Thursday, October 16, 2008

Civil Union vs Marriage for secular folks

I believe, as stated in the Christian Courier, that the Biblical teaching regarding marriage is unequivocal. Jehovah created man, and from his side – in earth’s initial surgical procedure – fashioned his wife. The two were designed to “cleave” to one another (Gen. 2:21-25). In a discussion with the Pharisees, Jesus cited this Old Testament evidence, and declared: “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Mt. 19:6).

Here is a crucial point. If it is the case that marriage was designed and inaugurated by the Creator, then he has the authority to set the rules. Men and women do not have the right to treat this sacred human relationship in a cavalier, self-directed manner.

I differ with the secular belief that everyone has a right to marry, even in homosexual relationships. If they truly want the same legal rights, then a civil union, legal and binding, is all they would need. Why infringe upon a Judeo-Christian concept. Marriage between one man and one woman is what God intended. It doesn't matter that polygamy was a practice in early unions, that was tolerated, but not part of the plan. There are inherent problems with the practice and we as Christians should stand up for our rights to keep our religious practices separate. It doesn't matter that the world wants to distort the meaning of the union to mean something fluffy and sweet and legal. They have all the legal recourse they need to form a civil union.

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