What is marriage?

I keep looking throughout Christian religious history, and I ask myself “What is marriage?”

  • Is it a picture of the one body of Christ?
  • Is it a life long relationship commitment?
  • Is it solely for the purpose of child rearing?
I must answer these questions before I decide whether the Christian church should recognize same sex marriages?
If marriage is a picture of the one body of Christ, can a same sex relationship reflect the one body of Christ?  If it is only a life long relationship commitment, the gender seems not to matter.  If it is for the purpose of child rearing, then even a heterosexual marriage without child rearing would not be Christian.
I realize the problem with Christianity isn’t whether we sanctify same sex relationships, the problem is as Christians we have forgotten the purpose of marriage.  I too seem not to know the Christian purpose of marriage.
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2 Responses to What is marriage?

  1. Steve Newell says:

    If marriage is to be a reflection of Christ and the Church, then there is a gender role. Christ is the bride-groom while the Church is the bride of Christ. Bride-groom is a male role while the bride is the female role.

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  2. Allen Krell says:

    Thanks, Steve. I have realized Christians have forgotten why we have marriage (from a Christian point of view). One is for sanctification, the other to be a reflection of Christ and the church.

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