When a couple decides to get married, they become one flesh according to God. Ephesians 5:31 says, “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.” God tells us that they should be committed to each other because one day they will be heirs together in Heaven. 1 Peter 3:7 says, “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”
Marriage is not only a joyous occasion but a lifetime commitment. It shouldn’t be taken lightly. In 1 Corinthians 13 we learn that love bears all things. Love suffers long and is kind, not easily provoked or puffed up. Love bears all things and endures all things. A man or woman who loves one another isn’t concerned about their own desires but the needs of each other. They might endure a great deal but they must forgive one another as Christ forgives us.
Marriage was first talked about in Genesis 2:24. “And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Notice how it says a man will leave his father and mother and cleave unto his wife. It doesn’t say a man with man or a woman with woman. There are many controversies taking place today regarding the sanctity of marriage. First lets define what sanctity means. It is defined as holiness, saintliness, or godliness. Therefore it is not defined as lust, ungodliness or a certain way of life. Never before in the Bible did God say that we were to adjust to the current world. God says he changes not (Malachi 3:6).
Hebrews 13:4 says, “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” So we know that it is more honorable to get married than to fornicate. God tells us in Matthew Chapter 15 that fornication defiles a man. Any sin man must fight against. It is not always easy and God allows some grace to us, but we must not continue in sin. Roman 6:1,2 says God forbids us to continue in sin.
In Leviticus 20:13, the Bible says that a man should not be with another man in the same way he is with a woman. “ If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” This clearly shows that it is an abomination. There is nowhere in the Bible that it says that a man marries another man.
God tells us that a woman should be under subjection to her husband; and a man should love his wife like Christ loves the church. Ephesians 5:24,25 says, “ Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.”
God tells his people in Jeremiah 29:6 to “ Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished.” He clearly says that a man is to be with a woman so that they can have children. Another scripture is in Genesis 1:28, God told male and female to be fruitful and multiple and replenish the earth (bear children).
A man or woman shouldn’t commit adultery for this is one of God’s ten commandments. Exodus 20:14, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” 1 Corinthians 7 talks about how a man and woman are bound under a law to each other. The wife is bound to her husband including in their personal relationship. They are not to defraud each other except for fasting and prayer. If one dies than they are freed from the law to remarry another. If they separate from each other, they are not to remarry. There is one exception, the Bible says if a man puts away his wife except for adultery causes her to commit adultery and if he remarries commits adultery himself (Matthew 19).
Ecclesiastes 9:9-Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.
Matthew 15:18,19- But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
Ephesians 5:23-For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Matthew 19:9-And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
Mark 10:12-And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8- Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.