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The Divine Institution

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“Marriage and the Sabbath had their origin, twin institutions for the glory of [Yahuwah] in the benefit of humanity.” Adventist Home, p. 340.

[Yahuwah] Himself gave Adam a companion. He provided 'an help meet for him'--a helper corresponding to him--one who was fitted to be his companion, and who could be one with him in love and sympathy. Eve was created from a rib taken from the side of Adam, signifying that she was not to control him as the head, nor to be trampled under his feet as an inferior, but to stand by his side as an equal, to be loved and protected by him. A part of man, bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh, she was his second self; showing the close union and the affectionate attachment that should exist in this relation. 'For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it.' 'Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one.'” Adventist Home, p. 25.

"After the creation of Adam every living creature was brought before him to receive its name; he saw that to each had been given a companion, but among them 'there was not found an help meet for him.' Among all the creatures that [Yahuwah] had made on the earth, there was not one equal to man. And [Yahuwah] said, 'It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.' Man was not made to dwell in solitude; he was to be a social being. Without companionship the beautiful scenes and delightful employments of Eden would have failed to yield perfect happiness. Even communion with angels could not have satisfied his desire for sympathy and companionship. There was none of the same nature to love and to be loved.

"[Yahuwah] Himself gave Adam a companion. He provided 'an help meet for him'--a helper corresponding to him--one who was fitted to be his companion, and who could be one with him in love and sympathy. Eve was created from a rib taken from the side of Adam, signifying that she was not to control him as the head, nor to be trampled under his feet as an inferior, but to stand by his side as an equal, to be loved and protected by him. A part of man, bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh, she was his second self, showing the close union and the affectionate attachment that should exist in this relation. 'For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it.' Ephesians 5:29. 'Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one.'

"[Yahuwah] celebrated the first marriage. Thus the institution has for its originator the Creator of the universe. 'Marriage is honorable' (Hebrews 13:4); it was one of the first gifts of [Yahuwah] to man, and it is one of the two institutions that, after the Fall, Adam brought with him beyond the gates of Paradise. When the divine principles are recognized and obeyed in this relation, marriage is a blessing; it guards the purity and happiness of the race, it provides for man's social needs, it elevates the physical, the intellectual, and the moral nature." Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 46.

"[Yahuwah] has placed men in the world, and it is their privilege to eat, to drink, to trade, to marry, and to be given in marriage; but it is safe to do these things only in the fear of [Yahuwah]. We should live in this world with reference to the eternal world. The great crime in the marriages of the days of Noah was that the sons of [Yahuwah] formed alliances with the daughters of men. Those who professed to acknowledge and revere [Yahuwah] associated with those who were corrupt of heart; and without discrimination they married whom they would. There are many in this day who have no depth of religious experience, who will do exactly the same things as were done in the days of Noah. They will enter into marriage without careful and prayerful consideration. Many take upon themselves the sacred vows as thoughtlessly as they would enter into a business transaction; true love is not the motive for the alliance." Messages to Young People, p. 456 .

Marriage is a divine institution of [Yahuwah] which man has perverted. [Yahuwah’s] plan for marriage and the home are clearly outlined in the Bible. We encourage you to take the quiz next to test your knowledge of biblical principles on marriage.