One Plus One

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Monday, November 28, 2016

One Plus One

There’s an old joke about a businessman who needs to hire an accountant. The businessman interviews three accountants for the position and asks each of them the same question, “What is one plus one?” The first interviewee answered the question in the traditional way, stating “Two”. The second, more creative accountant answered “Eleven.”  The third accountant gave a rather disturbing answer, “What do you want it to be?”

In a world of bank and insurance industry failures and fiscal crisis due to credit default swaps and other “creative” financial instruments, we are no longer amused at the disaster that comes from creative accounting. It is not just the business world that suffers from inappropriate creativity. The answer to “What is a marriage” also gathers a variety of creative, but non-normal answers.

In a bit of creative accounting of His own, God stated that “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24). If you do the math, it’s pretty creative – one plus one equals one, with one man and one woman creating one marriage and one flesh, not two or eleven or whatever we want it to be. This creative twist on marriage is normal because God, and God alone, has the right to be creative. He is the Creator, and if He says one plus one equals one, then so it shall be, forever.

God’s one plus one equation produces one in another way. One man and one woman create one child. Then, one man plus one woman plus one child equals one family, a further twist. One family is an example of compound unity, which should remind us to the Godhead: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

God’s creative definition of marriage and one plus one equations satisfied man for millennia and provided a good system. However, governments, under pressure from activist groups, have changed the definition of marriage. Same-sex marriage is legal in many countries, allowing marriages between two men or two women.

By Biblical standards, the concept of a same-sex marriage is a contradiction in terms. As stated not only in Genesis, but reiterated in Mark 10:8, 1 Corinthians 6:16, and Ephesians 5:31, the definition of marriage is still one man plus one woman. Contracts between same-sex partners do not constitute a marriage, nor do they honor God and His perfect plan for the family. God’s way of marital union is perfect and right. No alternative claim is valid.

Two people of the same sex cannot reproduce. This in itself should be a gigantic clue that same-sex partnerships are outside God’s intended plan. Whereas it is possible for two people of the same sex to adopt and raise a child, only God’s normal way produces a valid marriage and children. He wants us and other forms of life to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:28), increasing in number through the ordained male-female process (Genesis 1:22). No species in the animal kingdom forms a same-sex partnership for raising children and God does not appreciate man trying to rewrite His plan (Leviticus 18:22, 20:13).

Aside from the obvious moral issues, let’s look at some practical implications. The first question is “To what will we change it?” If marriage now can be between two men or two women, why stop there? As with the third accountant, it could be whatever people wanted it to be. A contract can be between multiple parties, not just two. Why not allow polygamy? Why not allow two men and one woman or two women and one man or multiple men and multiple women to enter into a marriage contract? Why not dozens or more of each?

According to contract law, these would be perfectly valid contracts among consensual parties. Moreover, if multi-party marriages are allowed, what allowances must be made when one or more parties wishes to dissolve the partnership through divorce? The possibilities are endless and fraught with problems. Marriage, and divorces, between one man and one woman is complicated enough as it is.

God gave us a perfect plan for marriage – one man and one woman. No other way works. Even though no marriage is perfect because of the sin of the participants, heterosexual marriage is God’s normal plan and He wants us to make it work. We can’t improve on the marriage plan God has given us, we can only complicate and confound it (Romans 1:24-27). One plus one is still two in math class and one man plus one woman is still the proper way for marriages to be formed, with any deviation creating major problems. Let’s leave the creative accounting up to God and stick with the normal plan for marriage that He ordained as good.

Jeff Myers
A servant of Jesus Christ

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