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Jim Killebrew has 40 years of clinical psychological work for people with intellectual disabilities, and experience teaching, administration, consulting, writing with multiple publications. Dr. Killebrew has attended four Universities and received advanced degrees. Southern Illinois University; Ph.D., Educational Psychology; University of Illinois at Springfield, Counseling Education; M.A., Human Development Counseling; Northeastern Oklahoma State University, B.A., Psychology and Sociology. Dr. Killebrew attended Lincoln Christian Seminary (Now Lincoln Christian University). Writing contributions have been accepted and published in several journals: Hospital & Community Psychiatry, The Lookout, and Christian Standard (multiple articles). He may be reached at Killebrewjb@aol.com.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Biblical marriage different than same sex marriage

On May 9, 2012 President Obama announced he supports the marriage between same sex individuals.  That declaration made him the first President of the United States to officially make such a declaration.  This age-old issue continues to ring throughout our land and around the world really.  In fact, this issue has likely been around for thousands of years.  No matter how many states or nations proclaim the equality of unions between genders, either opposite or the same, there will always be one thing that the Biblical union in marriage between a man and a woman will have over all other unions, that is God’s blessing.

The state can pass laws that totally equalize the unions between genders, and in a secular, civil society that is well within their purview.  Many obviously consider it a fair thing to do, equalizing all gender unions pertaining to rights and the sharing or disposition of property.  After all, who decides that man/woman marriages deserve rights above and beyond those of man/man, or woman/woman relationships?  It is all decided in civil, legislative or judicial venues.

The difference of course becomes noticeable and apparent when a person moves his/her life from the secular life to the submission of the Christian life.  For the Christian there is a significant difference between the God-ordained sanctity of marriage and the secular, civil laws that sanction same sex marriages.  For the Christian that difference is the knowledge of living within the Will of God or not living within the Will of God.

Each individual makes free choices regarding his/her life-style.  After reading and studying the sacred Scriptures that Christians refer to as the Bible in such passages as Leviticus 18:22, 20:13 and Romans 1:25-27, 1Corinthians 6:9 and 1Timothy 1:10, each person decides what to believe.  If a person decides these Scriptures are in error or have different meanings beyond what they say, then that person is free to practice any life-style that conforms to the secular, civil laws of the state or nation in which they live.

The Christian person believes that God is unchanging.  No matter how earnestly an individual, state or nation tries to create an exact replica of God’s holy marriage; it can never be done in same-sex unions in such a way as to make God change His formula.  He established the parameters of marriage between a man and a woman as early as the Garden of Eden.  It is recorded for us in Genesis 2 the foundation of marriage: 

“Then the Lord God made a woman from the part he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. Then the man said, ‘This one at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one will be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.’”

“That is why a man leaves his father and mother and unites with his wife, and they become a new family. The man and his wife were both naked, but they were not ashamed.”  (Genesis 2:22-25)        

The conclusion of the issue will always be the fact there is a great difference between a secular, same sex marriage and a Biblical marriage; the same sex marriage disregards the Biblical injunction from God, while the Christian marriage abides within the Biblical injunction from God.  Mankind can ascribe all the rights and status they want to a same sex marriage, but it will never be a God-ordained marriage.

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