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According to Sacred Scripture, God instituted marriage as the pinnacle of creation. I will make a suitable partner for him. Scripture teaches that marriage is not a mere human institution, but something God established from the foundation of world. Sin not only brought about a break with God, but it also ruptured the original communion between man and woman. Adam and Eve blamed each another for what had happened and were now embarrassed by their nakedness Genesis The Old Testament shows how sin affected the goodness of marriage.
There is the polygamy of the patriarchs and kings. Men and women did not treat one another with integrity, honor and love as God had intended. Nonetheless, while sin marred the goodness of marriage, it did not destroy it. Christians are new creations in Christ, healed of sin and its effects. Marriage is also recreated and made new in Christ. Jesus tells us that in the Kingdom of God the permanent union of husband and wife that God originally intended can once more be realized see Matthew By the grace of the Holy Spirit, husbands and wives can now truly love and honor one another.
Paul tells us that marriage bears witness to the indissoluble love of Christ for his Church. Wives, too, are called to love their husbands as the Church loves Christ see Ephesians The Old Testament also shows how God taught his people to revere once more the institution of marriage. The prophets helped the people see that God had not intended husband and wife to be separated See Hosea ; Isaiah 54 and 62; Jeremiah and 31; Ezekiel 16 and 23; Malachi The books of Ruth and Tobit bear witness to fidelity and tenderness within marriage.
Because marriage is placed within the saving mystery of Jesus Christ, Catholics recognize it as a sacrament. It is a means through which husbands and wives grow in love for one another and for their children, become holy and obtain eternal life. Every marriage has challenges.
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