The Creation of Marriage #1
If we can agree that God exists and that He created everything, we can agree that He created marriage. Certainly the Bible declares the creation of marriage in Genesis 1 and 2. If God does not exist and if He did not create marriage then marriage can be defined anyway we choose. Either there is a specific design that marriage must follow to fulfill the plan of the Designer or it is up for grabs. If there is no God, what standard do we use for marriage counseling and marriage understanding? If God does exist, it stands to reason that He is smarter than us, more powerful than us and is perfect in every way. The Word of God is perfect or it really has no value whatsoever. There is no in-between.
Think of it this way, if General Motors created all Cadillacs, they probably know best how that vehicle should work. Why try to reinvent a model that has been refined every year since its introduction in 1902? Of course, Cadillac is not perfect but it sure is much better than it was in the beginning. Cadillac owners respect GM and trust GM. Now, it might be tempting to think of marriage that way. We are improving marriage every year since it began right? Well that cannot be true because God is perfect and you cannot improve on perfection. The belief that we can improve the institution of marriage is saying that there were imperfections in the beginning and man can add to God’s creation. That makes marriage a social, political, cultural creation not a divine creation. That places human beings in a position to improve what God started. Many are not even willing to do that since they think that God does not even exist.
Pride believes that man is above God, equal to God or replaces God. Humility places God above all and submits to the Word of God. Here are two verses that help us see the different perspectives:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.
There is a way that seems right to a man but in the end is death.
In the articles to follow, we will look to our Maker for direction from the Bible to understand why Marriage Matters. We will seek to honor God by obeying Him as we consider how we should treat one another.
An illustration is the triangle. God is at the top with husband and wife at the bottom. As both move closer to God, they move closer to one another. God provides the power to lift our marriages to a level that otherwise would be virtually impossible to reach. That power is through His Holy Spirit, the Bible and the example of Jesus Christ. Just as a plug placed in an electrical socket can illuminate an otherwise dead appliance, anyone who trusts and obeys God can access supernatural power. Without God, we are on our own, able to do only what is natural, remaining in darkness. But for those who believe in God, just like the Cadillac owner, we will respect and trust God, the manufacturer of marriage.
God wrote the Owner’s Manual.