The Bible is the Word of God and reveals God’s will. So, it is important for us to consider what the Bible says about this subject.
In the first chapter of the Bible, we read that God created man and woman, male and female, and He made them sexual beings.
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:27-28 )[i]
This scripture also shows that God created sexuality for the propagation of the human family.
The Bible shows us that marriage is to be a close, intimate oneness shared between a man and woman. He uses the term one flesh to describe it.
And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE,’ and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH’ ? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6)
The Bible compares marriage to the living bond between Jesus Christ and the church, His bride.
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. “FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (Ephesians 5:22-33)
Notice the conclusion of this description: This is a great mystery . . . Marriage is not man’s invention; it is God’s! Note the description of the first marriage in the Bible.
And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” … And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:18, 21-25)
From both the Old and New Testament, we can see that God created marriage as the only place in which human sexuality is to be shared. Human sexuality is far more than a mere physical experience. It includes the very deepest of emotional joy, pleasure, and bond. It has the ability to draw the souls of husband and wife so close that nothing but death can separate them. In fact, the Bible tells us that God joins together those who are married.
So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:6)
Let’s look further into the subject of homosexuality and discuss some questions people are asking. When using the term homosexuality, I am including lesbianism, since we are speaking of sexual activity between those of the same sex.