Marriage and Family:
The Missing Dimension
make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children from your union” (Malachi 2:15, New Living Translation).
he joy of a happy marriage blessed with loving, respectful children who easily transition from childhood into responsible adults is a dream of most men and women. Found in almost every nation and culture, this desire seems to be hard-wired into our minds and genetic makeup. Traditionally, marriage has been an exclusive bond between a man and a woman that includes that most intimate of acts, the sexual union. Yet in recent years this pat-tern has been changing. Some are choosing to have children apart from marriage and others are opting for same-sex relationships. Nevertheless, it seems everyone wants the joy and blessings of family. Even many of those who deviate from tradition still want their rela-tionships to be called “marriages” and their social units “families.” 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 and fruits of traditional marriage but don’t want to follow the traditional recipe? Why is it that we human beings are so attracted to the terms
Marriage: Will it survive?
Looking at the state of marriage today leaves no doubt that the
i S t o c k p h o t o
Did God have anything to do with the institution of marriage and, if so, did He give us any instructions?
make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children from your union.”
6 Marriage and Family: The Spiritual Signiﬁcance
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God . . .”
13 God’s Instruction Manual for Marriage
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one ﬂesh.”
24 Dating Dos and Don’ts
“He who ﬁnds a wife ﬁnds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord.”
42 Divorce-Proof Your Marriage
“Let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”
52 Our Children: Gifts of God in a Hostile Environment
“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward.”
61 Bringing Up a Moral Child
“And these words which I command to you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children . . .”
78 A Foretaste of Tomorrow
“The marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”