by Henry Morris and Martin Clark

God chose the Garden of Eden to institute marriage, and His Word abounds with both promises and warnings to safeguard the family unit. A marriage established and guided by Biblical standards has the potential of such blessedness that it can be compared to Christ’s relationship with His beloved church (Ephesians 5:22-23). At the same time, violation of Scriptural standards brings painful and guilt-producing consequences.

Yet, marriage as an institution is currently receiving numerous attacks. While mankind has a perpetual history of violating marriage covenants, the contemporary challenge denies either the existence or the validity of moral standards regarding the sanctity of marriage. Led by numerous liberationist movements and fed by the new morality’s amorality, a small but vocal vanguard preaches that marriage is outmoded and must be jettisoned for a more appropriate alternative.

Numerous reasons are advanced for abandoning marriage, and all find root in a desire to be free from any external standards or restraints (i.e., God’s revelation). The nuclear family (parents and children) is viewed as artificial by some who say that man’s more natural living arrangement is in groups—tribes or communes. Revolutionaries intent on reshaping society attack the family, for they recognize it as the basic unity of a civilized culture.

To be sure, the institution of marriage is old, but that does not mean it is obsolete. Marriage was thousands of years old at Christ’s first coming, but He still taught its appropriateness. “But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. or this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and the two shall become one flesh … What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate” (Mark 10:6-9). The Christian realizes he is not at liberty to tamper with God’s Word to conform it to passing fads in social theories. Cultural norms must be judged by Scripture; the Scripture is not judged by cultural norm….

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