May 16, 2012
Blame Protestants for the Marriage Debate
Bethany Blankley, Huffington Post
It's important to trace the history of marriage within the Western Christian tradition to understand the ironic conundrum with which Americans find themselves today.
Early Christians in the first through third century understood marriage to be a union between one man and one woman created by God as a consummated partnership described in Genesis 2. Early Christian leaders, such as the Apostle Paul, explained that marriage was more than just a union between two people. It was an act of worship that pointed to Christ's sacrificial relationship with the church (Ephesians 5). Therefore, marriage was not about a contract or a financial engagement as had been the custom for centuries prior, but a sacred union that should reflect God's love. Christ turned the accepted cultural...
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