By faith, we belief the Bible is God’s Word to us. It’s what He wants us to know about Him, about being in relationship with Him, about how God wants us to live, and about how God wants us to be in relationship with others, including our spouse. You may not share in our belief and if that’s the case, it’s okay. We invite you to consider what we have to share and decide for yourself whether it applies. But know that we are praying that God will touch your heart as you read these blog postings, so be prepared to be surprised!
All Scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and is provided that we might have hope. (Romans 15:4). For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12) So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)
God cares about marriages!
After all, God designed marriage. Without marriage (or at least sexual intercourse) between a man and a woman, there wouldn’t be more and more people to be in relationship with God, which is what he ultimately desires. (Okay, in today’s world, people can be created artificially, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. It’s not God’s original design for procreation. Plus, it’s more expensive than the natural way!)
God created man and woman to be together.
God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18) So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.” (Genesis 1:26-27)
God desires marriages to be lifelong.
But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Mark 10:6-9) A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. (1 Corinthians 7:39a)
God wants marriage to be monogamous.
Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. (1 Corinthians 7:1-2) Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. (Hebrews 13:4)
God has a lot more to say about marriage, but suffice it to say that He created it and He has specific ideas about what He wants it to be. When we follow God’s Word and apply it to our life and marriage, we are healthier and so is our marriage.
Note: Scriptures shown above are from the New International Version (NIV), with emphasis added by us.