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February 14, 2006

Are Marriages Made in Heaven, or Hell?

Kevin on April 5, 2006 11:52 PM EST writes:
Nikki and Adam don't get it. First, most crazy marriages mentioned in the Bible are not offered, as Nikki argues, as examples of "WHAT NOT TO DO." As the article says, God told Hosea to “go marry a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom,” and Hosea did just that. Is the story's point that Hosea should NOT have listened to God?

What makes people like Nikki and Adam uneasy is the fact that a lot of the Bible relfects a time and values that few God fearin' Christians today would find acceptable. Many Christians tame the Bible, and God, to reflect their predictable, suffocating, cookie cutter lives. I know. I grew up one of those Christians!

And I saw a lot of couples in my church putting on a show, pretending to live up to these impossible ideas of what they believe to be a happy, righteous "biblical marriage," and they were lying to themselves as much as they were to everyone else.

I think that's an uneasy truth this article gets at, from the opening bit about the party on.
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Nikki on April 5, 2006 01:53 PM EST writes:
I think what people mean by "Biblical marriage" is marriage based on Biblical precepts, not stories about how people screwed up. Those stories are examples of WHAT NOT TO DO - equally as important, but you're completely missing the point.
But perhaps you know this already and are using a straw man to prove your point satirically. Then, I say, that is a poor argument. You can do better.
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Adam on March 26, 2006 08:25 AM EST writes:
Your article was intersting but unfortunately extremely unbiblical. For instance, most of your "examples" were drawn from biblical narrative which is a major hermenuetical no-no. You can't take facts from a story and then say this is what the Bible endorses. I know the point of the article was to give a satirical view of marriage but how can a "biblical" presentation of marriage not include Gen. 2:24-25, the institution of marriage when God tells Adam and Eve to cleave to one another and become one flesh. Or in Gen 2:23 when God creates Eve and Adam bursts into poetry at the very sight of her. Furthermore, how can there be any "biblical" discussion on marriage without mentioning Eph. 5 when Paul tells us husbands to love our wife as Christ loves the Church, because our marriages are to be a picture to the world of that love. You make marriage out to be a horrible hate-fest, I would suggest trying to love your wife in this way and see what happens. Thanks for the interesting article.
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Tim on March 22, 2006 01:42 AM EST writes:
Wish the article was not so short. Nicely done
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Lori on February 26, 2006 08:25 PM EST writes:
You mean "happily ever after" isn't real? This should be required reading in Christian re-marital counseling. It lets us know that we are not alone out there in our attempt to avoid spousal murder!
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Jim on February 15, 2006 10:18 AM EST writes:
OOO, so romantic! But you missed one of the great ones: Job and his unknown wife. Lady Job, apparently in a monogamous society with the belief in “till death do us part,” tried to comfort Job’s by basically telling him to go to hell. Perhaps Mrs. Joad took her model of the faithful wife from Lady Job. Anyway, I think the underlying message is that marriage can hardly help but be a molecular unit of its society—its good and evil. Its interesting that the Rabbis consider the desire the marry and have children to arise from the “Evil Inclination.” Thus, marriage, in my mind, then becomes the crucible of transformation that hopefully produces offspring, human or otherwise, that will salt the earth into a constantly evolving transformation following after God’s redemption of the earth, which also means that there is no way in heaven we can make definitive judgments about what that will eventually look like.
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