The Missing Dimension
make you one with your wie? In body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children rom your union” (Malachi 2:15, New Living Translation).
he joy o a happy marriage blessed with loving, respectulchildren who easily transition rom childhood into responsibleadults is a dream o most men and women. Found in almostevery nation and culture, this desire seems to be hard-wiredinto our minds and genetic makeup.Traditionally, marriage hasbeen an exclusive bond betweena man and a woman that includesthat most intimate o acts, thesexual union.Yet in recent years this pat-tern has been changing. Some arechoosing to have children apartrom marriage and others areopting or same-sex relationships.Nevertheless, it seems everyonewants the joy and blessings o amily.Even many o those who deviaterom tradition still want their rela-tionships to be called “marriages”and their social units “amilies.” Homosexual couples, unable to repro-duce, struggle to adopt children or make other arrangements so they, too,can have progeny.Isn’t it ironic that the social experimenters want the terminology andruits o traditional marriage but don’t want to ollow the traditionalrecipe? Why is it that we human beings are so attracted to the terms
Looking at the state o marriage today leaves no doubt that the
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Did God have anything to do with the institution o marriageand, i so, did He give us any instructions?
make you one with your wie? In body and spirit youare his. And what does he want? Godly children rom your union.”
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to becomechildren o God . . .”
“Thereore a man shall leave his ather and mother and be joinedto his wie, and they shall become one esh.”
“He who fnds a wie fnds a good thing, and obtains avor romthe Lord.”
“Let each one o you in particular so love his own wie as himsel,and let the wie see that she respects her husband.”
“Behold, children are a git o the Lord; the ruit o the womb is areward.”
“And these words which I command to you today shall be in yourheart. You shall teach them diligently to your children . . .”
“The marriage o the Lamb has come, and His wie has madehersel ready.”