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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

On Your Mark by Dr. George O. Wood


God's Design for Marriage

“But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” (Mark 10:6-9, NIV)

When nations, cultures, organizations or churches begin to decline, it’s often because of mission creep. Slowly, they get away from their original mission. Those who come many years after the founding can forget or ignore the reason why their entity was begun.

Jesus was there at the beginning of creation. Therefore, He knows God’s plan for marriage and sexuality. God himself created male and female as sexual persons, making them anatomically different while also amazingly similar.

If He had made two males and no females, or two women and no men, then the human race would have been extinct in one generation. Clearly, in creation, God made the first two humans heterosexual. Nothing in God’s intention for man and woman has changed since the day Adam and Eve took their first breath.

There is a culture war raging in the Western world to accept gay marriage. As Christians, we stand in opposition to this redefinition of marriage — not because we are narrow-minded or bigoted, but because we know what God intended when He made male and female and gave them to one another in marriage.

Furthermore, God intended the union of a man and woman to be lifelong. Jesus designed each marriage to be a re-enactment of creation — that once the husband and wife come together in marriage no other options exist. They are now “Adam and Eve” and there is no third party. In fact, they are “no longer two, but one.”

The couple is to establish a new unit, separate also from in-laws. The “man will leave his father and mother.” God allows the opportunity for a new identity to emerge, separate from identity with parents. There would be no mother-in-law or father-in-law problems if all understood this. The newly married must establish their own life, cutting the cords of dependence and control from their parents. This does not mean that warmth and social relationships are severed; it does mean that interference from parents should not occur.

In responding to the Pharisees’ question on divorce, Jesus clearly returns to God’s original intention in creation: One man plus one woman equals marriage. No other alternatives exist because there are no other people. When they become one they are as inseparably bound to each other as the hand is to the arm. Just as the body is one, the couple is one. God did not make parts of our body detachable, nor did He make marriage detachable either.

It’s a rather radical view — totally opposite of contemporary culture that espouses living together or the severability of the marriage covenant.

Perhaps if people went into marriage with the commitment that marriage, once entered, does not have an “opt out,” they would be more careful in the first place.

The marriage between a man and a woman is not only their choice; it is God’s. He designed male and female to be joined together as one.

A prayer of response
Lord Jesus, help me again today to reflect on Your original intention for everything about my life. It’s so easy to get off course and start down a path that leads me far from what You want. You created me. Help me to be all You want me to be.

GEORGE O. WOOD is general superintendent of the Assemblies of God.

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