Does the Bible Reveal that a Marriage is Only Between One man and One Woman?

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From what I have found, most Christians maintain that according to the bible, a marriage was designed by God to only be between one man and one woman. However, I have not been able to find a single verse in the entire bible that substantiates that claim. Perhaps, my research skills need assistance.
Thus, I most respectfully ask those who assert that it is “true” that a biblical marriage can only be between one man and one woman to please cite the specific verse that affirms this belief, if you would be so kind.
By the way, although I am a skeptic, I think that we can all agree that the truth cannot contradict the truth, right (smile)?

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gundee123 wrote:
From what I have found, most Christians maintain that according to the bible, a marriage was designed by God to only be between one man and one woman. However, I have not been able to find a single verse in the entire bible that substantiates that claim. Perhaps, my research skills need assistance.
Thus, I most respectfully ask those who assert that it is “true” that a biblical marriage can only be between one man and one woman to please cite the specific verse that affirms this belief, if you would be so kind.
By the way, although I am a skeptic, I think that we can all agree that the truth cannot contradict the truth, right (smile)?
Gundee is a "thinker".. RARE for a 'christian'.. there are a few here... kudos!

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Troth for Leogere wrote:
Gundee is a "thinker".. RARE for a 'christian'.. there are a few here... kudos!
Thank you for your very kind words, Troth for Leogere,” but please know that I am not a Christian, but rather a skeptic (smile).

You see, although I was raised up in the Baptist faith, as an adult, I actually read, study, and researched the origins of the bible, Christianity, and comparable religions for myself. And as a result of my findings, I became a skeptic. After all, I have found that many claims that Christians make are not substantiated by the scripture, i.e.,“a marriage is defined as a union between one man and one woman,” is an unscriptural claim, in my humble opinion (smile).
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I rather not offer a response to this comment (lol).
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Marriage is a beautiful thing. Peace

Genesis 2:24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
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Hi Gundee,

Whenever the Bible mentions marriage, it is between a male and a female. The first mention of marriage, Genesis 2:24, describes it as a man leaving his parents and being united to his wife. In passages that contain instructions regarding marriage, such as 1 Corinthians 7:2-16 and Ephesians 5:23-33, the Bible clearly identifies marriage as being between a man and a woman. Biblically speaking, marriage is the lifetime union of a man and a woman, primarily for the purpose of building a family and providing a stable environment for that family.

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Troth for Leogere wrote:
<quoted text>Gundee is a "thinker".. RARE for a 'christian'.. there are a few here... kudos!
to the rest of you......... my middle finger!
Gundee is a thinker, but he's not a Christian thinker. Now as far as Christian thinkers being a rare thing; well that's just the dumbest thing I ever heard.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christia...
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gundee123 wrote:
From what I have found, most Christians maintain that according to the bible, a marriage was designed by God to only be between one man and one woman. However, I have not been able to find a single verse in the entire bible that substantiates that claim. Perhaps, my research skills need assistance.
Thus, I most respectfully ask those who assert that it is “true” that a biblical marriage can only be between one man and one woman to please cite the specific verse that affirms this belief, if you would be so kind.
By the way, although I am a skeptic, I think that we can all agree that the truth cannot contradict the truth, right (smile)?
You won't find one verse OR even an implication of marriage between two men or two women in the bible. Now, if I have missed the verse where it IS all right for same sex marriage or union, could you please supply it?
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Wayne wrote:
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You won't find one verse OR even an implication of marriage between two men or two women in the bible. Now, if I have missed the verse where it IS all right for same sex marriage or union, could you please supply it?
The Bible is Bronze Age superstition. If people want to follow those beliefs, fine. But they should not be our laws. And there is no good argument against gay marriage.

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Wayne wrote:
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You won't find one verse OR even an implication of marriage between two men or two women in the bible. Now, if I have missed the verse where it IS all right for same sex marriage or union, could you please supply it?
Jesus never addresses homosexuality, or explicitly discusses same sex marriage anywhere in scripture.

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Wayne wrote:
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You won't find one verse OR even an implication of marriage between two men or two women in the bible. Now, if I have missed the verse where it IS all right for same sex marriage or union, could you please supply it?
Jesus never addressed homosexuality or same sex marriage. And there are only about 8 verses in Scripture dealing with the subject, and when those verses are taken in context, Catholics and Protestants make the issue much much greater than the Scriptures. This is what I call a Christ-less Christianity when a moral gospel, or moral agenda becomes primary.... over and above the gospel of God. Evangelicals and right wing conservatism are more passionate about the topic of abortion and homosexuality than the good news of God about His Son for sinners. It is a moral gospel as compare to the true gospel. I think the tradition family value agenda is off the mark too. When you think about it, the great heroes of the faith in the Old Testament do not fit into the mold of the traditional family.

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Wayne wrote:
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You won't find one verse OR even an implication of marriage between two men or two women in the bible. Now, if I have missed the verse where it IS all right for same sex marriage or union, could you please supply it?
there is no word in biblical Greek or Hebrew that is equivalent to the English word homosexual. I believe the world was coined about 100 years ago and first appeared in the Bible in the 1946 Revised Standard Version
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there is no word in biblical Greek or Hebrew that is equivalent to the English word homosexual. I believe the world was coined about 100 years ago and first appeared in the Bible in the 1946 Revised Standard Version
Three posts from you and you are wrong on all three. Three strikes and you're out.

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Wayne wrote:
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Three posts from you and you are wrong on all three. Three strikes and you're out.
well, I can see you are no umpire either.........

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Wayne wrote:
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You won't find one verse OR even an implication of marriage between two men or two women in the bible. Now, if I have missed the verse where it IS all right for same sex marriage or union, could you please supply it?
Hello Wayne, hope you are well:)
I may be wrong but I thought that gundees was asking this question in regard to monogamy/bigamy type matters. i.e Is it scriptural for men to have more than one wife as the mormons do.

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Hi, Angelina ...(o: "Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband." (1 Corinthians 7:2)

And in giving the qualifications for a man to be just *considered* to be trusted with the "care of the church of God" > a man must be "the husband of one wife", we have in 1 Timothy 3:1-10.

And, by the way, nowhere in the New Testament are there any directives about how a man is to be married with another man, or a woman with another woman. But there is plenty of stuff about how a man and his lady are to relate, including Ephesians 5:18-33 showing how the man is the head of his wife and is to love her as Christ loves us His Bride-Church. I'm thinking of how much a head needs its body and can't make it without having its body.
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Wayne wrote:
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You won't find one verse OR even an implication of marriage between two men or two women in the bible. Now, if I have missed the verse where it IS all right for same sex marriage or union, could you please supply it?
The Gospel states that a a wife is a woman, and shall bear children. The idea that man with man is what God's thoughts are on marriage, or woman with woman, is a twisted tale of those that strive to distort, deceive.
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The Gospel states that a a wife is a woman, and shall bear children. The idea that man with man is what God's thoughts are on marriage, or woman with woman, is a twisted tale of those that strive to distort, deceive.
I agree. I know there isn't one single verse that even HINTS at same sex unions,,I was trying to get Gundees answer.
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<quoted text>Hello Wayne, hope you are well:)
I may be wrong but I thought that gundees was asking this question in regard to monogamy/bigamy type matters. i.e Is it scriptural for men to have more than one wife as the mormons do.
Hi Angelina..good to hear from you..No, he was implying there's nothing scripturally against same sex unions. IMO

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Wayne wrote:
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I agree. I know there isn't one single verse that even HINTS at same sex unions,,I was trying to get Gundees answer.
and how does this apply to our civil rights here in the USA?

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Missionary Man wrote:
Hi Gundee,
Whenever the Bible mentions marriage, it is between a male and a female.
Really? In other words,“Are you implying that all 19 times that word marriage is explicitly mentioned in the bible, it was always between a male and a female,” if you do not mind my asking? If so, then I most respectfully disagree, for Ex 21:10 is about not diminishing the first wife’s marital duties if a man takes a second wife in marriage, i.e.,“If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish.” Thus, it is obvious that a biblical marriage could have also been defined as one man and two wives, right (smile)?
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The first mention of marriage, Genesis 2:24, describes it as a man leaving his parents and being united to his wife.
Are you sure that the word “marriage” is first mentioned in Gen 2:24 or is it first explicitly mentioned at Ex 21:10,” if you do not mind my asking? On the other hand, the first mention of a male and female being commanded to be fruitful and multiplying (sexual intercourse) is at Gen 1:28, right (smile)?
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In passages that contain instructions regarding marriage, such as 1 Corinthians 7:2-16 and Ephesians 5:23-33, the Bible clearly identifies marriage as being between a man and a woman.
Yes, I agree. But have you also read instructions regarding marriage at Deu 21:15-17, i.e.,“If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated: Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn: But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.” Wow! This does not look like “a one man and one woman marriage” to me….what say you (smile)?
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Biblically speaking, marriage is the lifetime union of a man and a woman, primarily for the purpose of building a family and providing a stable environment for that family.
Blessings,
Missionary Man
With all due respect, if this assertion is “biblical speaking,” then why do you suppose that I am not able to find this statement written anywhere in the bible,” if you do not mind my asking? Besides, I am sure that you would agree that a biblical marriage was never defined as a union between a eunuch and a woman, right? If so,“Then what do you suppose that Jesus said that eunuchs are supposed to do,” if you do not mind my asking?(smile)?

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