Marriage is a contractual bond ordained by God in affirmation of man's need for woman (Genesis 2:18) in which a man and a woman come together in a relationship which knits them together as one flesh (Genesis 2:24). The unique differences between man and woman are part of what it means to be made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Despite the fact that procreation is not the singular goal of marriage, it is also expected to fulfill the commandment to have children, intended by God as a blessing (Genesis 1:28).


  • Is Same-sex Marriage About Equality?, by Greg Koukl - Is marriage something in particular or is it whatever you want it to be? Does it have a natural teleology?
  • (Cultivating a Healthy Marriage]( (MP3), by Timothy and Kathy Keller


  • "He who finds a wife finds a good thing..." (Proverbs 18:22)
  • "Let marriage be held in honor among all..." (Hebrews 13:4)


The marriage relationship was intended to be:

  • Permanent – divorce is always a result of sin (Deut 24:1-4; Mal 2:14; Luke 16:18; 1 Cor 7:1-16, 39)
  • Partnership – the husband and wife speak with one voice (Genesis 2:20; Proverbs 1:8-9; 6:20-21; 10:1; 15:20, 19:26, 20:20, 23:22,25)
  • Personal - "...the companion of her youth..." uses the Hebrew word for intimate friend (Proverbs 2:16-17; cf 16:28)
  • Passionate - " intoxicated always in her love." (Proverbs 5:18-19)
  • Profit - " of her husband"; "...a good thing" (Proverbs 12:4; 18:22; 19:14)

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