Jesus wants us to have healthy families. That starts with Godly marriages.
Jesus is put out with the Pharisees. Jesus points them and us to the Bible. I’m afraid some church leaders are not serving us well and are deceiving God’s people by pretending something that God did (make us male and female) isn’t true.
There is a lot to unpack here considering what is going on in our society and culture.
What is up with the religious leaders? I guess the same question could be asked today. The Bible is clear. Jesus is clear. We have all kind of religious leaders (and churches) today filled with confusion about marriage and now transgender-ism.
What about same-sex marriage? That wasn’t the question, but Jesus is adamant that marriage is between a man and a woman. There really is no other way to read this. It is not between a man and a man. It is not between a woman and a woman. Jesus is clear. I think He is also very serious.
What about divorce? Jesus, here and in a few other places, states that divorce is only appropriate for adultery. The sexual union, created by God, can’t be undone. God’s goal for us is one of unity between a man and a woman.
What about transgender-ism? God created us male and female. Jesus states there are only two sexes. That is it.
God has a goal for us and for our families. Jesus makes it clear to us.
“One day the Pharisees were badgering him: “Is it legal for a man to divorce his wife for any reason?” Jesus answered, “Haven’t you read in your Bible that the Creator originally made man and woman for each other, male and female? And because of this, a man leaves father and mother and is firmly bonded to his wife, becoming one flesh—no longer two bodies but one. Because God created this organic union of the two sexes, no one should desecrate his art by cutting them apart.
They shot back in rebuttal, “If that’s so, why did Moses give instructions for divorce papers and divorce procedures?”
Jesus said, “Moses provided for divorce as a concession to your hard heartedness, but it is not part of God’s original plan. I’m holding you to the original plan and holding you liable for adultery if you divorce your faithful wife and then marry someone else. I make an exception in cases where the spouse has committed adultery.”
Jesus’ disciples objected, “If those are the terms of marriage, we’re stuck. Why get married?”
But Jesus said, “Not everyone is mature enough to live a married life. It requires a certain aptitude and grace. Marriage isn’t for everyone. Some, from birth seemingly, never give marriage a thought. Others never get asked—or accepted. And some decide not to get married for kingdom reasons. But if you’re capable of growing into the largeness of marriage, do it.”
Source: Matthew 19:1-12 (The Message)