What is the Biblical model of marriage? I have outlined the biblical model of marriage and how the church or any other support groups should respond when evil and violence creep into that beautiful model. To get a better understanding of this sensitive issue, one should start from the nature and breathtaking activities of the Triune God who is the basis of all reality. The concept of Trinity, the one God who exists in three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—is profound. The unity in diversity that exists among the three Persons of God is the starting point of the highest virtue, the love within any relationship. The perfect love that has existed among the three Persons of Trinity from everlasting was passed on to the humankind, the epitome of creation, in the Garden of Eden. The Bible indicates the unity in diversity that existed among them by the verse: “Let us make man in our image and likeness.” God made both Adam and Eve in His very own image or resemblance and built the hardware for loving into their very being—the ability to love and to be loved. Matthew Henry remarks in his commentary on the Bible (Genesis 2:21–22), regarding the creation of the first woman from the side of the first man, “Women were created from the rib of man to be beside him, not from his head to rule over him, nor from his feet to be trampled by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected by him and near to his heart to be loved by him.” The beginning of human history holds a greater level of significance for our lives than we can ever imagine, as God made man and woman so that they can complement each other as one team. That is why Jesus gave importance to this part of history by referring to it in Matthew 19:4–6: “From the beginning, God made them male and female … so [in marriage] they are no longer two but one…” Jesus pointed to the fact that God established a monogamous heterogeneous marriage relationship at the beginning. In the Garden of Eden, when Adam looked at Eve for the first time, he knew that she exactly matched him—bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh. They were both in the image of God, but she was different, made to compliment him, and they were unashamed and joyful. God intended sacrificial love and mutual submission to be integral to this exclusive relationship, lasting throughout their lives. In their world, which is marked by shared intimacy, both of them are free to communicate their thoughts, experiences, and emotions. The sexual union, that involves the husband and wife’s total being, is not only physical but spiritual, and that is why it enriches the human spirit and does not degrade it. In such a relationship, neither is less than the other, as both were made in the image of God. The writer to the Hebrews says that marriage is honorable and its bed to be undefiled (Hebrews13:4). The garden relationship shows how God intended marriage to be—that a couple should live life with no trace of abuse, betrayal or manipulation.

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