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Christ Is Our Life in the Family (18 of 18)
INTRODUCTION: In Gen. 1:27 we are introduced to gender: masculine and feminine. Genesis 1:27, "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."
According to the Bible, God's intention for human sexual relationship is limited to heterosexual union between man and woman in marriage.
History, nature, social science, anthropology, religion, and theology all unite in vigorous support of marriage as it has always been understood: a life-long union of male and female for the purpose of creating stable families.
Gen. 1:28, "Then God blessed them, and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply...'"
In Gen. 2:18, 21-24 we read:
Genesis 2:18, "And the LORD God said, 'It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.'"
Genesis 2:21-24, "And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.
Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. 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 a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh."
Woman was made by God to meet man's deficiency. In v.24 the marital relationship was established as the first human institution. Therefore, permanent monogamy was and continues to be God's design and law for marriage.
While marriage has intrinsic value of its own, a primary purpose of marriage is procreation. Marriage is the natural and best means for the propagation of the human race.
PROBLEM: Sin has warped our perspective on healthy sexuality. There are many distortions in sexuality because of the effects of sin.
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