The marriage debate is front and center. Truth is buried deep below all the emotion and politics. We argue that it’s all about love or equal rights, pro-creation, sex, but what does this long standing, biblically-founded idea of marriage represents anyway.
First off, we all know what traditional marriage is by definition. One man, one woman for life. And we know that many want to change that definition and even shut up those who disagree, going so far as creating a hate crime category for those who disagree with them. Oh the tolerance!
Marriage is for pro creation, it is for love, it is for companionship, etc etc. BUT what does it represent? What is it a picture of? If one understands that, then you can’t change it.
Marriage has always been a picture of the relationship between Christ and His church. The body of believers that make up the Church are collectively called bride of Christ. As Bridegroom, Jesus gave His life for His bride,for a very specific reason. (Ephesians 5:25–26), and His selfless act provides an example for all husbands. At the second coming of Christ, the church will be united with the Bridegroom, and the official “wedding ceremony” will take place, and with it the eternal union of Christ and His bride will be actualized (Revelation 19:7–9;21:1–2).
By definition marriage represents something that needs the definition that it has always been.
Even the definition of the word definition (