Instead, Scripture teaches that family was God's idea and that marriage is a divine, not merely human, institution.
The implication of this truth is significant indeed, for this means that humans are not free to renegotiate or redefine marriage and the family in any way they choose but that they are called to preserve and respect what has been divinely instituted.
Then, the inspired writer remarks, "Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh" (Genesis ESV).
This verse sets forth the biblical pattern as it was instituted by God at the beginning: one man is united to one woman in matrimony, and the two form one new natural family.
For this reason, it is not self-interest, human advantage, or an unfettered commitment to personal freedom that governs the marriage relationship, but the husband and wife's joint commitment to conduct their marriage based on God's design and sovereign plan. Marriage is a covenant, a sacred bond between a man and a woman instituted by and publicly entered into before God and normally consummated by sexual intercourse.
God's plan for the marriage covenant involves at least the following five vital principles: (1) : Marriage is intended to be permanent, since it was established by God (Matthew 19:6; Mark 10:9).
Divorce is not permitted except in a very limited number of biblically prescribed circumstances (see : Marriage is not merely a human agreement between two consenting individuals (a "civil union"); it is a relationship before and under God (Genesis ).
Hence, a "same-sex marriage" is an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms.
Mutuality, however, does not mean sameness in role.
Scripture is clear that wives are to submit to their husbands and to serve as their "suitable helpers," while husbands are to bear the ultimate responsibility for the marriage before God (Ephesians -24; Colossians ; see also Genesis , 20).