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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: www.revival.tv/sermons/topical...



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: winst.org/wp-content/uploads/W...
: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 Digital Artist
MArriage is so sacred…
Between a man and a woman…
a man and a man
a woman and a woman
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1nklash 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...
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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.
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1nklash 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.
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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.
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1nklash 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 ;)
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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.
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1nklash Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ah, I see now. Thanks for the clarification ^-^
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Jenny345 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Nicely done. Yes marriage is very sacred.
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :tighthug:
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Jenny345 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
You are welcome.
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Sassycat2 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Somehow this piece exists on this site and I'm grateful for it :D
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :aww:  I have the freedom to express my thoughts through art, just like everyone else does. I'm glad you like it.

Many blessings in Jesus! :heart:
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Komatsuzaki-Xingqi Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm. Surprised there aren't more ragey comments here. 
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tetornow Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Probably because I banned most of the verbal abusers.
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's nice when people are nice. :aww:
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Komatsuzaki-Xingqi Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed! :icondavidtennantplz: 
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LordElthibar Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
That was beautiful. This is truly holly and romantic.
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Emberblue Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!!!  :love:
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ForsakenDreamsTheif Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist
I will add to the ever-growing flow of nice comments~ This is absolutely lovely. Just lovely~ So beautiful! The picture on the side is gorgeous and the sermon, so true! It's amazing... Simply amazing~ :iconotakuingplz:
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Emberblue Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That is sweet of you, thanks!  God gets all the credit. :heart:
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ForsakenDreamsTheif Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist
No denying it! No problem~ You're very lucky indeed. That God chose you to give such talent. Beautiful~:heart:
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LadyMuffinArt Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Wonderful art and wonderful sermon! I love it, he lets God's Word speak for itself & that's how it should be!
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Emberblue Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes!  I wish more people did that!  Thanks for the comment. :)
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Jamesruglia Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
I can say that your impression is correct; many people do not know this.  Unfortunately I can also say that many who don't know this don't -want- to know this.  They know that there are serious things wrong with the world right now, but they don't want to face them.  That "call to action" bit at the end is how we can fix this.
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Emberblue Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think you are right. :(  But at least those who do care can do their small part. :heart:
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fireworksinice Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is excellent. Truly, wonderfully good stuff. Thank you for putting it out there, especially on deviantart. The biblical facts on marriage are very much distorted on dA, even among the Christians.
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Emberblue Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I agree.  It's very sad. It means that you and I just need to let our light shine a little brighter. ;)

:tighthug:
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the-umbra Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I like this because of the art and the design, not because of the message. Personally, I believe in Matt. 7:1, and I'll just leave it at that.
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Emberblue Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I appreciate it! :)  Glad you like it. :aww:  I had a lot of fun drawing it. :D  These are colors that I don't normally use, but I think that it worked out well for this.

Do you know what Matt. 7:1 means?  "Judge" means to condemn.  In Matthew 7:15-20 Jesus said by their fruit we will know them. We are "fruit inspectors" so to speak.  We can make discernments and decisions about people based on God's word.  But we do not have the power to condemn them, only God does.  God's word tells us what is right and wrong. Applying this truth to our lives does not mean we are "judging" or "condemning" others. Based on God's word we can tell people what is right and wrong.
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the-umbra Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
But those same verses that you use to say that gay marriage is a sin also state that eating pork is a sin, as well as wearing clothes made of more than one fabric.

And, making gay marriage legal, does not force churches to conduct same-sex weddings. Same-sex marriages are like courthouse weddings, they're not wedded in the eyes of the church, but it's still legal. Any and all churches/synagogue/mosgue or any other place of worship where weddings are held have the right to refuse the wedding of any two people. There are churches in the southern United States that still refuse interracial weddings.

No law should be made based on religion. Simply because not every citizen is of the same religion.

And, I believe it was Jesus who said "let he who is without sin, cast the first stone."
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tetornow Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
In practice, there are numerous cases where people are getting sued or into legal problems because they are denying services because of religious convictions.

For example, photographers and bakers have gotten into severe trouble because they would not do there services for same sex weddings.

It looks good on paper but in practice, it is used to persecute those whom hold traditional values.

Oh, your "cast the stone" quote referenced Pharisees whom wanted Jesus to condemn a prostitute THEY used for services.  NOTE that the stoning requirement required that BOTH be stoned.  Had they done that, they would have to stone one of their own.

P.S.: No law should be based on religion?  How 'bout thou shall not murder or bear false witness (purgery)?
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the-umbra Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
I have no problem with small businesses refusing services to clients that they deem unsuitable. Albeit, bad for business, it's within their right. Major corporations, on the other hand, are a different can of worms that I really don't want to get into right now.

Also, most of the laws stated in the ten commandments (all but the first five) have been around since the dawn of time, thus, they don't apply.
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Emberblue Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think that both of us can agree that the old testament customary and dietary laws were done away with. :)  BUT, there are moral laws that were reinstated in the New Testament.  The New Testament also addresses the sin of homosexuality.

To be honest, if a gay couple comes to my church and asks to be married here, if our pastor denies it we can get in trouble with the government and they can take away our non-profit license.  Even though we think it is wrong and it is "against our religion".  How is that fair?  Perhaps it is different in other states where gay marriage is not legal? But in California it is a different story.

Just wanted to point out that this deviation was not aimed at homosexuality.  The notes talk about several different things related to marriage. :)

Oh, I've sinned, believe me. :)  Back to your previous point though...why did the Bible tell us what is right and wrong if we are not allowed to say that people did something wrong?
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the-umbra Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
i agree that there are way worse things that have ruined the sanctity of marriage (like kim kardashian).

i'm going to end there because that seems to be the only thing we will agree with and good art is good art, as was my original point.
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol! Yes, Kim Kardashian would be one of many. :)

Thanks again. I really appreciate it. :heart:
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iWuzang-Fan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazingly made! It's so sad that many of us don't keep these sacredness of marriage anymore. They always end up getting in divorce, mostly for the wrong reasons... :no:
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Emberblue Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes.  It breaks my heart.  People say vows like "Until death do us part" but they don't really mean it.  I think that lots of people enter into marriage very casually, thinking that it is not forever and they can break it off when they don't like how it is going.  So sad.
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iWuzang-Fan Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly. Either they fear commitment or forgot commitment. Either way, both are not good. I fear for this kind of thing to happen not only to me but to my closest friends, and I pray that these bad situations will never increase in the future... :(
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Emberblue Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You can choose for yourself if this will happen to you or not.  You have the choice to pray and carefully consider who you will marry BEFORE you marry them.  My husband and I both agreed when we were dating that if we married each other that it would be forever.  We both agreed that divorce would NEVER be an option.  We married each other with that agreement and understanding.
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iWuzang-Fan Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For that, I salute couples like you for saying that "Divorce is not an option!"

I'm 16, and if in the future I get married, I will promise the same thing you and your husband have promised each other! :D 

:salute::thanks:
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Emberblue Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:salute: :D  I am so blessed to hear that!  I firmly believe that if both people are Christians that love God, if they both agree that divorce is never an option, then the marriage will be successful.  When there are difficulties in the relationship you keep going anyways, you choose to love each other even though the relationship is rough instead of giving up on it. A great marriage isn't always a "rose garden", but it is very fulfilling and rewarding when two people commit to each other forever, through the good and the bad.  It's a choice and a daily effort.  It is an amazing thing. :aww:  I'm proud of your decision, you will be so blessed!
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iWuzang-Fan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...thank you! :love::heart: I will definitely keep this in mind!
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Emberblue Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:tighthug:
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AmethystForge Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
While I agree with disliking divorce strongly (my parents are divorced), and my husband and I discussed it many times before marrying -- I do have a question, curiosity-wise.  
Your phrasing was "never"...but what about those people who wind up in the news because they or their spouse felt trapped and so died, or killed their spouse, rather than get divorced and/or shamed by their peers? I just wondered if you really literally meant "never", even if one's safety is jeopardized, or if you simply meant "never" as in a divorce being the last resort?

i don't mean any harm or insult or anything. it was just something i wondered about.
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Emberblue Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, no problem. :aww:  The key part of my statement was "I firmly believe that if both people are Christians that love God,..."  If both spouses love God and act the way a Christian should then I highly doubt that murder or violence will be a problem. ;)

If people are not Christian (some people think they are Christian but don't act like it at all, so it makes me wonder...)  Anyways, if one or both of them are not Christian, I can't really expect them to live up to God's rules for marriage. Even though I really would like them to.
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Kawaii-Ariana Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this art work and your notes. It's refreshing to know others still live by the bible ^^ <3
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Emberblue Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the encouragement. :heart:  Feel free to spread the information. :)  Many blessings in Jesus!
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Sensacional!
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Emberblue Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:tighthug:
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