God’s Creation of Marriage


There are problems any time we begin to talk about marriage and family, and we’ll think about several of those problems as we go through this course.

One of the main problems is the question about how to define family. Merriam-Webster defines family like this: “A group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head.” “A group of persons of common ancestry.” “The basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children, also: any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family.”

I generally don’t like defining words like this one from an English dictionary. I don’t like doing that because my thinking is: “If the Bible is going to be our authority, then we need to allow the Bible to define the word.” I think we obviously see the problems in defining the word “family” from Merriam-Webster from a biblical perspective.

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