Saturday, October 13, 2012

God's ONLY standard for marriage

2000 years ago, marriage was already in trouble. Adultery, abuse, divorce... A man could justify divorcing his wife over something as trite as one bad meal! (Not really that much different from today, was it?) But when Jesus came and started teaching, what did he say about marriage? Did he look at what a mess traditional marriage had become and say, "Well, you guys have made such a mess of marriage as it is and, well, God is love, and love is love is love, so there's no real reason for me to defend and limit marriage to one man and one woman, so just do whatever you think is right."? Of course not! Jesus still upheld God's standard -- God's ONLY standard -- for marriage despite the times and the failings of humans -- even the failings of those who followed him. He expects us to uphold the same standard despite our times and our failings. This is because we're not called by God to judge the applicability of His Word according to the circumstances of the world we currently live in. The applicability of God's Word is not dictated by the world. It stands apart from the world.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where do you see Jesus stating that marriage is between one man and one woman?

October 25, 2012 12:03 AM  
Blogger Jay McHue said...

Simple. Matthew 19:4-6/Mark 10:5-9.

October 25, 2012 12:52 AM  
Blogger jjnguy said...

What about the people who don't follow God's teachings? Why should they also be shackled by His rules and restrictions on marriage?

Also, in a government that is, according to the constitution, separate from religion should we use God's rules to govern? I don't think we can use the Holy Bible, or The Son's teachings, or the Word of God in our government. We need to share freedoms with our entire population in this great nation. We need to share the benefits that marriage offers with gay and lesbian couples and straight couples alike, citizens of the United States of America.

Our church can, and probably should still restrict marriage to one man and one woman, but our government is not bound by those rules. In fact, it is strictly free of any religious influence.

October 25, 2012 1:05 AM  
Blogger Jay McHue said...

What about citizens who don't follow American law? Why should they be shackled by the country's rules and restrictions?

The Bible is filled with accounts of people who chose to not follow God's law. Their personal beliefs and choice were utterly irrelevant -- they were still subject to God's law.

Like it or not, however you view the "separation of church and state," our laws are still firmly planted in God's law. Our laws did not arise from nothing like the fictional first life form that the purveyors of the fairy tale of evolution would have you believe. The Founding Fathers were not all "atheists and infidels" (as the popular myth of the godless goes) who utterly turned their back on God when establishing this nation and its laws. In fact, it is directly because of their belief in God and His sovereignty that they broke away from England. The whole "separation of church and state" has never been an official law. The phrase was lifted out of context from a letter by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists. Jefferson's sole intent of the use of the phrase was to calm the group's fears that a national religion would be established like it was in England. It never meant anything else.

Then there's this whole "our government is free from religious influence" nonsense. That's not even covered by the current false idea of "separation of church and state." What you are referring to is actually the separation of religion and society. Religion can and does have plenty of influence on the government, as does irreligion (e.g. the current concept of the "separation of church and state"). There's absolutely nothing in the Constitution that says otherwise.

October 25, 2012 1:56 AM  

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