God's Alternative

   In the beginning, God established a plan. It was on the sixth day that God fashioned mankind with uniqueness.  “God created man in  His own image, …male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27)

   This was more than a gender and anatomical distinction.  God was already planning for a marital union that no other creature would know…with Himself at the center. It would be a holy relationship.
 
   Yes, God also made it clear — that His plan involved a love relationship. This plan was inferred when He took note:  “It is not good for man to be alone.  I will make a helper suitable to him.” (2:18)

   It was God who intentionally formed the first marriage between Adam and Eve (vss.20a-24). They would indeed become “one flesh” (vs.24b).

   God fashioned marriage to fulfill His plan. This was not an arbitrary, time-limited experiment.  This was a timeless strategy bathed in love.  Mankind would experience the deepest form of human love in this relationship. This included physical intimacy for the sake of procreation and pleasure.

   What God placed under the distinction of “very good” (Genesis 1:31a), Satan saw as a arena for corruption.  Indeed, we find sexual immorality as a significant sin throughout the Old and New Testaments. &nbs ...

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