Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Catechism #11

Q. How did God create man?

A. God created man male and female, after his own image, in knowledge, righteousness and holiness, with dominion over the creatures.

Last week we saw that God created the heavens and the earth in the beginning, and it is important to point out the obvious: He created one male and one female.

You have probably heard the worn out expression, “God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,” but that is a true statement. Had it been only Adam and Steve from the beginning, the human race would have been extinct shortly thereafter. In the same way, God did not create Adam, Eve, Steve, and Sally—He created one man for one woman.

Many people are chiming in saying, “I was born this way; God made me gay.” They like to point out that Jesus never mentioned homosexuality in the Gospels. But quite the opposite is true; In Matthew 19:5 Jesus said, “A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined unto his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”

Jesus never taught that a man shall be joined unto a man, or that two women shall become one flesh. He taught what was known from the beginning, that God created male and female, one man for one woman.

Heterosexuals who have multiple partners or affairs, or who do not save themselves for marriage, are as guilty as homosexuals. The only marital relationship that pleases God is a monogamous, life-long relationship between a man and woman that is only broken up by death.  

Marriage is a picture of the relationship between Jesus and His church (whom the Bible calls the Bride of Christ), which again, is two partners. Jesus is the groom, and the church is referred to in a feminine sense as the bride.

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