The very manner in which He made men and women.
“The Sacrament of Matrimony, whereby a man and woman are joined together in a life-long union of procreative love, is a calling from God. The Creator established this purpose from the very beginning by the very manner in which He made men and women. Jesus taught that the nature of marriage itself reflects the indivisible unity of the love of God. In this way Jesus raised the natural bond of marriage to a supernatural sacrament of life and love.“1.
The Creation of Humanity
There are two stories of the Creation – referred to by psychologists as Archetypal Myths, as also is the case by the more rational Biblical exegete. Myths are powerful tools or vehicles which a. describe how something came to be such as the Origin Myth we deal with at present – the origin of humanity and b. explain or show how a certain state of affairs ceased to be or became or altered – or simply change and decay, change and enhancement.
Humanity was either created in the image and likeness of God, both men and women together.
The Creation of Man
26 And God said, Let us make man (adam) in our image, after our likeness: ….. 27 So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: (Genesis 1:26a-28 KJVS)
One single man from the dust of the earth by the breath of God ( Holy Spirit) with the first woman from one of his ribs.
The Creation of Mankind
And the LORD God formed man (adam, – Mankind) [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam (adam,), and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman (ishshah – woman, wife, female), and brought her unto the man. ( Genesis 2:7,21-22 KJVS)2.
with the following
23 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.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. ( Genesis 2:23-24 KJVS)3.
These two together very sensibly say that humankind was to procreate to populate the earth. It is the second, more personal story of Origins from which the Theology or problem arises by telling that women were not created by God, in the same manner as adam – man- but crafted by God from one of Man’s ribs and therefore ever intended to rejoin them so that they might complete Men.
Humanity was made for marriage, since neither is complete without the other – not marriage for humanity.
And who might marry – potent men and women or as near so as may be determined beforehand.
Yet if we are not speaking of a sacrament then any, without grave reason, may marry, even the impotent. Jesus brought to us a Gospel of love which was one of total inclusion so what of his words?
- Sacraments of Vocations | St. John Neumann. 2015. Sacraments of Vocations | St. John Neumann. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.saintjohnsunbury.org/sacraments/vocations. [Accessed 12 November 2015].
- Genesis 1 KJV + Strong’s. 2015. Genesis 1 KJV + Strong’s. [ONLINE] Available at: http://biblehub.com/kjvs/genesis/1.htm. [Accessed 12 November 2015].
- Genesis21 KJV + Strong’s. 2015. Genesis 2 KJV + Strong’s. [ONLINE] Available at: http://biblehub.com/kjvs/genesis/2.htm. [Accessed 12 November 2015].