Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Quote of the Day #7 - Charles Spurgeon

A clever quote from Charles Spurgeon:
I heard one say that he was sorry that he had lost his temper. I was uncommonly glad to hear that he had lost it, but I regretted that he found it again so soon.
~Charles Spurgeon (2411.212)

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Monday, August 30, 2010

How Bad Is Sin? (Part 4) - The Christian Worldview

Sin is so bad that it convinces men that the finite is eternal and the eternal is nonexistent. It convinces men that moral procrastination is plausible. That tomorrow will always come, therefore man should live in a way which pleases his selfish appetite the most.

But what is the ultimate display of the wretchedness of sin?

The cross.


Sin is so wicked that the only way it can be paid for is through the death of God’s own Son. While the cross is certainly a great demonstration of the love of God, it is also a demonstration of the horror of sin. Apart from salvation through the cross, the punishment which man deserves is an eternity in hell.

Jonathan Edwards, a Puritan preacher living in New England in the early 18th century, does a tremendous job expounding on the truths of the sheer terror of hell. This is a quote from his sermon entitled, The Future Punishment Of The Wicked Unavoidable and Intolerable:
...imagine yourself to be cast into a fiery oven, or of a great furnace, where your pain would be as much greater than that occasioned by accidentally touching a coal of fire, as the heat is greater. Imagine also that your body were to lie there for a quarter of an hour, all the while full of quick sense; what horror would you feel at the entrance of such a furnace! And how long would that quarter of an hour seem to you! And after you had endured it for one minute, how overbearing would it be to you to think that you had it to endure the other fourteen!
But what would be the effect on your soul, if you knew you must lie there enduring that torment to the full for twenty-four hours! And how much greater would be the effect, if you knew you must endure it for a whole year; and how vastly greater still, if you knew you must endure it for a thousand years! O then, how would your heart sink, if you thought, if you knew, that you must bear it forever and ever! That there would be no end! That after millions of millions of ages, your torment would be no nearer to an end, than ever it was; and that you never, never should be delivered!
But your torment in hell will be immensely greater than this illustration represents. How then will the heart of a poor creature sink under it! How utterly inexpressible and inconceivable must the sinking of the soul be in such a case!
How bad is sin? Sin is so bad that one sin committed against an infinitely worthy God is deserving of an infinite punishment. Praise be to God that Christ bore the infinite punishment which every believer justly deserves!

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Shocking Message - Paul Washer - Sermon Sunday

If you haven't seen this sermon yet, I would highly recommend it. The main topic can be summed up with the following quote from the sermon: Do you realize how much love it takes to stand before 5,000 people and tell them that American Christianity is almost totally wrong?

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Quote of the Day #6 - Paul Washer

Paul Washer speaking on the subject of sin:
Imagine this: Here stands God on the day of creation. He looks at stars that could swallow up a thousand of our suns. He looks at them, and He says, "All you stars! Move yourself to this place, and start in this order, and move in a circle, and move exactly as I tell you until I give you another word!". And they all obey Him. He says, "Planets, pick yourselves up and whirl! Make this formation at My command until I give you another word!".
He looks at mountains and He says, "Be lifted up!". And they obey Him. He tells valleys, "Be cast down!". And they obey Him. He looks at the sea and says, "You will come this far!". And the sea obeys. And then He looks at you and says, "Come," and you go, "No!".
Look at the horrid wretchedness of sin! The vulgarity, the prostitution of sin! It is a horrid thing, not something to be trifled with. As I said, it is a beast, and it is waiting at the door, and its desire is to have you. Anyone who practices sin practices outright open-clench-fisted rebellion against the Lord of glory.
~Paul Washer (A Sermon That Has Angered Many)

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Friday, August 27, 2010

How Bad Is Sin? (Part 3) - The Christian Worldview


How bad is sin? Sin is so wicked that it makes men enemies of God. Think about that... Let it sink down deep. All those outside of Christ are in rebellion against the very God who sustains them. Every breath men breathe is given by God—and yet men use that same breath to declare war on God.

How bad is sin? Sin is so wicked that it perverts men’s minds. It drives away common sense. It causes men to fear sickness, earthquakes, and death more than the God who created all things. Christ is clear in His words concerning who men are to fear: Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Matthew 10:28).

How bad is sin? Sin is the destruction of wisdom. As the book of Proverbs states: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Proverbs 9:10). Those who do not fear God have no ability to wisely live a life in pursuit of those things which are eternal. In fact, the Bible states that the natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them (1 Corinthians 2:14).

Sin is so wicked that it deludes men into thinking that everything will continue on as it always has. That death will never come. That a good amount of honesty, success, education, and wealth will provide contentment. But Scripture states:

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? (Matthew 16:26)

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Quote of the Day #5 - Spurgeon

Spurgeon poking a little fun at Agnosticism:
One walking with me observed, with some emphasis, “I do not believe as you do. I am an Agnostic.” “Oh,” I said to him. “Yes. That is a Greek word, is it not? The Latin word, I think, is ignoramus.” He did not like it at all. Yet I only translated his language from Greek to Latin. These are queer waters to get into, when all your philosophy brings you is the confession that you know nothing, and the stolidity which enables you to glory in your ignorance. 
~ Charles Spurgeon (1933.670)

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

How Bad Is Sin? (Part 2) - The Christian Worldview


Some men deceive themselves into believing that at the judgment their good deeds will outweigh their bad deeds. But such beliefs are contrary to the word of God. Anyone who would make such a statement clearly does not understand the wickedness of sin. Whoever keeps the whole law, and yet stumbles at one point, has become a transgressor of the law (James 2:10). And not only a transgressor of the law, but ultimately a transgressor against God Himself.

How bad is sin? Sin is so wicked that even what seems to be the smallest of crimes is still infinitely more terrifying than anyone could imagine. Man sinned just once in the garden (by eating a piece of fruit) and God cursed the entire universe. That very first sin was seen by God as an outright act of rebellion and affects all of creation to this day:
For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God (Romans 8:19-21).
Sin is so evil that it drives a man to murder another man. It allows him to justify thievery for his own good. It causes him to seek for lasting satisfaction apart from God (who is the only source of true satisfaction). Sin is so terrible that God, who is perfectly just, would be right in condemning all men not only to spiritual and physical death, but also to the second death, a punishment which is everlasting (Revelation 20:14-15).

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Quote of the Day #4 - Ravenhill

The quote of the day today is short, but simple. Reading the Bible simply to gain knowledge, but not to apply it, is worthless.
"You won't become a saint by studying your Bible, you'll become a saint by living it."
~Leonard Ravenhill

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Monday, August 23, 2010

How Bad Is Sin? (Part 1) - The Christian Worldview


Becoming fully convinced that all men are guilty before God is an important step to understanding the devastation sin has caused in this world. Sin is universal, and thus all men seek to rid themselves of the guilt which sin brings.

Throughout history, there have been many different ways in which men have sought to destroy guilt. They seek to destroy it through religion, ecstasy, self-torture, sacrifice, ignorance, and more. But they refuse to turn to God because they hate Him. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations and their foolish heart was darkened (Romans 1:21).

And so the question must be asked: How bad is sin? But can such a question even be fully answered with human language? Can any man fully describe God's infinite hatred of sin?

In order for the wickedness of sin to be known, at the very least, the basic concept and definition of sin must be known. Simply put: sin is the breaking of God’s law. It is any thought or action which fails to give glory to God.

The greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30). To fail to follow the greatest command is sin. Sin is anything which is done without an all encompassing love for God. Sin is of such wickedness that it condemns men to physical death... a death which in all of history only two men, Enoch and Elijah, have ever escaped (and that only by the grace of God).

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Quote of the Day #3 - Charles Spurgeon

Charles Spurgeon on the subject of entertainment and amusement:
I have nothing to say against recreation in its proper place. Certain forms of recreation are needful and useful; but it is a wretched thing when amusement becomes a vocation. Amusement should be used to do us good “like a medicine”: it must never be used as the food of the man. From early morning till late at night some spend their time in a round of frivolities, or else their very work is simply carried on to furnish them funds for their pleasures. This is vicious. Many have had all holy thoughts and gracious resolutions stamped out by perpetual trifling. Pleasure so called is the murderer of thought. This is the age of excessive amusement: everybody craves for it, like a babe for its rattle.
~Charles Spurgeon (2040.476)

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Friday, August 20, 2010

All Men Are Guilty - The Christian Worldview


All men are guilty before God. Ever since Adam sinned, humanity has had one consistent problem— the problem of sin. Sin is universal. No human society has ever escaped its grasp. No government, Christian or secular, has ever brought their society into a state of perfection. Not even the most moral civilizations in history have ever produced a single man deserving of God’s love.

Even a quick examination of Scripture will reveal that men are constant offenders of the Most High God. All men have sinned. All men have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Solomon states in Ecclesiastes 7:20 that there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and never sins. The evidence of the validity of these statements can be found on every page of human history (see How Bad Is Sin?).

God’s standard is perfection. From the book of James it is clear that whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law (James 2:10-11). In the same way, if you do not commit theft, but you fail to love the Lord with all your heart, you have become a transgressor of the law. If you are a human being, you are guilty before God. And without the blood of Jesus Christ, your guilt and your sin will remain. You can try to do good things and earn your way to heaven, but Scripture is clear: by the works of the law no one will be declared right before God (Romans 3:20).

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Quote of the Day #2 - Bunyan



This is an excerpt taken from the very beginning of Pilgrim's Progress, a book which is an allegory of the Christian life. In this excerpt, The evangelist is warning the main character, Christian, of the judgment to come (emphasis added):
Then he [The Evangelist] gave him [Christian] a parchment roll, and there was written within, Flee from the wrath to come. The man, therefore, read it, and looking upon Evangelist very carefully said, Whither must I fly? Then said the Evangelist, Keep that light in your eye, and go up directly threreto: so shalt thou see the gate, at which, when thou knockest, it shall be told thee what thou shalt do. So I saw in my dream that the man began to run. Now, he had not run far from his own door but his wife and children, perceiving it, begain to cry after him to return; but the man put his fingers in his ears, and ran on, crying, Life! Life! Eternal life! So he looked not behind him, but fled towards the middle of the plain.
~John Bunyan (Pilgrim's Progress)

When a person becomes a Christian, it is no longer a priority to listen to the world. It is no longer a priority to care what the world may think. Everything changes. The world looks completely different. All of the temporal pleasures of this world become less enjoyable because a greater joy has been found. Thus you place your fingers in your ears, for you no longer care about the world's opinion, and you run like a lunatic crying, Life! Life! Eternal life!

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Fall: Merciful Curses - The Christian Worldview


Eve was deceived by Satan and sinned, thus humanity fell from perfection. Pain entered the world. Disease and death have wrecked havoc ever since. But what if God had left the world in its perfect state? What if God had not given humanity any consequences for such sinful actions?

The curses in Genesis 3 were certainly acts of judgment, but they were also acts of mercy. While the curses definitely inflict pain, they also serve as a reminder of the fallen state of humanity. Whenever you are sick or in pain... whenever you look around and see death and destruction... whenever you can see nothing but the miseries of this world, it is God calling out. It is God reminding humanity of the horrific consequences of sin.

Without these reminders, and without God working to restrain man's wickedness, everyone would perish. Imagine what would have occurred if shame had not entered the world when Adam and Eve sinned. They would not have covered themselves. Instead, they would have continued delighting in their sin. The wickedness of their sin would have grown deeper and deeper- and they would have had no conscience to hold them back. They would have joyfully spent all the days of their lives living in sin (without one reminder of their fallen condition) and upon death they would be cast straight into hell.

God has designed the present world in such a way so that pain reminds men that they are fallen. True and everlasting joy can never be found in any type of sin in this world. No matter how hard men try, they will never find true satisfaction in sin. But whoever drinks of the water which Christ gives will never thirst again (John 4:14). True and everlasting satisfaction can only be found in seeking and pursuing God. He is the only eternal being, and thus He is the only source of perfect and everlasting joy.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Quote of the Day #1 - Spurgeon


Since this is the first Quote of the Day, here's a little explanation: It sounds like what it is, a random (and hopefully profound and insightful) quote. Some days they will be long, and some days they will be short. Some days I may expand upon the quote, and some days I may just leave the quote as is. I will try to include the source of the quote as much as possible.

Since this is the first quote, I have posted one of my favorites. Here it is:
We never sent to him; he sent to us. Suppose that, after we had all sinned, we had fallen on our knees, and cried importunately, "Oh, Father, forgive us!" Suppose that day after day we had been, with many piteous tears and cries, supplicating and entreating forgiveness of God. It would be great love then that he should devise a way of pardoning us. But no; it was the very reverse. God sent an ambassador of peace to us; we sent no embassage to him. Man turned his back on God, and went farther and farther from him, and never thought of turning his face toward his best Friend. It is not man that turns beggar to God for salvation; it is, if I may dare to say it, as though the Eternal God himself did beg of his creatures to be saved. Jesus Christ has not come into the world to be sought for, but to seek that which is lost. It all begins with him. Unsought, unbidden by the object of his compassion, Jesus came into the world. 
 -Charles Spurgeon (Herein Is Love)

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Fall: Humanity Cursed - The Christian Worldview


The curse proceeding the fall of man provides answers to many of the questions commonly posed to Christians: Why is there pain in the world? Why is there death? If God really exists, why do all such things happen?

Pain and death exist because Adam and Eve failed to obey their Creator. The problems and tragedies in this world are constant reminders that man has failed to properly glorify God. The curse on humanity can be divided into two sections: One part is directed toward the woman, the other part is directed toward the man.

To the woman, God states that He will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth (Genesis 3:16). The latter part of the curse directed toward the woman is more controversial: your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you (Genesis 3:16). This desire cannot refer to sexual desire, for if it was, God would surely have said the same thing to the man. Consequently, it must refer to a woman's desire to rule over her husband, yet despite this desire, the man will rule over you.

Throughout history, men have always tended to rule over women (and a little bit more), a fulfillment of the curse. But among Christians, things should be different. While the New Testament does make clear that the husband is to be the head of the household (Ephesians 5:22-33, Colossians 3:18-19), it also commands men to love their love their wives just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her (Ephesians 5:25). Men are not to rule with dominating authority and power, but with love. The world laughs at such ideas and sees them as enslaving to women. But is it not Christ who truly sets the Christian free? So if a man seeks all the days of his life to love his wife as Christ loved the church, how is this enslaving?

The remaining part of the curse is directed towards the man. He will spend all the days of his life working and sweating. Because of sin, weeds will grow to make his task harder. And as God had warned man that if he ate from the tree he would surely die, so here (although man is already spiritually dead) physical death is promised to him. For you are dust, And to dust you shall return (Genesis 3:19).

The good news is that despite man's sinful condition, the gift of salvation is still offered. But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:22-23).

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Fall: Satan is Cursed - The Christian Worldview


After Adam had finished blaming God for his sinful state, God did not first curse Adam or Eve, but Satan. While it seems unlikely that this was the first time Satan had been cursed, it would venture into mere speculation to discuss what God may have told Satan after his rebellion in heaven. Nonetheless, here the book of Genesis gives the account of the curse which God placed upon Satan. The curse appears to have two possible audiences: the serpent and Satan himself.
The LORD God said to the serpent,
"Because you have done this,
Cursed are you more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you will go,
And dust you will eat
All the days of your life;
And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel.
(Genesis 3:14-15)
Commentators have many opinions as to which parts of the curse apply to the snake and which parts apply to Satan. Generally, the many differing opinions can be split into two groups: those who believe that some of the curse applies the serpent and some of the curse applies to Satan, and those who believe that the curse applies exclusively to Satan.

If the animal species of serpents was cursed above all cattle, why would Jesus command the twelve disciples to be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves (Matthew 10:16)? However, neither would it make complete sense to refer to Satan as a beast of the field. There is also some question as to whether to apply the following statement to Satan or to the serpent: on your belly you will go. It could, of course, apply to Satan's degraded position, but others believe that it indicates that serpents had legs before the fall.

However, one thing can definitely be agreed upon concerning this curse: a promise is made. Adam and Eve sinned— so what did God do? He cursed Satan. He promised that man would bruise Satan on the head. The only man to strike a fatal blow to the head of Satan is Jesus Christ. And so the first mention of the Messiah to come occurs just after the fall. In the middle of all the chaos at the beginning of creation, God already had a plan. A plan which He knew He would put into action before He created the world: Salvation through the cross.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Fall: No Repentance - The Christian Worldview


For the first time in human history, man delighted in sin (see The Fall). But the sweetness of Adam and Eve's experience did not last long. Sin quickly became bitter. Shame entered into the world. They sought to run, to hide, to escape. Their minds and hearts had been altered and they foolishly imagined they could triumph over their Creator.

They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden (Genesis 3:8). This is a shocking statement. Adam and Eve deserved immediate death; they deserved hell. Yet God does not come sprinting, or even jogging, He comes walking. He is full of mercy and gives them time to repent.

Tragically, there is no mention of either Adam or Eve coming to repentance. Rather than falling down to the ground in tears, Adam blamed God for the situation. Adam claimed that he did not sin of his own accord. It was the woman's fault (Genesis 3:12). But ultimately, Adam blamed God. It wasGod's fault; God was the one who created Eve.

There is a difference between shame and repentance. Adam and Eve were shameful over what they had done, but they had no desire to turn and change. They were not fully satisfied with their sin, but rather than seeking for satisfaction in God, they continued in an empty pursuit of sin. A pursuit which most men seek until death. But Christ sets believers free from slavery to sin and gives them new life, enabling them to pursue God and find true satisfaction in Him.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Fall - The Christian Worldview


Scripture does not record the exact date in which Adam and Eve revolted against their Creator. It is reasonable to conclude this event occurred after the 7th day of history, after Satan's rebellion, but well before the 130th year of history (Genesis 5:3 records Adam was 130 years old when he became the father of of Seth). After Satan rebelled, he went to the earth where he made his attempt to convince humanity to join him— to join him in his rejection of God.

In Genesis 3, Satan is referred to as the serpent (see Revelation 13:9 for further confirmation of this). Various passages throughout Scripture indicate that demonic beings are capable of possessing both humans and animals (see Matthew 8:32 for the account of the demon possessed pigs). In the Garden of Eden, Satan was not only capable of possessing the snake, but was also able to speak through it.

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?" (Genesis 3:1 ESV). The way in which Satan posed this question shows that he was seeking for Eve to reject both the wisdom and integrity of God. The woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die'" (Genesis 3:2-3). Eve's response shows that she knew exactly what God had commanded, she was not in ignorance.

The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die! "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil" (Genesis 3:4-5). It is at this point that the fall of humanity occurred. When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate (Genesis 3:6). Eve was attracted to the Satan's lies instead of God's truth. She planned her rebellion, stepped forward, and ate of the fruit in hopes of becoming like God. She saw sin as sweet and shared in the delight with her husband.

But the sweetness lasted only for a short time. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings (Genesis 3:7). Evil was injected into the human race for the first time and shame followed. However, Adam and Eve did not repent. Instead, they tried to hide from their Creator.

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Saturday, August 07, 2010

An Introduction: The Unending Riches To Be Found In Christ - The Gospel (Part 1 of ∞)


This is this is the first part in a series of posts that has no definite end (thus the reason for the infinity symbol: ∞). The posts in this series are written in such a way that you can read them in whatever order you want. I hope that this series is encouraging and that the posts in it help you grow in your love and admiration for Christ.


It is an eternal joy to know that no man will ever be able to fully comprehend or explain the supreme beauty and worth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Proclaiming the good news through preaching "is a task of a painter without a brush. It is absolutely impossible! Your whole task in life is to do something that you know from the outset you will miserably fail in doing - and that is to paint a picture of Jesus Christ!" (Paul Washer - Quote of the Day #100)

Jesus Christ is the most intriguing person to ever walk on this planet. Everything was made through Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16). He is the great Light which the darkness of the world can never extinguish (John 1:5). By Him, believers of all ages are saved from the eternal wrath of God, which they rightly deserve. He is the way, the truth, and the life and no one comes to the father except through Him (John 14:6).

John Flavel, in his sermon The Fountain of Life, states, "Again, let Christ but manifest Himself and dart the beams of His light into their souls, it will make them kiss the stakes, sing in flames, and shout in the pangs of death, as men divide the spoil."
For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
~Colossians 1:13-14

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Thursday, August 05, 2010

The First Marriage - The Christian Worldview


On the sixth day of the history of the world, the first marriage occurred. Adam, the first man, was created on this day of dust from the ground (Genesis 2:7). God then saw that Adam needed a helper (Genesis 2:18). Thus the first recorded surgery in history occurred. God removed one of Adam's ribs (Genesis 2:21). From that rib, God formed Eve, the first woman.

The first marriage in history was an arranged marriage. There was only one man and one woman. Adam did not have multiple options and neither did Eve. Their marriage was the only perfect marriage in all of history— for the world was still without sin. Adam and Eve were perfect.

At the very beginning of history, God established marriage between one man and one woman. For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh (Genesis 2:24). Throughout the Old Testament many powerful men tended to stray into the practice of polygamy (see What Does the Bible Say About Polygamy?). Such sin ravished their families, favoritism was everywhere (take Joseph for instance).

Jesus reaffirmed the validity of the institution of marriage when He confronted the Pharisees regarding the subject of divorce (Matthew 19:4-6). Jesus added concerning marriage, So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate (Matthew 19:6). In the book of Ephesians, Paul also also quotes from the Genesis 2 account of the establishment of marriage and compares the marriage relationship to Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:22-33).

Lastly, marriage appears to be a temporary establishment. Responding to a question from the Sadducees, concerning who a woman who married seven times would be married to, Jesus stated, For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like the angels in heaven (Matthew 22:30, Mark 12:25, Luke 20:35). However, this does not necessarily mean that believers will forget about the people they knew on earth in heaven. Scripture seems to indicate that believers will recognize people that they knew of when they lived on earth. Jesus, for instance, says, I say to you that many will come from the east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 8:11).

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