The Repercussions of Redefining Marriage

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Excerpt 1: The Repercussions of Redefining Marriage

  1. Why did God institute marriage in the Garden of Eden?
  2. Why is the concept of same-sex marriage not consistent with God’s design and purpose of marriage?
  3. Even though God allows divorce because of the sinfulness of mankind, why does God hate divorce?
  4. In Ephesians 5:32, the Apostle Paul says that marriage points us to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  How/why is that true?  (Consider all of Ephesians 5)


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Excerpt 2: Repercussions of Redefining Marriage

  1. Look up the following scriptures and meditate on the following truths: Marriage is a human relationship ordained and instituted by God (Malachi 2:14-16). His original design was one man and one woman united by covenant and sexual union for life (Genesis 2:23-4). The relationship was a mystery in that it set forth symbolically in physical form the relationship between himself and his people (Eph. 5:21-33; Isaiah 54:5; Hosea 2:14-23; Ezekiel 16; Jeremiah 3:20).
  2. God knows what He is doing.  Even secular social sciences affirm the wisdom of traditional marriage as a design that is most beneficial for children and society.  If marriage becomes a relationship based merely on an “emotional bond” what is the likelihood that marriage will survive?


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Excerpt 3: Part 2 Repercussions of Redefining Marriage

  1. Is it not reasonable to fear that redefining civil marriage would make it more socially acceptable for fathers to leave their families and for unmarried parents to put off firmer public commitment? Why?
  2. How does adultery and divorce among parents harm children?
  3. In the manifesto “Beyond Same-Sex Marriage,” 300 leading LGBT and “allied” scholars and activists promote multiple partner relationships. NYU Professor Judith Stacey promotes “small group marriages.” University of Calgary Professor Elizabeth Brake supports “minimal marriage,” in which people distribute whichever duties they choose, among however many partners, of whatever sex. How would such principles hurt children?


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Excerpt 4: Children will be hurt most if marriage is redefined

  1. University of Virginia sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox says that “men and women bring different gifts to the parenting enterprise” and children benefit from having parents with distinct parenting styles.” He concludes “family breakdown poses a serious threat to children and to the societies in which they live.” In 2013 it was argued before the Supreme Court that it is at least reasonable to fear that redefining civil marriage would make it more socially acceptable for fathers to leave their families, for unmarried parents to put off firmer public commitment, or for children to be created for a household without a mother or father. Do you agree?
  2. What do you think about a society declaring that it is “good” that certain families deny children the chance to have a father or a mother?


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Excerpt 5: What is best for children?

  1. Robert Peter George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, where he lectures on constitutional interpretation, civil liberties and philosophy of law. He also serves as the director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. George has been called America’s “most influential conservative Christian thinker.” He is a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and the Herbert W. Vaughan senior fellow of the Witherspoon Institute. In 2012-13, he is a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. Dr. George warned the Supreme Court in 2013 that that if the court legalizes gay marriage, “our law, public schools, and media would teach that mothers and fathers are fully interchangeable” and that “only bigots think otherwise.” Do you agree that such a widespread belief would be disastrous, diminishing “the social pressures and incentives for husbands to remain with their wives and biological children?”
  2. Do your children understand the importance of mothers and fathers?  Are you a good example for them to follow?


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Excerpt 6: Defending the traditional definition of marriage

  1. Marriage is the divine union of a man and woman so that they may together obey, worship and glorify God. According to the Bible, marriage is not only designed by the Creator as an arena for human happiness and the continuation of the human race–it is also the arena of God’s glory, where the delights and disciplines of marriage point to the purpose for which human beings were made. Marriage is about our happiness, our holiness, and our wholeness–but it is supremely about the glory of God. When marriage is entered into rightly, when marriage vows are kept with purity, when all the goods of marriage are enjoyed in their proper place–God is glorified.  How is Satan attacking God’s definition and purpose of marriage in your generation?
  2. Pray for marriages in your church and the children in those families.
  3. Are you talking enough to your children about the real meaning and purpose of marriage and why any redefinitions will be detrimental on personal, spiritual, and social levels?


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