God has established certain basic landmarks regarding spiritual things. These landmarks in the words of Solomon should not be removed (Pro. 22:28). One important area, in which God has established some definite landmarks, is in the area of marriage and the home.
First, God has made it clear that marriage is divine in origin. The home did not evolve into being after many years of trial and error; on the contrary, God established the home in the very beginning. Furthermore, Jesus emphasized this point by saying: “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Mat. 19:6). God is the witness to the marriage vows (Mal. 2:14).
Second, marriage is universal. It is clear that God intended for marriage to be universal because he established it in the beginning (Gen. 2). He wants people everywhere to enjoy the benefits of the home. Any idea that would make marriage a “church institution” conflicts with this basic truth.
Third, marriage is monogamic. It is God’s will that one man marry one woman. This is monogamy. Adam did not have several wives nor Eve several husbands. In the beginning we see God’s will revealed. In 1 Corinthians 7:3 this principle is emphasized again.
Fourth, marriage is for life. Since marriage is such a close and personal relationship and since children are involved in the marriage relationship, it is only logical, therefore, that God would make it a life-long commitment.
People should not enter this relationship without serious thought concerning the future. Many false views have been and are being taught regarding marriage. These basic landmarks should help us to evaluate these ideas and arrive at the truth regarding marriage.
By Kenneth Bray