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Jonathan Winkelman, pastor at Grace Church of Lockeford

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Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013 12:00 am

In the current debate, the issue lies with the definition of marriage. However, in some respects, seeking to define marriage puts the cart before the horse.

In any discussion of marriage, I believe the starting place must be an understanding of what marriage is. If we do not understand what marriage is, how can we have any hope of defining it? Definition can only truly be attempted where there is understanding. With that in mind, we will attempt to briefly understand what marriage is.

Here we have to pause for a moment. In order to fully understand the explanation I am about to put forward, you need to know the worldview from which I am presenting it.

I am a pastor who believes in the complete authority and reliability of God's Word, the Bible. I believe that within the pages of this ancient yet culturally and socially relevant book, we find the answers to all of life's questions. Holding that belief, let's take our earlier question and put it to the biblical test.

In seeking to know what marriage is, we must know its origin. Genesis, the first book of the Bible, records for us God's creation of all things. This creation included man and woman. With the creation of man and woman, God created the first marriage. As the creator, designer and source of marriage, I believe that God has the responsibility and privilege of defining what marriage is. He does so very clearly.

Genesis 2:21-24 says, "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."

These verses not only deal with origin, but definition as well. Marriage is a one-flesh experience. This idea encompasses physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological unity. Man and woman alone complement one another in all of these areas. Nowhere in the Bible is this description of marriage contradicted.

When the Apostle Paul gives directions about marriage in 1 Corinthians 7 and Ephesians 5, he still speaks of a man and woman. More importantly, Jesus Himself supports this definition in Mark 10:6-9.

We see then that God, the creator of marriage, defines it as being between one man and one woman. This has been the normal social and cultural belief ever since. Marriage, then, belongs to God and is defined by Him. Since marriage is not a man-made institution, it is therefore not ours to define. God says marriage is one man and one woman. That settles it for me.

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4 comments:

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 5:36 pm on Sun, Apr 14, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    I'm guessing that Mr. DockTER believes in the Bible verse then , the rapist shall marry his victim and pay her father a paltry sum for the privilege?

    I'm also guessing that Mr. Bird, who seems well versed in the Bible, is not necessarily an atheist, but more likely is well educated on the absurdities of said volume of myths.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 12:14 pm on Sun, Apr 14, 2013.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2839

    L. Christopher Bird stated:


    Or you know, maybe we can accept the radical notion that a creation story written 2700 years ago does not have any authority by how people should define marriage in the 21st century.

    -Sounds a lot like our fellow Atheists who have the philosophy that to believe in nothing means to believe in anything.

     
  • L. Christopher Bird posted at 11:29 pm on Sat, Apr 13, 2013.

    ZenMondo Posts: 4

    Like Jonathan Winkelman, I have an interest in what the bible says on many topics, including marriage. But unlike Mr. Winkleman, I do not think that definitions or morality that were espoused in the bronze age are necessarily relevant to how we live our lives in the 21st Century.

    Mr Winkleman states, "I am a pastor who believes in the complete authority and reliability of God's Word, the Bible. I believe that within the pages of this ancient yet culturally and socially relevant book, we find the answers to all of life's questions." and by implication is in favor of placing the force of secular law that aligns with his biblical views. I would be very interested if he thinks that the definition of marriage given in Deuteronomy 22:28-29 and should be practiced today. Perhaps you are not familiar with the passage, let me quote it for you.

    "If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay her father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives. "

    Since Mr. Winkleman asserts, "Marriage, then, belongs to God and is defined by Him. Since marriage is not a man-made institution, it is therefore not ours to define." It is my understanding that if he had a virgin daughter who was brutally raped, he would, since "God's word settles it" he would insist that this woman of an assault would marry her rapist, never to be divorced and profit from the encounter by the amount of anywhere between $291 to $581 depending on the value of silver. As an authority in his church, I suppose this is the biblical counseling of marriage he would have for any parishioners who were the victims of rape.

    Or you know, maybe we can accept the radical notion that a creation story written 2700 years ago does not have any authority by how people should define marriage in the 21st century.

     
  • David Diskin posted at 9:16 am on Sat, Apr 13, 2013.

    David Diskin Posts: 184

    If marriage belongs to the church, then why does the state get all mixed up in it?

    Are you suggesting that we eliminate the tax benefits that are associated with marriage?

     

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