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Vern Kepler, Wheatland, N.D., Published July 30 2013

Letter: Holy Scripture is quite clear about God’s view of marriage

In the Sunday (July 28) Forum, I read with amazement a piece titled “Ahistorical moralists incorrect.” Apparently, author Curt Stofferahn, of Grand Forks, has not read Genesis, and I direct him to Genesis 2:22-24. That is the instruction of marriage ordained of God: “The two shall become as one flesh.”

Chapter 3 of Genesis is about the fall of man (original sin), when man defied God, even though God said “do not eat of this tree, for you shall surely die.” Man did two things that day: 1) He defied God’s command, and 2) he told God that woman made him do it, in fact lying to God.

The 19th chapter of Matthew is about Jesus when he was questioned by the Pharisees about divorce. Jesus responded to them in Matthew 19:4-6. The message was the same as that ordained of God in Genesis. He said: “Have you not read, that he who created them from the beginning, made them male and female. For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleve to his wife: and the two shall become as one flesh. What therefore God had joined together let no man separate.” Again, proof of the ordinance of marriage between a man and a woman. For the naysayer, there is left no doubt.

In Matthew 19:8-9, Jesus said: “Because of your hardness of your heart, Moses permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it had not been this way. And I say to you whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another women commits adultery.”

In Matthew 19:10, his disciples posed this question: If the relationship of the man with his wife is like this, is it better not to marry?

Matthew 19:11-12 is Jesus’ answer to that question: “Not all men can accept this statement, but only to whom it is given.”

In verse 12 Jesus talks about eunuchs, but it was only in response to the question his disciples asked, nothing more.

What I find interesting about the writer is his parsing of Holy Scriptures. I am reminded of a story once told that goes like this: The reader opened the Scriptures, and it said, “and Judas, went out and hanged himself” so he opened it again and it said, “go thou and do likewise.”

I believe that there are many denominations that have lost their way, much like in the days of Christ on Earth.

Kepler lives in Wheatland, N.D.