Why the Biblical Model for Marriage is the Best Model
Why is the Biblical model for marriage the best model? Why are God’s teachings on the husband and wife relationship far superior to those that would contradict His Word? Here are a few points to consider that should strengthen our faith in the Bible.
Natural Bents are Satisfied
If we carefully read Ephesians 5 and Colossians 3, we will see that the primary command for the man is to love the wife, whereas, the primary command for the woman is to give honor to the man. This is amazing to me in that the primary emotional need of a man is to be honored and respected and the primary emotional need of a woman is to be loved. Certainly, God was way ahead of all the marriage speakers and counselors in Ephesians 5, Colossians 3, and I Peter 3.
The Scriptures will Fast-Forward a Couple Through the Learning Curve
As a Christian, I do not have to spend hours thinking of the meaning of life. God gave that to me in Ecclesiastes 12:13 when He said:
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
As a student of the Bible, I do not have to take years to debate evolution versus creation as the Lord said in Genesis 1:1:
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
When it comes to marriage, I do not have to spend weeks, months, and years trying to figure out the ins and outs of marriage and relationships. Honestly, all I need is thus saith the Lord for He is the manufacturer of marriage.
I often say that if God invented marriage, then He certainly knows best how to fix that which is broken. My responsibility is to simply follow the directions.
God is the Very Essence of Love
God is the best counselor, coach, and therapist because he is the very definition of love (I John 4:8). And, since love is the ultimate need of every marriage, then I believe His Word will always be the best marriage book on the market.
God Gives Power as Well as Knowledge
The Bible is not simply a book full of principles as much as a source of power to implement the principles taught therein. In fact, I often say that herein lies the fundamental difference between psychology and Christianity. Psychology can sometimes give us what we should do, but only Christianity is able to give us the power to put good principles into practice.