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What is marriage?
Posted 14 September 2012 - 10:11 AM
Posted 14 September 2012 - 11:00 AM
You posted a lot here in this single paragraph. I agree with you that the husband and the wife are one, and they are to be single minded. The wife was created as a help meet to her husband. Marriage is not possible except with a man and a woman. The woman was part of the man's body, and when a marriage takes place, they become spiritually one flesh. I agree with you about children being part of marriage, unless God closes the womb. I am not a believer in birth control. I have concerns over in-vitro fertilization, but not for the reason you gave. It was not uncommon in scripture for a man to have a concubine in order to have children when the wife was unable to conceive, and it was still considered a marriage. Based on that, I can't see where invitro would be wrong, except for the ethical issues involving the discarding of fertilized embryos.
Marriage is a covenant of love between a man and a woman which is expressed by each one surrendering their own life, and offering it to the other to form a common life (Matthew 19:5-6). Since life is physiological, the only way they can unite their lives is by uniting their physiologies. Among all the physiologies we have, the only physiology in which two human beings can unite is in reproductive physiology. Since union of reproductive physiology is only possible between a man and a woman, marriage is only possible between a man and a woman. Furthermore, since conjugal union is reproductive in nature, willingness to freely accept children is the hallmark of marriage and marital love. Furthermore, to put barriers to reproduction by contraception is to go against the very nature of the act and their marriage covenant. Furthermore, since conception is the fruit of marital love expressed through unitive love, artificial insemination, in-vitro fertilization and cloning procedures dehumanize human reproduction by taking the act of unitive love out of it and converting it into a purely cellular process. This devalues the understanding of unitive love in marriage, thereby devaluing the meaning of marriage itself. This causes grave hurt to the institution of marriage which is the very foundation of society.