Saturday, November 17, 2012

Quick Thought: Christ on Marriage

I remember Steve Ray saying when he came to my neck of the woods (Perth, Western Australia) in 2010, that when you begin to read the Bible with "Catholic eyes" things begin to jump out at you. What do I mean by that? I mean that things that weren't apparent during the first or second reading (or however many) become apparent in successive readings.

For me recently it was a "Oh wow!" moment when I was reading Christ's teaching on divorce and marriage in Matthew 19:4-6 (after being asked by the Pharisees if divorce is lawful under any circumstances), but the passage goes a whole lot more deeper than dealing with the issue of divorce. First, the passage:

"He answered, 'Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, `For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.'" - Matthew 19:4-6

In summary:

- God made "them" (i.e. us) male and female;
- male and females were made for each other;
- man and woman were made to fulfil and complement each other;
- when man and woman are joined they are no longer two but "one"; and
- this union between one man and one woman was ordained by God

We all know that, we all understand that, and we all believe that, but it's verse 6 that jumped out at me for reasons apart from the issue of divorce.

When Christ said, "What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder" (asunder = to divide; to undo; in pieces), he meant more than what he was actually saying at that given time; there is a much deeper reading to this verse of scripture alone. Ponder this in light of that statement: No man, no governance or principality has the right or the authority to tamper with marriage; to change it nor to redefine it. "What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder". This comes from Christ of whom all authority in Heaven has been given to (Matthew 28:18), so in other words: it's serious business!

This is one rationale we can't expect those in favour of same-sex "marriage" to understand or those who subscribe to a secular/post-modern world view, but at the very least we can hope they can respect it. But hey, I'm biased due to my religious beliefs and my respect for Natural Law and Divine Law, so here's something you can chew on if you're not of any religious persuasion:


"Let marriage be honoured among all and the marriage bed be kept undefiled, for God will judge the immoral and adulterers." - Hebrews 13:4


1 comment:

  1. Thank you Stephen.
    I think it is also worth noting the following Scripture passage:
    37 And as in the days of Noe, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
    38 For, as in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, even till that day in which Noe entered into the ark: (DRV)"
    This shows that (real) marriage will last even till the end of time.


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