What is Marriage? Why Can't it Be Redefined?

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Monday, February 17, 2014 0 comments

Last week I wrote on why marriage is between one man and one woman, based on what the Bible says in Genesis 2:24. In today’s society, many people are redefining this definition of marriage. The most prominent example is that of same sex marriage ­either two men, or two women ­ although there are other redefinitions in society, such as plural marriage. I will be focusing on the issue of same sex marriage in this post, not homosexuality itself; look for a blog post on that next month.

I have to admit I was surprised when I looked up the definition of the word marriage in the Merriam Webster dictionary. There are two definitions: one stating that it is between two people of the opposite sex, and the other saying it’s “the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage.” Evidently, this dictionary has gone along with society on this one; but it is interesting to note that it’s implied that a same sex marriage is considered not traditional.

So if society (and Merriam­-Webster) allow same sex marriage, why won’t the Bible redefine is as well? Part of the answer lies in the fact that it was written a few thousand years ago through God’s authority. God set the rules back in Genesis 2 (which was discussed last week), and God does not change, so His rules do not change either. What was a rule back then is still a rule today.

Look at the way that God created humankind, as male and female. Without getting too graphic here, think about what makes a male a male, and what makes a female a female ­ what kind of reproductive organs that person has. One of the key components of marriage is a sexual relationship. Biologically speaking, a male and a female’s parts fit together very naturally. Male parts don’t fit with males parts, and female parts don’t fit with female parts. God set this rule of marriage between a man and a women because it logically works; it makes sense biologically.

Yes, we are living in a different society today than in biblical times. But we are still living on the same earth, which was created by the same God who does not change. God instituted marriage shortly after creating the world, and His rules have not changed. We as human beings have the free will to be able to sin and go against God’s rules; that has always been the case, and that is why Adam and Eve were able to sin in the first place. God allows us to go against His rules ­ even the rule of marriage between one man and one woman ­ but just as Adam and Eve (and the rest of mankind) had to live with the consequences of their rebellion, so do we if we break God’s rules.

Biblically speaking, the only way marriage can be defined is between one man and one woman. We do have the free will to redefine it as something else, but that goes against God’s rule, and going against God’s rules is called sin. Any sin has consequences. If you redefine marriage, are you prepared to face the consequences that will have in your life?

 God’s warning to us in Hebrews 13:4 sums this up pretty well: “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”