Friday, November 23, 2012

What He Did Say

Advocates of same-sex marriages have said Jesus did not address the issue.  Let’s take a look at what Jesus did say about marriage:

And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. (Matthew 19:4-8 KJV)
    1. God made male and female. It was the pattern.
    2. A man leaves his father and his mother, his family, to create a new family with his wife.
    3. The husband and the wife are joined as one flesh.
    4. God approves of their joining - blesses it, if you will.
    5. Divorce was not part of God’s plan.
Many professing Christians obviously do not believe the Bible applies to their lives, or they would be advocating God’s plan.

So – let’s say a person is past certain points in life and mistakes have already been made. The soul mate God provided was traded for someone not interested in souls or God. What sounded good turned out to be wrong. Children are being raised without both parents in the same household, separated loyalties, divided times. That can’t be changed, but it can be forgiven – by God and ones self.

The disciples found the concept hard to live with, too:

His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. (Matthew 19:10 KJV)

Jesus knew some could not live with His answer:

But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it. (Matthew 19:11-12 KJV)

Eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake? Celibacy rather than sin? Giving up personal pleasure in exchange for their soul, and perhaps other souls? Looking to God to lead us not into temptation, or rationalizing that we were created for the pleasures laid before us.

Again, let us look at what He did say, just a few verses later, another example of giving up our greatest desires:

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26 KJV)

God’s possibilities, or our selfish limitations? Just consider what He did say.

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