Marriage Is What Makes Humanity Special

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   5/21/2014

Where does the value of human life come from?  Why is human life more valuable than animal life?  What makes humanity special?   

These are important questions to find answers to. 

If we believe that human life came from nothing, than the value of life is nothing.  If we believe that human life was created by God, than the value of life comes from God.  

Let’s look at the account of what God said when He created us:  

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”  – Genesis 1:26-27

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” – Genesis 2:24 

God created humans different from all other animals and the difference was that we were created in the image of God defined by the unique union of one male and one female.  

This is the creation history.  This is where the value of humanity comes from.  The value of humanity comes from the way we were created, in the likeness of God, as a person with a moral conscious and a free will, designed to live in the union of male and female. 

Created To Marry

Humans were uniquely created to marry.  

When we redefine what marriage is in our laws we are rejecting our uniqueness that we were created with, and with it the value of humanity given to us by God.  Scriptures tell us that God is three persons in one.  Marriage is two persons united as one.   This definition of marriage in Gen 2:24 is referenced all over scripture and in many times used to describe the relationship God has with his church, as the church is called the ‘bride of Christ’ – Ephesians 5:25.  These passages make it clear that marriage is not primarily about sex, but about the unique relationships we were created to be in.  Humanity was created with a unique ability to form lifelong and eternal committed relationships.

Marriage represents the very image of God.  Rejecting marriage is rejecting the union of lifelong committed relationships.  Without marriage we are no different than the other animals.  God created humans to live in lifetime committed relationships.  We are at our best when we are married.  If you are not married think about this. 

Since marriage represents the image of God, when we attempt to redefine marriage we are actually attempting to redefine the image of God.  We are imagining God to be something that He is not and we are imagining that we are something that we are not.  We are pretending that God is not who he said he is and we are not who God said we are.  We are pretending that we are not humans.  

Trying to change marriage into something that it is not causes us to believe in false assumptions, which has devastating consequences.  If humans didn't come from God, created in his image, designed to live in marriage relationships – than how can we have an eternal relationship with God? 

Either we believe we were created special by God in His image, with the ability to from lifelong relationships or we don’t.  Either we were created to have a personal relationship with God and each other, or we were not.  Rejecting marriage is rejecting our ability to have a relationship with God – which is the cornerstone of Christianity. Rejecting marriage is rejecting our relationship with God - as noted in 1 Thessalonians 4:8.

Once we believe we can change marriage, we are believing that humanity has no unique value and with no unique value there is no way to put any restraints on how society should judge how anyone should live.  Anything goes and we become a lawless (sinful) society.

"Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom's instruction." - Proverbs 29:18

Without restraint, it is only a short time before those that have no restraint gain positions of power and commit unimaginable evil against their own people - as history has repeated many times.

This is why marriage is critical for every society and nation.   

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