The Purpose of Marriage (Part 2) – Togetherness

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What is the purpose of marriage? Why does it exist?

The Lord said, ‘It is not good for a man to be alone’; I will make a helper fit for him’ (Gen 2:18)

The common reading of this verse implies that it is not good for a man to be lonely. – as if the night life for Adam in the garden was not great and there was nothing good on Eden Cable TV! But is that all that going on here? Man needed some cheering up?

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Question: What does Ephesians 5:21-33 say about how men should relate to other women who are not their wives?

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Thanks for the question.

Your question however is not really answered by the passage. Notice that Ephesians 5:21-33 is using an exclusive relationship to illustrate a point for the whole church. This passage is not saying ‘Women, submit to Men’ or ‘Men, love Women’. It is saying ‘Wives, submit to the husband you have married’ (my paraphrase) or ‘Husbands, love the wife you have married’ (my paraphrase again).

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‘Why do we seem more concerned by the same sex marriage debate, then the treatment of asylum seekers?’

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Good question. And here is a brief answer that by no means considers all the ‘issues’.

Australia’s polices and treatment of asylum seekers is not good (although I can recognise it is not a simple issue). The way that we are handling this humanitarian crisis  (in my view) is driven more by protecting our sovereign rights (mostly our level of wealth) than it is driven by compassion for those who are vulnerable – for the myriad of reasons that they are more vulnerable.

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Love Wins

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Over the weekend, in a 5-4 ruling the US High Court ruled in favour of recognizing marriages between people of the same sex. This means that the 14 states which had not previously ruled this way would now be forced to allow same-sex marriage.

This makes me feel really sad.

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