Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Biblical Marriage

Benjamites take women of Shiloh as wives.
Benjamites take women of Shiloh as wives. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Bible speaks of marriage.
Many believe that the Bible is the exact word of God and should not be interpreted. Yet many of those that say that, still interpret it.
For example, this passage:
Ephesians 5:23,24,32 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.

This does not jibe with accepting women as equals so this is taken at a slant. People define submit differently. They say this is God’s truth, but here submit means support. But the words are submit in everything. So if a man wants to have sex, the wife has no choice. For a long time, this was how it was taken. Now we know this is barbaric. So we look at it differently. I am simply saying that we do this for other passages.
The Bible talks of marriage. Of being fruitful and multiply and  in Mathew-
“At the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,'
5 and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh' ?
6 So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."

Jeremiah 29:6
"Take wives and become the fathers of sons and daughters, and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; and multiply there and do not decrease."

But to me it sounds like the Bible is talking to those men and women who marry. This is what you should do when you want to be with a member of the opposite sex forever. The Bible simply did not consider other people.  People that never marry for example. Some people are asexual and do not have sex with anyone. The Bible does not talk about them. In such a way, I think the Bible does not address same sex marriage. It does not prohibit it. It says a man will leave his father, it does not say he must.
The Bible did not talk about homosexuality, just as it did not consider the Internet, and technology. Unless you are Amish, you are already nto following the Bible as it was written.
Personally, I think the Bible was written by humans and is fallible. With Godly intent (perhaps), but it is to give guidance and cause discussion. I don’t believe it should be taken exactly literally. Neither do you unless you believe that women should submit. They should be servants and property to men as they were during ancient history. If you do believe this, then there is no hope for you.

In closing I ask you to consider this:
"Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. For we know it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer." (New Living Translation)

Just as I meditate on this message and take it to heart as I consider the Bible-thumpers, I want you to see gay people are part of God’s creation. This means they are good. 

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