Foundational Facts About the Family

In the beginning, what God created was orderly. God made everything and pronounced it all “good” and “very good” (Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31). But when man was first created, he had no helper of the same nature, and God said that it was “not good” for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18).

Therefore, God made man and woman whole in the relationship of marriage. It did not take long for man to turn order into disorder. In Genesis 4:19, the Bible says, “And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.” Polygamy was introduced and exists until now. Although civil law proclaims it acceptable, people today have multiple wives because they have not divorced for the only acceptable reason: fornication (Matthew 5:32; 19:9). This produces a condition of adultery (Romans 7:2-3), and will cause someone to be condemned if it is not corrected (Hebrews 13:4; Revelation 21:8).

But thinking positively, if our home is to be acceptable, it must first be entered with the full intention of permanence (Genesis 2:24).

Second, it must recognize that divorce is an abomination to God (Malachi 2:13-16). God witnessed the weeping, sighing, and dealing treacherously in marriage among the Israelites.

Third, it must employ the elements of love to solve every problem (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). Where love is present, good is done (Ephesians 5:22-31; 1 Peter 3:1-7). On the contrary, where strife exists, the result will be evil (Galatians 5:15; Ephesians 4:26-27).

Fourth, it must have both spouses working for an eternal end based on principles of truth.

Kyle Campbell

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