The Origin of Marriage

W. Terry Varner
May 17, 2015

Marriage is a divine institution and not a human development. As a divine institution, marriage is under serious attack. Marriage dates from creation and specified as such by Jesus the Son of God. When Jesus was questioned by the Pharisees as how they could break the marriage covenant, Jesus replied, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female” (Matt. 19:4, emp. added). Some key words in this text says a lot more than some readers want to allow. “Read” implies a previous revelation and in this case Genesis 2:18-24. “He” is God (Gen. 2:18-24). “Made” means “to create” (Reinecker 56) giving both the origin of man and marriage. “Beginning” gives the origin of marriage as at the creation of man and woman. “Male and female” tells us that marriage originally ana actually is between a man and a woman or a male and a female. Consider the following to help us with understanding the meaning of marriage and sexuality.

The Affirmation of Marriage as Between Man and Woman. Civilization must make the decision whether we are machines or persons. If we are machines, then we will believe the Faustian myth in which Faust so dissatisfied with his life makes a pact with the devil and exchanges his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasure. The consequence is to claim, in our supposed unlimitedless power, the ability to reshape and redefine that human, personal relationship called marriage.

If on the other hand we are persons, then marriage is between a male, and a female who have meaning, purpose, and dignity, but with all of these there are limits set upon us in our various rules, which includes the divine state of marriage.

The Meaning of Marriage and Its Sexuality. The Judeo-Christian Scriptures as well as Jesus the divine Son of God states that marriage is between “a male and a female” (Gen. 2:18-24; Matt. 19:4-5). Both the Judeo and Christian Scriptures, as well as Jesus, states this is how God made marriage in the beginning and nowhere has He redefined the individuals involved in marriage.

God in creating and stipulating the persons involved in marriage removes any arbitrariness from it; i.e. God in stipulating marriage is between a male and a female removed man’s right to redefine the partners in marriage and its sexuality. The partners in a marriage covenant are not decided by chance, randomness, or the unpredictable. Divine marriage is between two bodies (male and female), two sexes (man and woman) and represents marriage as designed by God. God, and man is to honor God’s revelation, places both limits on the parties of a marriage and the sexuality within marriage. Marriage cannot be same-sex.

Marriage Is Designed for Propagating the Human Race. For some reproduction is impossible and for others they choose not to reproduce. Neither of these is the point here. The point is that we all share one thing in common. We did not spring into existence out of nothing, but all trace our origin back to a male and a female. When marriage is redefined as same-sex couples, then we remove the ability to recreate ourselves. Originally marriage was created by God to give man (Adam) a helpmate or another self. God did not supply Adam with another male but a female. Why? Because two males or two females cannot reproduce offspring which is one of many reasons for marriage. Therefore, God did not make man’s helper another male. Why? Because two males cannot reproduce nor supply what Adam was missing. Marriage is not designed for the depraved human desires of man; consequently, man, try as he may, cannot biblically redefine the divine marriage. Neither can the newly redefined state of marriage be right and pleasing with God.