Christian art that shows great pomp, pagentry and formality are usually the scenes shown as the standard for a great biblical marriage. On the other hand, the world and its ideas of merriment and mirth are shrewn with images of laughter, warmth and a glint of life in the eyes of the painted characters. The part of Christians that yearns for the freedom to act like the world and dive headfirst into its pleasures would gladly choose the second scene. But through the Grace of God many can skirt falling into a spirtual trap. God has seen it fit to bless man with an entire world but with that blessing, He has also given wisdom to ensure we all enjoy His world without sinning.
What does God Say?
The very conservitave image of a biblical marriage does exist and with it very restrictive religious practices based on the idea that holiness is linked to deny all worldly pleasures. Thankfully once more the Lord gave man wisdom to understand His standard for a biblical marriage. There are two verses that truly encapsulates what God has in store for a married couple:
- Hebrews 13:4 “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.”
- First Corinthians 7:5 “Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”
The Church is not allowed to dictate and restrict the many ways in which a married couple chooses to partake of each other. Rather, the church’s role is to guide persons to the Word of God, not it’s own historical and often politically influenced traditions of marriage.
What the Devil meant for evil, God meant for Good
There a stark difference between good intensions and Godly intensions. It is the good intension of the Church that encourages a lifetime of celebacy as it allows for total focus on the Father. Since God has a different path for us all, maybe that path is not for all to strive toward. The Lord would rather people marry and enjoy everything marriage has to offer rather than burn. Being able to express love to meet the need of your partner is apart of worshiping God. Children gain perspective and respect for mothers when fathers show her love, respect and is will to sacrifice all for her as Christ did for His church.
As humans it is a constant battle each day to remember this- the Lord provided everything for man to have“dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens […] over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” We can still have dominion while serving and being lead by Him.