What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Mark 10:9 ESV)
It seems as if regularly the institution of marriage comes under attack. Whether it’s the continual profaning of marriage in our entertainment culture, our divorce happy society, or the recent efforts of the homosexual community for the acceptance of same sex unions as valid marriages, there are no shortage of attempts by the world to either marginalize marriage or redefine it (which is marginalization by another name).
Why all this rage against traditional marriage? The only answer that coalesces all of the various attacks on marriage into one cohesive answer is that this is just one phase in the overall rebellion of sinful man against God and his kingdom. How this relates to marriage is that all of these seeming disparate attacks on marriage have one thing in common — they seek to redefine marriage from a covenant relationship established by God into a vehicle of personal fulfillment. You see, God had a purpose behind marriage — a good and holy purpose — that man, in his sinful and fallen state, has perverted into a selfish purpose.
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