How God views Marriage

The first marriage:
And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him and help meet for him.  Genesis 2:18
And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.  Genesis 2:20

And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto 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 shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Genesis 2:21-25
     keynote:  Notice how God created Adam and Eve.  Not Adam and Bruce.

Jesus' words on 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 his 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 no man put asunder.  Matthew 19:4-6

Wise King Solomon on "Joys of man and woman in Marriage"
Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.  Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.  Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.  Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.  Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.  Proverbs 5:15-19   (Also read 'Song of Solomon' in the Bible)

Marriage Structure:
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleans it with the washing of water by the word, That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present himself a glorious church, not having a spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.  So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies.  He that loveth his wife loveth himself.  For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are  members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.  Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
Ephesians 5:22-33
keynote:  There is a distinct difference between the husband's leadership and domination. Marriage is a partnership with the husband honored as the lead.  Leadership and domination are not the same.  In fact, submitting to a husband's leadership and blind obedience is two different things.
Marriage is not a DICTATORSHIP!!!

Jeremy Brown's college essay on marriage:

Jeremy Brown
Over  the  years,  I’ve  had  the  privilege  to  pastor  and  get  to  know  an  elderly  couple  named  Anne  and  Willard  Stephenson.  They  are  two  of  the  sweetest  and  kindest  people  that  you  could  ever  know.  When  people  think  of  Willard  and  Anne,  they  think  of  unconditional  love  and  commitment.  In 1993,  Willard  had  a  massive  heart  attack,  became  very  ill,  bed  ridden  for  months,  and  was  unable  to  do  much  of  anything.  When  things  became  difficult  for  Anne  and  Willard,  they  didn’t  walk  away  from  their  commitment.  I  believe  Willard  was  nursed  to  health  not  only  by  medicine  but  by  unconditional  love.  Not  only  are  they  committed  to  each  other,  but everyone  they  befriend.  Comparing  this  relationship  to  the  marriage  of  the  90’s,  we  see  that  the  views  of  marriage  have  changed  over  the  past  50  years,  but  there  is  hope  for  this  lifelong  commitment.
In  Willard  and  Anne’s  gradeschool  days,  parents  didn’t  allow  children  to  date  until  they  were  sixteen  years  old  because  they  felt  that  at  that  age  their  children  were  mature  enough  to  handle  commitment.  For  instance,  Anne  and  Willard  didn’t  date  until  they  were  sixteen  and  now  they  have  an  ideal  relationship.  In  today’s  world,  parents  don’t  set  boundaries  of  protection,  such  as  maturity  requirements  for  relationships  for  their  children.  Today,  gradeschool  puppylove  is  like  little  married  couples  running  around.  People  are  allowed  to  date  at  too  early  an  age,  this  leads  to  a  desensitizing  of  a  commitment  to  relationships  whether  friend,  family,  romantic  partner,  etc.  Learning  to  walk  away  from  people  that  they  know  at  an  early  age (breaking  relationship)  may  be  one  of  the  underlying  causes  for  the  high  divorce  rate  of  today.
In  today’s  world,  we  hear  of  divorce  all  the  time.  Marriage,  once  considered  an  unconditional  lifelong  commitment,  has  been  desensitized  into  a  relationship  that  can  be walked  away  from  when  things  get  tough.  I  believe  that  couples  who  don’t  know  how  to  communicate  are  very  susceptible  to  divorce.  For  example,  I’ve  pastored  several  other  couples  and  those  who  can’t  communicate  generally  don’t  stay  together.  Parental  couples  who  divorce  tend  to  pass  the  trend  of  breaking  relationship  on  to  their  children.  Most  couples  whom  I have  pastored  who  can’t  communicate  have  parents  that  have  divorced.  To  detour  the  reader  from  that  seemingly  hopeless  scenario,  let  me  state  that  Godly  counsel  and  submission  to  an  adequate  pastor  can  remedy  those  conditions.  Parental  couples  who  stay  together  tend  to  pass  the  trend  of  unconditional  commitment  on  to  their  children.  Kids  whose  parents  are  good  communicators  usually  receive  those  attributes.  For  example,  a  young  man  that  I  used  to  pastor  named  Miles  has  always  been  the  type  who  talks  things  out  and  because  of  that  he  doesn’t  have  many  confrontations. 
If  people  would  simply  be  more  selective  when  choosing  a  mate  and  if  they  would  only  seek  for  compatibility  over  physical  atttributes.  Wow.  A  practical  remedy  for  impractical  relationships.  If  we  could  get  back  to  unconditional  commitment,  as  the  trend  was  fifty  years  ago,  then  the  views  and  the  state  of  marriage  will  change.  But  do  people  really  want  to  find  a  person  that  they  can  always  rely  on

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