“Therefore what God has joined together, let no man separate.” This is the final standing order for all those who accept Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior. Lord Jesus Christ by his redeeming passion on the cross wiped away the curse that fell upon humanity consequent to the fall in the Garden of Eden. Therefore a believer should not look to the model of fallen man but obey what the Savior commanded. But to put it into practice, one has to honestly believe what the Lord said is infallible truth that every legitimate marriage union is joined together by God and it is a sin to break it by sinful behavior. How one can profess that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savor and live in utter disregard to his teachings at the same time? The Book of Tobit, Deutero-canonical according to Protestants, clearly teaches us that a legitimate marriage is God ordained. It is the story of a marriage; Thobiah to Sarah. God appointed angel Raphael to mediate the marriage. On the way Thobiah raised several doubts about Sarah’s past history. He knew that she was demon possessed and married to seven men and all of them died in the first night itself because the demon slew them. Raphael advised certain method to exorcise the demon. Raphael said, “Do not be afraid, Sarah is set apart for you from the beginning (before the world existed),” 6:18. After marriage before they came together Tobiah told Sarah, “My love, get up, Let us pray and beg our Lord to have mercy on us and to grant us deliverance,” 8:4. They prayed, “Lord, you know that I take this wife of mine not because of lust, but for a noble purpose,” 8:7. This is the way couple should begin life together. This is a good instance of correct perspective about marriage. Strong conviction that God ordains the marriage, guides through. It is fulfillment of the law and not lust. Indeed, when lust instead of divine love intrudes, the marriage breaks apart.
‘Liberal Protestantism is one reason for increased divorce,’ E. E. Aubery quotes Prof Lichtenberger, “Man and Wife” page 141. I fully agree with the professor because during reformation period they shifted from the authority of Church to the authority of Bible. Luther said, “Marriage is worldly thing,” Britannica. This led to free interpretation according to the whims and fancies of freelance interpreters. In less than thirty years the best champion Luther publicly regretted how ‘disrespectfully people behave with Gospel’. It was just the starting point of exploitation of “Word of God,” for private ends. From then onwards, immorality is on the rise. To them “Two people seek mutual physical satisfaction as part of the expression of their love for each other, this would be a higher expression of sexual life” is marriage. What is the higher purpose without God? More conservative Protestants consider God a witness. Statistics show, this is where the moral landslide started. But the Bible clearly says besides what I cited above that God is not merely a spectator but active partner in between spouses and the very reason for them being together. He is the one who conducts the marriage. God created Eve and gave her to Adam and blessed them to be together evolving triune dimension united in love to family concept. Father, Son and Holy Spirit; so is man + God + woman = family. When we overrule this truth we loose a standard point of reference and the spouses are vulnerable to any kind of immodesty. They do not seek God’s counsel because it would require them to meet divine standards and live righteously. Why people go to counselors is because they place counselors above God. Why counselors fail to reverse the trend? Same reason; they depend on human wisdom rather than God’s wisdom. Would a counselor risk his business interest? Think about it. Modern counselors wrought more degeneration than good. Husband is Christ-like and wife is Churchlike says St Paul; where is the question of doubts, infidelity, violence or divorce?
Verse to ponder: “If my people, who are called by my name, humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and heal the land,” 2Chr 7:14. Is this not the most exigency of the hour? So let us.