Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.(New Living Translation)
So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.
“At last!” the man exclaimed.“This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’”
This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.
The origins of marriage can be found in the book of Genesis. In the first account of the creation of the earth there is an emphasis on the equality of male and female – both men and women are created in the image of God and have equal value. Then in the second creation story there is an emphasis on the differences between man and woman. Man is created first and then woman is created out of man. They are separate and different, but when they come together in marriage they become one flesh.
In other words, men and women are equal in value, but not equal in identity. They are complementary – they have differences, but when they join together they complement or complete each other, creating unity.
If we believe what the Bible says in these passages we may come into conflict with modern politically correct ideas. Since 29 March 2014, same sex marriages have been legal in the United Kingdom. While I respect David Cameron for serving as Prime Minister for six years, I don’t think that being faithful to the Bible was at the top of his agenda.
Where are we going to get our values from? Will it be from the government, which changes every few years, or from God’s word, which has not changed for thousands of years? Are we willing to face unpopularity if we respectfully disagree with the culture around us?