be unequally yoked with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14-15
). Because if a Christian teams up with an unbeliever, he/she will very likely be pulled away from Christ, because "evil communications corrupt good manners
." (1 Corinthians 15:33
).In ConclusionMarriage is a very beautiful union that God has created. In fact, the government did NOT create marriage, God did. Marriage is more than just about love and romance between two people, it is a holy marital devotion between a man and a woman, the way God designed it.
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