What the Bible Teaches

The laws of God provide the path to happy living. Departing from them is what leaves us in a dark, confused thicket.

 

The Bible defines sin as the transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4). His law simply codifies His way of life, which is love (Matthew 22:36-22:40; Romans 13:10; Galatians 5:14; 1 John 5:3). It means outgoing concern, giving and sharing, kindness and courtesy, putting the needs of another above your own. God’s way of life is the way of give.

 

The prevailing spirit of today’s society full of self indulgence, lust, greed, materialism, excess, deceit, cheating, and pride is the way of get, the way of sin. It is also the way of human nature, the way that comes naturally (e.g. Mark 7:21-7:23; Romans 8:7-8:8). God helps us overcome this natural tendency, develop righteous character, and live His way of love that produces happiness, joy, and peace.

 

One of the most powerful tools God created in order to teach us that way is family. A man learns that noble, wonderful way by absorbing himself in his God-given role within the family.

 

The Bible clearly states that God created humankind male and female (Genesis 1:26-1:27). God is the source of everything that makes men, men; and women, women. He designed the differences in physique, in emotions, in intellectual and psychological composition. He is the author of masculinity and femininity.

 

But why? Even those who claim to get their religion from the Bible, can they explain Genesis 1:27? Why did God create sex?

 

Collate all the observable and scriptural evidence, and you can clearly see that God created these differences to establish order and structure, especially within the family. “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God” (1 Corinthians 11:3). Non-Bible believers scoff at this scripture. “Christians” who don’t like it find ways to make it mean something else. But godly men and women see both the simple physical logic and the simplicity that is in Christ “Spiritual logic,” and beauty in it.

 

This is getting at the heart of true manhood and womanhood.

 

For the sake of order and organization, God created men to fulfill one set of responsibilities within the family and within society, and He created women to fill a different and beautifully complementary set of responsibilities.

 

The Bible shows that men and women, of themselves, are incomplete. After creating Adam, God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone” (Genesis 2:18). So He made Eve, literally from Adam’s rib (verses 21-22). “And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman [Hebrew, ishshah], because she was taken out of Man [Hebrew, ish]” (verse 23). Ish is the Hebrew root word for ishshah, just as man is the root for woman. The woman’s very name and original existence came out of the man as purposefully designed by God. Man and woman became “one flesh” through marriage (verse 24). God appointed the man as head of the wife (Ephesians 5:23). The woman was to be his helper, his assistant (Genesis 2:20).

 

This is the reality that God created and revealed to humankind. It is a vital key to individual, family, and societal success! Understanding and wholeheartedly embracing God’s roles for men and women brings satisfaction and fulfillment in all your most important relationships: friends, dating, marriage, family. It brings peace to your home and success to your relationships with women.

 

Are you willing to honestly evaluate yourself and your own attitudes? Are you prepared to discard wrong ideas? Will you accept truth, even when it hurts? It strains the eyes to step from a dark cave into bright sunlight, but “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (read 1 John 1:4-1:9).

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