What is the definition of marriage according to Jesus?

Marriage and family
Marriage and family

I noticed that there is some silly Democrat running around harassing Mike Pence because he accepts Jesus’ definition of marriage. What’s annoying about this particular Democrat is that he calls himself a Christian, despite being in a gay relationship with another man. I thought it might be a good idea to remind everyone what the actual definition of marriage is, according to Jesus.

Here’s what Jesus says about marriage.

Matthew 19:1-11:

1 Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan.

2 And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

3 And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?”

4 He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female,

5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?

6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

7 They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?”

8 He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.

9 And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”

10 The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.”

11 But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given.

To be a Christian, minimally, is to be a follower of Jesus Christ. That means that we accept what Jesus teaches, on whatever he teaches about. We don’t overturn the teachings of Jesus in order to make people who are rebelling against God feel better about their rebellion. It is central to the Christian worldview that Christians care more about what God thinks of them than what non-Christians think of them. In fact, Christians are supposed to be willing to endure suffering rather than side with non-Christians against God’s authority.

Matt Walsh had a fine article about this issue.

He said:

As Christians, our goal is not to avoid being like the big bad “other Christians,” but to strive to be like Christ Himself. This is one of the advantages to having an Incarnate God. He went around acting and speaking and teaching and generally functioning in our realm, thereby giving us a model to follow. This is the model of a loving and merciful man, and also a man of perfect virtue who fought against the forces of evil, condemned sin, defended his Father in Heaven with sometimes violent force, spoke truth, and eventually laid down His life for those He loved (which would be all of us).

[…]This is what it means to believe in Christ. Not just to believe that He existed, but to believe that Christ is Truth itself, and that everything He said and did was totally and absolutely and irreversibly true forever and always. Many Christians today — not only the ones in the video, but millions alongside them — seem to think we can rightly claim to have “faith” in Jesus or a “relationship” with Him while still categorically denying much of His Word. This is a ridiculous proposition. We can’t declare, in one breath, that Christ is Lord, and in the next suggest that maybe God got it wrong on this or that point. Well, we can make that declaration, but we expose our belief as fraudulent and self-serving. We worship a God we either invented in our heads, which is a false idol, or a God who is fallible, which is a false idol.

If you really accept Jesus as God, then you can’t think he is wrong when he explains what marriage is. Period. End of issue.

Real Christians don’t make excuses for sin. Real Christians present the gospel. The gospel is that all men have rebelled against God and fallen short of perfect submission to and obedience of him. For this, they deserve to be separated from God eternally. Jesus paid the price for this rebellion on the cross, and anyone who accepts him as Savior and Lord will be with God eternally after they die. There is no salvation apart from Jesus. That’s what Christians say. And they say it regardless of how weird they look, and how many non-Christians don’t like them for saying it.

5 thoughts on “What is the definition of marriage according to Jesus?”

  1. It seems to me the problem is that a lot of christians are taught that the bible has no absolutes, that everything is some mystic “where is the Lord leading you” set of rules. Whenever I speak in biblical absolutes, ie: “The bible says THIS” my wife likes to trot out “well maybe other people aren’t where you are at in their walk” as if to say that some kind of mystical knowledge has not been bestowed or discovered yet! And she’s not the only one that believes in this concept. To me it feels like its a way to keep things intentionally open and a failure of faith, but who knows…

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  2. This is why I have more intellectual respect for someone like Dan Savage than I do for Pete Buttigieg. Savage may be an authoritarian leftist who openly advocates that Christians be jailed for teaching what the Bible says about homosexuality, but at least he’s honest about what he really believes. When you say, “The Bible is just a bunch of b***s**t!” in your speeches, I know you’re being honest.

    However, Buttigieg and others like him claim that they revere the Bible, believe it is the revealed word of God, and that it is authoritative for their lives. However, whenever they read passages that openly condemn their behavioral choices, they tell a really long story about how when you study some obscure, you never heard of them scholar, you learn that once read in Koine Greek, the passage actually means the opposite of what it says in English. Or worse, they tell you that that passage was only a cultural, temporary prohibition that God always intended to be temporary. When you present scholarly level research that proves otherwise, they accuse you of arguing in bad faith and block you.

    This is true intellectual dishonesty. Claiming that you believe the Bible outwardly but blatantly ignoring what it says when it doesn’t conform to your particular view of the world. Such a person does not really care about what the Bible says, and only sees it as a tool to be used when convenient, and ignored otherwise.

    At least the person who says he hates the Bible and couldn’t care less what it says is being honest.

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  3. Where there is no Lord, there is no Savior.

    When abortionists and LGBTQPWXYZ can “claim Christ,” you know that authentic Christianity is largely absent in a nation.

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  4. The reason stated by Jesus for divorce was a harness of heart, as stated in the scripture quoted.
    It is likley also the main reason for any sin including non biblical forms of marriage these Christians have hardened their heart towards God.
    If they want to call themselves a Christian it is only nominally in the sense that Jews in the ot that worshiped false gods were still technical a child of Abraham, but they failed at following after their God and living a life pleasing to God
    It is always about not our will but God’s should be done

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