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Episode Info: I believe we have made an idol out of the nuclear family unit. And we have done so to the point where those who are single are treated as having something inherently wrong with them, as if they were a leper. But far from having something wrong with them, I believe we should celebrate singleness, and see it as a normal practice. Especially considering the following statistics. According to the U.S. Census, 45 percent of the adult population is single. That is 110 million people! And, 63 percent of the adult population has never been married. According to some additional data, the average age for a man to get married is 29.8 years, and for a woman, 27.8 years. Such is significantly higher than a century ago, where the average man got married at 24.6 years of age, and women at 21.2. Should You Get Married or Stay Single? It’s a question I wrestled with for years. Especially after a broken engagement and long time of singleness until I was in my late 20’s. Such is long enough to make your mother worry. I’ve also had family and friends who have been single for a long time. Many who a good Christians. We often treat such folks as somehow defective, and missing out on life. They become second class citizens, excluded from many social circles in America and the church. Our idolatry of the nuclear family unit in the church has caused us to become suspicious of anyone who is single and over 25 in the church. Yet we never question whether or not someone should stay single or get married. And I think we never question this because we lack a serious theological framework from which to question and decide such things. I wanna take a moment and reflect on the Bible and the theology of marriage. God Blessed Marriage God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth…” Genesis 1:28 NASB We see from the beginning that creation is something that God gave mankind so that he would not be alone and that he would fill the earth. Marriage Is A Divine Picture of the Gospel in Creation “… for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church” Ephesians 5:29-32 NASB God uses marriage to provide a natural revelation to the world of a picture of what it is like to have an intimate relationship with God. Marriage is part of the Divine fingerprints of God left on the clay of creation. Marriage Is An Old Testament Construct Marriage is an awesome and good thing that God created and gifted the world with. But, contrary to Mormon theology, marriage is not an eternal thing. Marriage is fading away. According to Jesus, in the ages to come, in the new earth, nobody will be married or be given in marriage.  For in the resurrection ...
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