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Who Made Marriage and Why?




Who Made Marriage and Why?

The historical definition of marriage has always been understood as ‘the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.’  This is the traditional definition of marriage. 


This begs the question, however.   Who decides what marriage is?  Who made it?  Did man decide that marriage should be this way?  Is this why society has always had this traditional understanding? 


If marriage is man-made, then it can be argued that the historical definition is arbitrary.  Society is free to change the definition as it wills, according to the spirit of the times in which he lives.   You can make marriage to be whatever you want.  


But if God made marriage, then there is no argument or reason to change what marriage is.  The Bible says that God made marriage.  It was instituted by Him at the very beginning of history.  He created man in His image.  He said, “it is not good that the man should be alone, I will make a helper fit for him.”  


The Bible says that “the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept He took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that God had taken from the man He made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, ‘this at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”


The Bible then says this, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” The union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others has always formed the backbone of society.  


So why did God make marriage? He did so with three purposes in mind. First of all, for companionship.  It is not good for man to be alone.   Second, for the propagation of the human race.   The human race is to continue and increase.  A third reason is the well-being and orderliness of society.  


A marriage with God in the center is the means for building strong families and a strong society.  Why are there so many broken marriages and what is the solution?  We save that for our next article