God established the institution of marriage by uniting the first man and woman in holy matrimony. Read the scene described for us in Genesis ,. And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
God's Divine Design for Dating and Marriage
SPECIAL: WOMEN'S CONFERENCE - God's Divine Design For the Woman
Bidirectional Dependence Man and woman were designed to depend upon each other. While the ways in which they serve each other may differ, the simple fact is that, "God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them" Gen Women are subordinate, not inferior. He then created woman to complement him.
Embracing God’s Purposes for Marriage
Marriage was established by God, and His divine design for marriage beautifully reflects His love for us. However, marriage brings together two imperfect people. All of us have a natural tendency toward selfishness, and when two individuals who seek their own interests come together, conflicts often arise. Christian marriage counseling helps couples deal with these conflicts and the issues that cause them from a biblical perspective.
The institution of marriage involves a covenant between a man, a woman, and God. Man and woman, by mutual consent, enter the arrangement. But the procedure, in order to be valid, must be consistent with divine law. According to anthropologists, there is no society wherein marriage does not exist in some format Montague, p. The institution is, therefore, a universal phenomenon.