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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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TheMeekWarrior Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What do you say to a Christian who has lost faith in marriage and thinks it is only a piece of paper?
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Emberblue Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I would say that I'm very sorry to hear that.  I would ask the person why they lost faith in marriage.  Get to the root of the issue. :)  If the person is a Christian who has a real relationship with God and believes what the Bible says, then I would direct them to look at the beginning of the book of Genesis where God set the prototype for marriage, I would show them what Jesus said about marriage, and every scripture that I could find that commented on that.

The fact that American states issue marriage licenses does make things a bit more confusing I guess.  God designed marriage as a covenant (I can elaborate on that if needed) not a contract.  In my opinion, Christians can be married in God's sight, even though they don't have a legal document from the state they live in.  However, because we are law-abiding citizens, and we want the legal benefits, we also go to the state and apply for a marriage license.  

It is important to remember that the piece of paper, and the covenant made between the man and woman and God, are two very separate and different things.

Marriage licenses have provided many benefits.  But they also made it much easier to dissolve marriages because it redefined marriage in people's minds to a simple piece of paper instead of a life-long commitment.  I don't know the whole history of marriage, and I don't exactly know what to tell people that are not "religious".  I don't claim to be a know-it-all on the subject.  But I'm willing to share the things that I do know. :)
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TheMeekWarrior Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing. I will keep this in mind. :aww:
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
:tighthug:  Let me know if I can help in any way. :heart:
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TheMeekWarrior Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Will do. :hug:
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EbolaBearSoda Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015
Irrelevant. The deviation only applies to the people of a specific religious sect not the general human population.

Mythology should not be used to dictate how people live their lives.
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I am entitled to my views just as you are entitled to your views.  That is the beauty of America and freedom. :aww:

Please note, the "Intro" section at the top is applying this to Christians.

This deviation includes a link to a report done by Witherspoon Institute on Marriage and how it effects our culture.  It is non-religious research/statistics.  You can disagree with my religious views, but I hope you can at least acknowledge and respect statistics.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :heart:
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NeversideFaerie Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015
Marriage is indeed sacred and seeing that there are others who know this too makes me believe it even more.
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Emberblue Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
:tighthug:
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Apple-Rose Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Children need their biological father and mother to thrive best." 
So are you saying that children with adoptive parents aren't going to do as well as children with their biological parents? That's ridiculous.
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Animefox773 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
Ikr! People are so ridiculous! They're also saying being a single parent isn't right also.
They're like "a child needs they're biological mother and father" and I'm always like "I've had friends that were raised by single moms and dads they turned out just fine. People don't think at all before they speak.
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Emberblue Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
That is not what this deviation is about, it is about marriage.  Please re-read the section about children, it says that our culture is experiencing problems because of divorce and cohabitation. And there is a link to a report on research how marriage effects our culture. 
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Apple-Rose Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know what it is about. I was just replying to one piece of what you stated. You have a section about children, so I commented on the section about children. 
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Emberblue Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Right.  It is about how marriage effects children - divorce and cohabitation is not as good for children as living with their parents, and there is an article with research to support it.
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Dylan-the-dude 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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Animefox773 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
^,^ Thanks for speaking the truth. Even if it shouldn't need to be spoken some people are idiots am I right :p
Seriously though this right here is the best comment ever!
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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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EbolaBearSoda Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015
I want to marry a roller coaster!!!!!!!
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1nklash Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
go ahead
sacredness of marriage and all that
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EbolaBearSoda Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
Dorney Park here I come!
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:iconemberblue:
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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:iconemberblue:
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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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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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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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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