In order to understand what the Bible says in support of marriage, we have to first understand that the God of the Bible was the creator of marriage. God designed marriage for a specific purpose, as outline in the book of Genesis.
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God made woman to be a “suitable helpmate” for the man (Gen 2:18). The English word ‘helpmate’ or ‘helper’ can be translated directly from the Hebrew text to mean, “One who helps, who supports or who completes.” In this case we can see that God saw that it was not good for man to be alone, so He created woman to be married to man to help, support and complete him. This is why Genesis 2:24 states: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (KJV)
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We know that therefore, divorce was never intended, but rather was an affront to the institution of marriage in much the same way that murder is an affront to life itself. One of the strongest indictments by God against divorce can be found in the book of Malachi. “For I hate divorce!” says the LORD, the God of Israel. “To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. “So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife.” (Mal 2:16 NLT)
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Unfortunately, since we are all born into a sinful world, God had to recognize that our acts of sin can separate us from His will for our lives and for marriage itself. When Jesus was asked by religious leaders when a man is permitted to divorce his wife, Jesus answered sternly, reminding them that marriage was created by God and that no man was to break the marital vow (Matt 19:4-6). They continued to press Jesus, asking him why, if that were true, were their earthly laws permitting divorce. Jesus responded: “Moses permitted divorce only as a concession to your hard hearts, but it was not what God had originally intended.” (Matt 19:8 NLT)
Perhaps no one in the Bible wrote and taught more about Godly marriage than the apostle Paul. In a letter to the Ephesians, Paul instructs wives and husbands on their relationship for one another. Specifically, the husband is to love his wife “as Christ loved the church” (Eph 5:25), meaning that a husband has to put his own desires aside and totally commit himself and sacrifice all that he is for the betterment of his wife. In this way, the husband “sanctifies” his wife, or makes her whole and complete, in a way that makes her holy and without fault.
In the same token, the wife is to submit to her husband, recognizing him as the head of the marriage, as Christ is the head of the church (Eph 5:22-24). The Greek word Paul used for “submit” in this passage is “hypotassō”, which means, “voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden”. So as the husband leads his wife through sacrifice, so should his wife follow him in a spirit of cooperation and responsibility. For more insights read our further comments on dating and premarital sex.
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