“21. 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; 22. And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto man. 23. 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. 24. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Genesis 2:21 – 24 / KJV.
The one thing that I love about God, our Father is that His approach to life is direct and simple, and He explains it in a way that’s easily understood. The Book of Genesis tells the entire story of the beginning of all God’s creations in this world in a straightforward manner. However, God's Word can be completely misunderstood when people decide to 1) change the meanings by imparting their own interpretation, or 2) rebel against God, or 3) totally ignore God's Word altogether.
In the verses quoted above, Adam was created first, and God then removed a rib from him and made a woman, whom Adam later named Eve. God’s intention from the start was to create man and woman exclusively as a unique team for the purposes of complementing each other and for companionship. This harmonious relationship would also produce offspring to bring humanity into existence. The main goal of the man would be to leave his parents and join the woman as her husband in marriage and the two would then become the essence of one being.
Well, things certainly have become complicated; so complicated that this one simple plan has been drowned out by all the modern-day thoughts and interpretations that have developed over time concerning man and woman. In fact, marriage has taken such a pounding that its very concept is rarely thought of as the ultimate commitment to be honored till death. We've even come to a point where it's considered by some to be a completely unnecessary act.
It has been proven that a healthy, monogamous relationship that includes love and respect between a man and woman is the basis for the robust fitness and well-being of both the man, the woman, and the families they produce. It energizes the minds, nourishes the souls, and feeds the spirits of all participants. In turn, this produces invigorating lives full of stimulating interests and productive accomplishments. Of course, difficulties and problems will be encountered because struggles, which are a basic part of life, are intended to promote wisdom and adaptability, while strengthening the relationships between all members through an ever-growing love and trust. While struggles can reach challenging levels, families that stand together can overcome most obstacles and move on to another day.
I feel like an outcast because what I’ve just described is so far removed from the notions that exist today that it almost sounds like a fairy tale. Currently in the United States, approximately 50% of all first-time marriages end in divorce and this rate continues to climb for second and third marriages. (See Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Divorce Statistics for further information).
The main reasons noted for these depressing statistics are incompatibility (lack of trust and understanding), financial pressures, and infidelity. And what about sex, the brilliantly conceived act God developed to enrich and fulfill the relationship between a husband and wife? It’s through sex where immeasurable, perhaps even irreparable damage has been done to the relationship between man and woman. Thus, a closer look at this part of our lives is necessary.
God intended for sex to be engaged in ONLY between a husband and wife. Now I know this is going to stick in the craw of perhaps 95% of people today, since the prevailing belief is this idea is totally obsolete and out of place for our contemporary, high-tech world. Sex is no longer recognized for its original purpose but has instead evolved into a function to be engaged in by anyone, anytime, anywhere, and to be indulged in whatever ways imaginable. Because of this “restructured” view of sex, we know that sexual acts are now performed by children and teenagers, between single adults, adults and children, same-sex couples, prostitutes and johns, within orgies (group sex), adulterous relationships, pornographic affairs, etc., etc., etc.
Some of the results of these “chosen modifications” are as follows: within relationships, there’s painful intercourse usually caused by infection and disease, premature ejaculation, inability to ejaculate, lack of desire for sex, addictions to sex, and a complete aversion to sex. In the general population, the introduction of a variety of perversions such as rape, child pornography, sodomy, and a proliferation of sexual abuse is now on the scene. Also, two of the immediate results of flagrant, unrestrained sexual activity was and still are unwanted pregnancies leading to child abuse and neglect of those unwanted babies, and still worse, the massive deadly price of millions of unending abortions. And for all involved, there are the toxic and lethal sexually transmitted diseases that have ravaged mankind for centuries causing rampant illnesses, wretched heartache, and death. All of this filters through the lives of adults and children destroying self-images, and the enormous impact on society has fostered a cycle of unhealthy generations of people. To think, it was originally intended to be like this:
“Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.” Ephesians 5:33 KJV
God has blessed us by bestowing upon mankind His omnipotent Holy Spirit but because we have chosen to exclude God and His Laws from our lives, I believe His gloriously potent Spirit has been transformed in us into an insatiable appetite seeking fulfillment in whatever way possible by whatever means available. In severing God from our lives and taking advantage of His other gift of freedom of choice, mankind has concluded that the simple plan God has laid out for us isn’t sufficient to satisfy what has become our willful behavior and contrary intentions. Therefore, we ignore God and continue to operate in rebellion.
Isn’t it odd that we, an intelligent race of gifted people, should choose to eliminate from our lives the benevolent laws specifically created for man and woman and replace these laws with conduct that leads to sorrow and death??? Nevertheless, all the aberrant behavior in the world won’t change the Laws of God. God will not be ridiculed and snubbed forever, and mankind is foolish to believe that we’re “getting away” with our actions and there will be no consequences. The one thing we can surely count on is the day WILL arrive when God shall intervene, and this world WILL eventually operate in the moral, holy and divine fashion that our Father intended.
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Alma Grady, a/k/a "Yvonne G", is a freelance writer who has written and submitted more than 300 articles for online publishers for their websites and other venues, covering various subjects such as education, finance, business, home and family, hobbies, arts and crafts and other miscellaneous topics. Her immediate attention is currently on Christianity and reconnecting with God, the Creator of the Human Race consisting of our Father, His Son Jesus Christ (our Lord and Savior), and the Holy Spirit.
Alma's goal is to continue her research and studies on the Word of God, submitting articles detailing the results of this process, and ultimately publishing a series of books that will include facts learned from all her articles and continued research.
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