In commenting on our recent post about Marriage and the Family, Blade has submitted this question… There are many different religious, non-religious and legal viewpoints regarding right and wrong practices in marriage. For example the ideal and legal family structure in the United States is one man and one woman marry’s and then has a family together although this often ends up being multiple families in different time periods. The Muslim Religion’s practice allows one man to have up to four wives. Other religions and cultures have their own standards and laws. There are many debates around this subject. What is the viewpoint of the Holy Spirit regarding marriage and family structure?
Oh, my Holy Spirit! What do You have to say about this?
“I’m not going to answer it completely, because I’m not sure that I even support this Institution of Marriage anymore! Look what’s been done to this simple equation over the centuries! Such a mess it is! Such a huge emotional, legal and religious mess; that many people are now stepping around it, entirely. Making up their own rules, which may or may not work any better than the methods which humanity has experimented with before. But, at least, helps them to feel better about “making the bed that they must lie in” for the rest of their lives.
Whether that involves only two people… the original couple… (And, what a crazy, sexual mix which today’s definition of family can now consist of!)…. or maybe, a resulting plethora of offspring and family relations, all stuck with each other in some experimental form of emotional, physical, and legal bonding.
This may not be any more satisfactory than the hide-bound, iron-fisted, practices that the Religions have pasted upon this planet in the past; but it’s a novel approach taken by a population of human lab rats currently occupying this experimental laboratory of Planet Earth.
We are the Scientists, quietly watching these solutions From Above. Wait and see how this Millennium turns out! It can’t be any more confused and haphazard than the past thousand-year-periods have been!
Okay, Linda Layli! This is not what I wanted to say, but it’s what poured out of Me when you asked this question. As long as humans require sexual fertilization to bring new Beings into life on Earth; then it bespeaks a family of some sort to raise their young. This holds true of the other creatures, throughout the animal kingdoms, as well. Males and females share responsibility for their young. Some mate for life. Others don’t! But, it’s not necessarily dictated to the couple. That choice might be genetic; it might be practical. But, it’s not as complicated as human society has made it.
NATURE has already solved this problem, this question, quite routinely, concerning pollination to create next season’s crop….. be it cornstalks, insects, or mammals…. including human babies!”
Yes, but can we Humans really be left on our own? Isn’t that what our Society is supposed to do for us? Keep us under control? Draw limits and lines in the sand that we must live by? Can we be trusted to make these decisions all by ourselves?
“We don’t know. These questions are being put in the hopper, so to speak, in this Modern Age; and Man is experimenting with his own right to be free. As he always has. Consequently, We, Up Here, are always watching diligently, to see what you will do next. The New Millennium is writing Itself.”
So, the real question on the table is “Can Humans solve this Family vs Reproduction Question any better than Nature can?” Hmmmmm, this should be interesting!