Marriage Scripture

Matrimony

Mt 19:5-6 – leave father & mother, join wife, 2 become 1 flesh
Mk 10:7-12 – what God joined together, no man separate
Eph 5:22-32 – union of man & wife image of Christ & Church
Heb 13:4 – let marriage be honored among all

Divorce & Remarriage

Mal 2:14-16 – for I hate divorce, says the Lord
Mt 5:32-33 – to divorce or marry divorced wife is adultery
Mt 19:4-6,9 – to divorce wife and remarry is adultery
Mk 10:11-12 – if either divorces and remarries=adultery
Lk 16:18 – to divorce & remarry or marry divorced=adultery
Rom 7:3-3 – wife consorts=adulteress if living, but not if dead
1 Cor 7:10-11 – if wife separates, stay single or reconcile

Contraception

Gn 1:27-28 (Gn 9:1, 35:11) – be fruitful and multiply
Ps 127:3-5 – children gift from God, blessed is a full quiver
1 Chr 25:5 – God gave 14 sons & 3 daughters to exalt Him
1 Chr 26:4-5 – God indeed blessed Obed-edom with 8 sons
Ex 23:25-26 – blessings promised: no miscarrying

Note: The blessedness of fertility and childbearing was the way by which Jews participated in the promise of God to His great and obedient servant, Abraham, called by the Jews, “Father Abraham.” God promised Abraham that his descendants would number “like the stars.” To deny fertility or deny openness to children was understood as denying God’s covenant with Abraham and themselves.

Dt 7:13-14 – you will be blessed: no male or female barrenness
Gn 38:9-10 – Onan killed for spilling his seed on ground
Dt 25:5-10 – penalty for defying Levirate law: not death
Acts 5:1-11 – Ananias/Saphira slain-withholding part of gift
Gal 6:7-10 – God is not mocked-accepting pleasure, denying fruit
Mt 21:19, Mk 11:14 – Jesus cursed fruitless fig tree
Gal 5:20,Rv 9:21, 21:8 – Greek pharmakeia=abortifacient potions
1 Cor 6:19-20 – body temple of Holy Spirit, glorify God in body

Homosexuality

Gn 1:27 – complementarity of sexes reflects God’s inner unity
Gn 2:21-24 – transmission of life thru total self donation – 1 flesh
Gn 19 – original sin deteriorates to Sodom’s sin

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