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Episode Info:   Our site is about helping people recover their marriage after an affair.  But how can we talk about adultery without first knowing what marriage IS? This series will focus on erroneous views of marriage that lead to wrong expectations, attitudes, and practices.  Many bible-believing Christians go wrong because their concept of marriage is an illusion.  So we’re going to spending the month of September studying the blueprint of marriage: 1) the origin of marriage, 2) the purpose of marriage, 3) the obligation of marriage, and 4) the commitment of marriage. We talked last week about the Origin of Marriage–it began with God, who instituted it even before businesses and churches, as a foundation of society. This week we talk about another common misunderstanding: the PURPOSE of marriage. Common Misconceptions Many people think it is for procreation–or to raise godly offspring–and still others believe it is a moral sanction for sex–in other words, the purpose of marriage is so we can have sex in a way that is acceptable to God! But both of these purposes are too narrow. Sex doesn’t start a marriage and sex doesn’t end a marriage–so marriage is not “for sex”! Likewise, people can and do procreate inside, outside, along side and upside down of marriage! Mating and making babies does not equal “marriage”! So what IS the purpose of marriage? Let’s look in a couple verses! It is Not Good to be Alone Genesis 2: 18 “Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” God made Eve, not only as Adam’s HELPER, although help is one dimension of companionship, but also as his COMPANION. The reason God instituted marriage was to meet the need for intimate companionship. Marriage was designed to defeat loneliness. The essence of marriage is a COVENANT of companionship–and both parts are important: the COVENANT part…and the COMPANIONSHIP part. This same emphasis on companionship is stressed elsewhere. A Companion Who Was Formerly WILD-Now Willing to be Close! Proverbs 2: 16-17 “So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words, who forsakes the companion ofRead more »

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