SOME psychologists, taking a new look at the institution of marriage, are voicing shocking predictions for the near future. Indeed, in their professional eyes, the trend toward obsolescence of the marriage custom has already started, and is gaining momentum!
Yes, indeed! But marriages are not only breaking down all around us; the very usefulness and desirability of the custom is being seriously questioned!
Is marriage on the way out, after all these generations and centuries? Is the home, and family life, to disappear from human society?
Articles voicing this trend of thought are appearing more and more frequently in magazines and newspapers.
Predictions are appearing in print that marriage soon may not be the socially required way for sexual union. Premarital pregnancies are on the upsurge, coincident with an increasing tendency toward public acceptance, and a decreasing sense of stigma.
But does marriage, after all, serve any necessary purpose?
To many that may sound like an absurd and foolish question. We take marriage for granted. Children growing up in a normal home with parents, probably brothers, sisters, or both other children in similar families in homes all around them assume naturally that they will be married some day. No one, in such circumstances, fifty years ago, would ever have thought of questioning marriage as an institution. No one, then, would have asked, even in the secret recesses of his own thoughts, whether or not the state of marriage was desirable for society.
Why Marriage, After All?
Why marriage? Even the very question seems shocking!
But some psychologists are beginning to question it. We should not take things for granted without question. If a tradition or custom is right, it will withstand the questioning.
So we dare to question!
How, then, did the institution of marriage originate?
Strange as it may seem, the “authorities” the psychologists, the sociologists, the doctors, the scientists, the educators do not know!
The rank and file of these “authorities” accept the theory of evolution.
It’s worth thinking about! If man appeared by the evolutionary process, gradually descending through millions of years from some lower-than-human animal species, similar or ancestor to the anthropoid ape, how and when was the custom of marriage started? And WHY?
Animals are male and female. Mammals reproduce their kind, in the same manner as do humans. But animals do not marry! If man is merely the highest of the animals, at what stage of evolutionary development did the near-human or the human “animal” adopt the institution of marriage?
None of the “other” animals has done so!
If moral codes were not first given to mankind by a higher authority, when, why, and how did man devise them?
The "Christian Authority"
On the other hand, the Christian world has believed in a creation by a Creator.
So we still have a situation which needs to be seriously questioned!
If we are to accept traditional Christianity as the custodian of moral codes, we still must ask: Why marriage? Yes, why? The psychologists are asking: Does traditional Christianity have the answer?
Certain churches have taught that the unmarried state of celibacy is a higher state than marriage. And they have taught that the only purpose of sex is reproduction.
We need to think about that!
If procreation is the only purpose of sex if sex has no rightful use in marriage except to bear children and if the unmarried state is higher than married life, then, since marriage is not necessary for reproduction, must we not conclude that marriage is not desirable? Would it not, then, be better to use sex to procreate, while living in the higher state of unmarried life?
Of course that would mean that fornication is more righteous than married life! We need to think where such reasoning and such teaching leads!
I repeat. The reproductive process in mammals is the same as in humans. Animals reproduce but animals do not marry!
Marriage is not necessary for reproduction! There is a great deal of human reproduction, today, without marriage! Indeed, this trend escalates. And society is fast becoming more tolerant, and tending toward acceptance.
Is there, then, any rational and right reason why humans who procreate should marry, while animals who also bear their young do not?
There is, indeed! But not many seem to comprehend it. The real answer has been overlooked by traditional Christianity as much as by the followers of the evolutionary theory.
Ever See a Calf Born?
You need to understand.
The reproductive process is precisely the same in mammals as in humans. But beyond that, animals and humans are utterly dissimilar.
Ever witness the birth of a calf? The male parent the bull does not call for an obstetrical physician. Nor does he take the mother cow to a hospital for the delivery. The bull, in all probability, is nowhere around.
Mammals require no help for their young to be born. Or at least they never did until “scientific” or other modern practices of humans in the feeding and handling of animals produced a degenerated situation where, in some cases, human owners need call in a veterinarian.
But, normally, the cow simply, without help or attendant, has her calf born out in the field or, perhaps, in a barn. As soon as it is born, the baby calf begins to stagger to its feet, while the cow stands stupidly waiting. She does not need to care for her young, teach it to eat, or to walk. The newborn calf may be a little wobbly in the legs at first. It may fall back down a time or two. But in a few minutes it is up on all fours and starting to walk.
But is the calf going anywhere? Yes, indeed! No one need teach it or show it the way. It knows where to find its “dinner.”
How does it know?
Well, animals come equipped with built-in instinct. They do not need to learn, or be taught. They do not reason out a decision and act on a judgment. Instinct guides automatically.
With the newborn human all this is different. The purely reproductive process is the same. But, as stated above, beyond this the differences between animal and human are colossal.
How long does it take a human infant to learn to walk? Usually about a year often longer. A tiny baby is utterly helpless. It cannot manage even its own bodily processes. It has no instinct, in the strict sense of the word. It must be cared for. It must be taught. It needs parents to care for it, protect it, teach it, and give it love.
It matures so very much more slowly than animals. Yet its potential is infinitely higher. Instead of mere animal brain with built-in automatic instinct, the human baby has a mind. At birth there is, as yet, no knowledge in the mind. But it has the capacity to absorb knowledge and then to reason, to imagine, to think creatively, to plan and design, to formulate judgments, to make decisions, to exercise will and self-discipline. More, it has the faculty to appreciate music, literature, art, and, more important, to develop a sense of moral and spiritual values; to develop even righteous character.
The only purpose of sex in animals is reproduction. But, in humans, reproduction is not the only purpose of sex, as we shall see!
For the transcendently higher purpose of human life, the newborn baby needs parental care, teaching, guidance, love and the experience of home and family life.
But just a moment, please!
Did I say transcendently higher than animal life?
That’s exactly what I said!
And though it may seem incredible, that’s precisely what I mean.
If humans had evolved from lower animal species, brought about without purpose or design by resident forces devoid of intelligence if there had been no planned design by an all-intelligent Creator Being no purpose for which humans were put on earth then, indeed, we should wonder: “Why marriage?”
And yet the great minds through the centuries have groped in the dark, searching for, yet failing to acquire, the knowledge of that purpose. Perhaps most have taken marriage and family life for granted and themselves followed the custom. But they didn’t know the PURPOSE.
There is an astonishing reason!
The believer in godless evolution can see no transcendently higher purpose in the birth of a baby than in that of a calf or a kitten. He can see only that the human infant is further advanced in supposed evolutionary development. But no transcendent potential.
But let’s face it. Let’s be honest with the question. Isn’t it a bit irrational that science has never proved the theory of evolution, yet believes it as a faith? And, further, that science has never disproved the existence of the all-intelligent Personal Being the Creator God whose existence is proved and provable? And yet, with few exceptions, scientists refuse even to consider the possibility of the supernatural in their postulates.
One writer explained that it is a matter of the reluctance of scientists to accept the existence of God. But it is not mere reluctance. It is psychological rebellion which refuses to accept the fact of the existence of their Maker!
This is written for those who are willing to consider! And what follows for you to consider may be so utterly NEW to you as to seem incredible.
Yet, consider! Think!
Weigh and compare that which explains the WHY of marriage with the only possible views that can be arrived at by the evolutionary approach.
Yes, consider! Consider what one claiming to be God the Creator reveals! And you judge whether this awesome revelation makes more sense than the only possible explanation founded on the evolutionary approach. You judge whether it gives more rational and inspiring MEANING to life. Check and balance it against the hopeless lack of meaning, purpose, or destiny for human existence offered by the evolutionary theory.
See, now, what the One quoted in the world’s best-selling book, the Bible, calling Himself God the Creator, reveals about Himself, and about the reason for human existence, for sex, and for the institution of marriage.
You are not going to read the traditional superstitions rejected by science and labeled by scientists “fundamentalism.” What follows is not a new “theory,” or interpretation, or human-devised idea. It is merely what the Book plainly says, without interpretation. It is only what has been written there through the centuries yet expect to be surprised, shocked, to read what both “science” and “religion” have utterly glossed over!
Is This GOD Speaking?
Who is this speaking? The prophet Isaiah wrote it but he quotes the speaker who claims to be God!
“I am the Eternal, and there is none else, there is no God beside me,” says the One quoted (Isa. 45:5).
Further: “Thus saith the Eternal, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me. I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded” (verses 11-12).
Still further: “For thus saith the Eternal that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it. . . I am the Eternal; and there is none else . . . who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the Eternal? and there is no God else beside me . . . I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that unto me every knee shall bow . . .” (verses 18-23).
In due time we shall see whether this One claiming to be God shall not be able to force every knee of every atheist and agnostic to bow in humble acknowledgment before Him even if He must break their rebellious bones!
This One claiming to be God gives proof that He is God. That proof? Ability to FOREtell what shall happen with power to bring it to pass.
The One quoted claims to be GOD: “To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like? . . . . Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am GOD, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure . . . yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it” (Isa. 46:5, 9-11).
Then this Personage quoted, claiming to be God, challenges the doubters. He says to them (Moffatt translation):
“CONSIDER”! Yes, I have asked the reader to consider! And now the One quoted as GOD says, “Consider and agree that the Eternal’s hand has done it, that Israel’s Majesty has made it all. Now, the Eternal cries, bring your case forward, now, Jacob’s King cries, state your proofs. Let us hear what happened in the past, that we may ponder it, or show me what is yet to be, that we may watch how it turns out; yes, let us hear what is coming, that we may be sure you are gods; come, do something or other that we may marvel at the sight! why, you are things of naught, you can do nothing at all!” (Isa. 41:20-24.)
Thus God challenges and ridicules the scoffer and shows that ability to prophesy and bring it to pass is proof of God.
This One who claims He is God has, in the biblical prophecies, foretold, 1900 to 2500 years ago, what was to happen to every major city in the world of that time, and every nation and every prophecy has come to pass!
How important are God-rejecting scientists, compared to the God they refuse to acknowledge?
“Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance [weighing scales]: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. . . . All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity. To whom then will you liken God?” (Isa. 40:15-18.)
So now, let us consider what this One claiming to be God reveals. And, though you may have read the Bible, prepare to be astonished!
Man Evolved, or Created?
In the very first chapter of the Bible, the One quoted as our Maker reveals the overwhelming difference between animal and human reproduction.
Read it. Don’t interpret I shall not! just consider it as it is.
“And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind . . . cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind . . .” (Gen. 1:21-25).
This says, without interpretation, God created fish after their particular kind birds after their particular bird kind cattle after the cattle kind. Each kind may have varieties, but each reproduces after its kind. God did not create animals after the fish kind. Nor fish after a single-celled amoeba kind. But fish after the fish kind. Fish did not evolve after the amoeba kind, but, says Genesis, they were created after the fish kind cattle after the cattle kind.
Now what about man?
Continue the quote: “And God said, Let us make man in OUR IMAGE, after OUR LIKENESS . . . So God created man in his own image” (verses 26-27). This refutes the theory that man is the highest of the animals, evolving from lower mammals. It says God created man, after the God kind.
Whatever God is like, He made man like Him same form and shape. In His likeness after His kind!
So this says God made cattle after the cattle kind, and He made man after the God kind! In a way almost none has understood in our deceived world today, this revelation affirms God is reproducing after His kind! And that is rather startling! Yet it is affirmed all through the Bible, both in Old and New Testaments!
Let’s make it plain!
This says man was formed in the likeness of GOD.
And what is God like? Many scriptures reveal what God says He is like. We need not guess, imagine, or create gods in our own image.
For example, it is revealed that God has hands in dozens of scriptures, starting with Exodus 9:3; Job 1:11, etc., etc. His “right hand” is spoken of. He has fingers (Exodus 31:18). God created man with hands and fingers, but animals have hoofs, paws, claws, wings, fins. It is plainly stated in the Bible that God has arms, legs, feet, two eyes, a nose, a mouth, a voice, two ears; in a word, God is formed and shaped like humans. God has mind, which can think creatively, design, plan, reason. So does man, even though imperfect. Animals have mere animal brain with automatic instinct, but incapable of the thought, wisdom, judgment, sense of moral responsibility or self-restraint of the human or divine MIND.
So man was formed and shaped to look like God in His likeness.
But God is a spirit (John 4:24). He is composed of spirit, but He formed man out of matter: “And the Eternal God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Gen. 2:7). Man does not have a soul man is a soul, made of matter from the ground, which is to say the soul is made of matter and can die (Ezek. 18:4, 20) regardless of Satan’s lies (Gen. 3:4) which a deceived “traditional Christianity” has borrowed from the pagan religions. Genesis 2:7 is also cited in I Corinthians 15:45, followed with: “Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward [by resurrection] that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man [Christ] is the Lord from heaven. . . . And as we [speaking of converted humans] have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also [by resurrection] bear the image of the heavenly” (verses 46-49). This entire chapter carries the theme of the resurrection.
So God is described as composed of Spirit, yet formed and shaped as He formed and shaped humans, who are composed of MATTER, but who, by a resurrection, may be later composed of spirit, even as God.
Better read that again. The resurrection is the one hope given mortal man in the New Testament.
So what do we have so far? God, composed of spirit, created fish, birds, animals, each after its own kind. But God created man after the God kind. There is much more yet to be explained about that, but this much is so far affirmed:
Man is not an animal!
But, further, what is God like?
The Divine Family?
Did you notice, “And God said, Let US . . .”?
Not “Let me!” “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”
Why the “us,” the “our”? Why the plural form?
Go to the very beginning. The first words in all the Bible are: “In the beginning GOD created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1).
Those words are in the English language. But God inspired Moses to write them, originally. And Moses wrote in the Hebrew language. The English word “God” is translated from the Hebrew word Elohim. Moses wrote the Hebrew word Elohim. And Elohim is a noun implying more than one in unity. It can be collective in the same manner that the words “family” or “church” are collective.
I am of the Armstrong family. We have had four children. I am “Armstrong.” My wife was “Armstrong” also, from the moment she married me. Our son Garner Ted is “Armstrong.” He is my son. I am “Armstrong,” and he is “Armstrong.” We are two different persons but we belong to the one family. My son Richard David was a different person, but he also was “Armstrong,” and part of the Armstrong family. The one Armstrong family.
So we were one family but we were six persons!
The human body is one body, but has many members two arms, two legs, ten fingers, ten toes, two eyes, two ears, one nose. God compares the one Church to the human body: “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into ONE BODY . . .” (the Church). (I Cor. 12:12-13.)
Elohim is not two Gods, or three Gods, or many Gods Elohim is ONE God, but composed of more than one divine Person.
And Elohim is a divine family!
Have you not thought of God as a Person a single Personage?
The one God Elohim the one divine family has a Head. He is the One we call the Father. His name is GOD. Jesus called Him “Father.” He is the One most of us have thought of as the Personage who is God. Jesus was His Son. And Jesus, by a resurrection from the dead, is His divine Son (Rom. 1:4), and Jesus also is GOD (John 1:1; Heb. 1:8).
Notice how plainly this is revealed.