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5 Reasons Why Marriage Is Sacred by Emberblue 5 Reasons Why Marriage Is Sacred by Emberblue
This illustration was designed for one of my clients to advertise a special night of teaching on Marriage and why it is so sacred. They posted the sermon on their website so I decided to listen to it. I was so impressed with how thorough and informative it was that I decided to take down notes and share it with you lovely people. :aww: I have the impression that there are a lot of people out there who are not aware of this information, so I am doing my part to spread it.

My notes are below. You can watch the sermon here:

Intro - The Authority of Scripture
Everyone has a source of authority by which they determine right and wrong. That source of authority might be their own intellect, experiences, parents, religious traditions, etc. As Christians our source of authority is scripture (not to say that we can't use intellect, etc.).

1. The creation of God - Genesis 1:26
:bulletred: God created man in His image, male and female. We are created in God's image meaning that we are intelligent, moral, rational beings with the ability to communicate. We are unique and separate from the rest of creation, and we have dominion over the rest of creation. They were created male and female. God commanded them to be fruitful and multiply.
:bulletred: In Genesis 2 God said that it is not good that man was alone. So God made Eve to complete and compliment Adam. Most of creation God made out of nothing. Adam was made out of dirt. Eve was made out of Adam.
:bulletred: Marriage is God's idea. Before government, or church there was marriage. Marriage is the building block of society and culture. A family can exist without a nation, but a nation cannot exist without family.

2. Commitment/covenant between man & woman - Genesis 2:24-25, Matthew 19:5, Ephesians 5:31
God's design for marriage:
:bulletred: Permanency: Glued together permanently
:bulletred: Unity: They are "one flesh" reflecting the nature of God
(Marriage is under attack because it reflects the nature of God.)
:bulletred: Intimacy: Sex is only to be enjoyed in the convenient relationship of marriage.

3. Control of sexual desires: 2 Corinthians 7:1-5
:bulletred: Sex is reserved exclusively for marriage. Sex outside of marriage is fornication and/or adultery. Pornography is also sexual immorality. If you want your life and marriage to be blessed then stay a virgin until marriage. If you have already messed up, God forgives, but scars remain. Those of you who are still virgins, stay that way until you are married! You will experience a blessing that most people will never know.
:bulletred: Sex is a gift from God.
:bulletred: Your body belongs to your spouse. Don't deny your spouse, meet their needs. Don't use sex as a weapon.
:bulletred: Satan corrupted sex by:
Polygamy (Genesis 4), Adultery (Gen. 16), Homosexuality (Gen. 19), Fornication (Gen. 34), Rape (Gen. 34), Incest (Gen. 38), Prostitution (Gen. 38).

4. The care of children
This link will take you to a secular (non-Christian) report done by the Witherspoon Institute on Marriage and how it effects our culture:
:bulletred: Children need their biological father and mother to thrive best. There are so many cultural problems because of divorce and cohabitation.
:bulletred: Children are a gift from God. They are a blessing.

5. The comparison to Christ and the church: Ephesians 5:32-22
:bulletred: God preordained the purpose for marriage to reflect the relationship of Christ and the church. Christ is the bridegroom, the church is the bride. To redefine that, or anything that changes the image of marriage is an attack on the very nature and character of God.
:bulletred: Christ gave Himself for the church. This was sacrificial, self-denying love, and this is how a husband must love his wife. The church is subject to Christ, and so wives are subject to their husbands in everything.

Closing - Call to action
:pointr: Pray for God's mercy on the church and our country
:pointr: Practice God's principles for purity, holiness and abstinence
:pointr: Proclaim God's word and good news. Tell others about Jesus Christ and God's love. God loves everyone and He forgives sin.
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ThatFreakyZephyr Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
MArriage is so sacred…
Between a man and a woman…
a man and a man
a woman and a woman
Pinkclash Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is really fine and dandy and all, lovely artwork by the way...

...but then you have the case of Britney Spears and her 55 hour marriage, which was still considered valid and 'sacred'...
And then that one man who married a blow up doll...
...And the woman who married a roller coaster...
well then...
Emberblue Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :aww:  Glad you like it. 

I don't understand the point you are trying to make. Marriage is still sacred.  The people you mentioned chose to not treat marriage in a sacred way.  But that doesn't change God's design and intention for marriage.
Pinkclash Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The point I am trying to make is that people let things like that happen, then turn around and say that two people of the same sex will ruin the sacredness of marriage ._. 
It is legal to marry inanimate objects but not a person of the same sex. People don't have their priorities straight.
Emberblue Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You are certainly right that people don't have their priorities straight.  They should not be allowed to marry inanimate objects, that is crazy.
Pinkclash Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Then I believe we should address that as well as the horrifying issue of bestiality first, since I think it does a bit more damage to the sanctity of marriage than homosexuals.

By the way, thanks for being civil and not immediately blocking me and telling me I'm going to hell like some people do ;)
Emberblue Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for being civil as well. :)  I believe that all humans deserve respect. :aww: :hug:

I understand what you are saying, and I agree that those are big issues.  However, the point of this specific deviation is NOT about homosexuality.  The main point of this deviation is about God's design for marriage according to the Bible.
Pinkclash Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ah, I see now. Thanks for the clarification ^-^
Jenny345 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Nicely done. Yes marriage is very sacred.
Emberblue Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :tighthug:
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