Christian Marriage, Part 4- Condemnation of Certain Acts Associated with Marriage

This is the final part of a four-part series on Christian Marriage. As I have said in each of the posts, please go back and read the other posts, because the posts only make sense if they are read together. This is especially true of this post, because if read on its own it would seem to simply be  a condemnation of certain sexual acts that most Christians would already agree are wrong.

But the purpose for this post is to tie up the loose ends of the prior posts. The prior posts were dealing with other Christian Dogmas that influence the Christian understanding of Marriage, and so I tried not to digress outside of the realm of the Dogmas and the truth they provide. As such, I wasn’t able to address more directly certain sexual acts that are connected with Marriage, and so this final post deals with those acts in light of the truths spoken of in the other posts.

The first two sections of the post are about particular sexual sins. The last part of the post is an aside concerning a qualification about the condemnation of divorce that was mentioned in the first post. This section deals with the so-called “exception clause” of Matthew 19 and how this phrase of Jesus’ is to be understood in light of the prior dogmas mentioned in the other posts.

These issues then wrap up the Christian understanding of Marriage which is based not upon reason, or science, or emotions, but rather on Christian truth by which we understand God’s reality and all issues that are relevant to our pilgrimage here on earth as those who desire to live according to God’s design and wisdom. Thank you for reading this series and I hope that it helps in your future relationships with your spouse and other people.  Continue reading

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Christian Marriage, Part 3- The Incarnation as the New Communion

This is the third part in a four-part series on the Doctrine of Christian Marriage. The first part spoke to Christian Marriage as being an Icon of the Trinity; the second part spoke to Christian Marriage being an icon of the Church’s communion with Christ. In this part, I will speak about the Dogma of the Incarnation and how it has changed the nature of communion with God so as to bring in a new type of marital like relationship.

If you have not read the other two parts I would suggest that you do read them along with this third part because none of the parts stand on their own or would give a full picture without the other parts.  Continue reading

Christian Marriage, Part 2- Marriage as an Icon of Jesus Christ and the Church

In the First Part of this series on Christian Marriage I spoke about the Dogma of the Trinity and the Dogma of Creation as being foundations for the doctrine of Christine Marriage. If you have not read that post, I would ask you to please read that first because it is strongly connected to this post. This is a four-part series that speaks about the Doctrine of Christian Marriage. If each part is disconnected from the other parts the full picture is damaged and the doctrine suffers from incoherence and lack.

In this post I will speak about the Dogma of the Church’s Communion with Jesus Christ. For from this communion we get a fuller glimpse into the meaning of Christian marriage and how it is to be lived out before God.  Continue reading