The Bible and marriage

A friend asks: “What does the Bible say about marriage?” The friend continues, wondering especially about what is called homosexual “marriage.”

In answering this question, let us look let us look at creation. In Genesis Chapter One is recorded the first marriage. Then we’ll look at what God says about so-called “marriage” of two persons of the same sex.

Genesis 1:27-28 reads: “And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him. Male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth,…” Notice God’s command: “Be fruitful, and multiply” Can two men or two women be fruitful and multiply? Procreation is not possible.

In Genesis Chapter 2, we not only have added information on the creation of man and woman, but we have the first wedding. Genesis 2:18-24 says: “And the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helpmate for him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he (God) took one of Adam’s ribs, and closed up the flesh thereof. And from the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, he made a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, ‘This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh. She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.’ Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

Notice in creation, God created one man and one woman. This makes for the most intimate fellowship and the greatest of meeting each other’s needs. Notice also that God instituted the first marriage: it was one man and one woman. God told them to multiply and replenish the earth. It takes a man and a woman to fulfill God’s command.

In Leviticus, God gives instruction for family living and worship. Leviticus 18:22 says: “You shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind; it is abomination.”

Again in Leviticus 20:13 God says: “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.”

God’s attitude did not change when it come to the New Testament. In Romans 1:26-27 we read: “their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature. And likewise also the men leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another: men with men working that which is shameful and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”

Remember, to ignore what God says is to mock God. And God will not be mocked. Let us not forget that God loves the entire human race. Does He wink at sin? No. He made it possible for humankind to turn from sin and be saved from it.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

If you have a Bible question write to Pastor Lenard Huebscher, 12721 75th Street North, Stillwater MN 55082. 651-430-3132.