“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 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 not man put asunder.” (Matthew 19:4-6)
A lot of seemingly intelligent people are discussing and arguing over what constitutes marriage. I am only interested in ONE opinion. In the grand tradition of “What Would Jesus Do?” What does Jesus say about marriage? There you go. Simple, direct, and to the point of the current discussion. God made a male (a man) and a female (a woman) and said that they will leave their own father (a man) and mother (a woman,) we know that they were an actual man and a woman, by the way, due to the biological necessity that the man and woman are necessary to bring forth a child. So, a man shall leave his mother and father, and a woman shall leave her mother and father, and the man, and the woman, will be joined in marriage.
So, according to Jesus Himself, marriage is between a biological man and a biological woman. If we study the Greek here we see something VERY interesting. The word “male” in verse 4 is the Greek word “arrhen” translated “a human male,” and the word “woman” in verse 4 is the Greek word “thelus” translated a “human female.” Amazingly, the Greek word study confirms that Jesus was specifically speaking of a biological male and a biological female! Shock! I know that the liberal, progressive media will groan over this, but there is no way to spiritualize out of it. Jesus intended that a man marry a woman, and a woman marry a man! I am sure this comes as an amazing revelation to some folks, but it is true. Does this make Jesus intolerant? Does it make Him a homophobe? Does it make Him evil? Ah, no.
Jesus is not evil because He defined marriage as being between a man and a woman, and neither am I. I simply believe the Bible is the Word of God. I simply believe that God is right, and Jesus is right. So, when the Bible, in the New Testament, by the way says:
“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;” (Romans 1:22-28)
So, if the Bible says that a woman burning in lust for a woman, and a man burning in lust for a man is “leaving the natural use” and that it “is unseemly” then I believe that it is simply that way. Oh, and in case the King James may be a bit difficult for some, let’s see it from the Amplified Bible:
“Claiming to be wise, they became fools [professing to be smart, they made simpletons of themselves].
And by them the glory and majesty and excellence of the immortal God were exchanged for and represented by images, resembling mortal man and birds and beasts and reptiles.
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their [own] hearts to sexual impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves [abandoning them to the degrading power of sin],
Because they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, Who is blessed forever! Amen (so be it). [Jer. 2:11.]
For this reason God gave them over and abandoned them to vile affections and degrading passions. For their women exchanged their natural function for an unnatural and abnormal one,
And the men also turned from natural relations with women and were set ablaze (burning out, consumed) with lust for one another–men committing shameful acts with men and suffering in their own bodies and personalities the inevitable consequences and penalty of their wrong-doing and going astray, which was [their] fitting retribution.
And so, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God or approve of Him or consider Him worth the knowing, God gave them over to a base and condemned mind to do things not proper or decent but loathsome,” (Romans 1:22-28, Amplified Bible)
So what do YOU believe about marriage? Can you back it up with the Bible? I simply choose to side with the Word of God.