For the Children

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At this point, we would do well to stop and ask ourselves why the state has anything to say about marriage at all. Why does the state outlaw polygamy? Why does it regulate divorce? Why does it give any favorable or unfavorable treatment to married couples?

Maybe marriage is church business after all and the state should just butt out. Many actually recommended repealing all the marriage laws and leaving it to churches to do as they will.

Well, there is a reasoning behind these things. And it can be found in the Bible. If God established and ordered marriage, he had a reason for doing so. And that reason, irrespective of religion, may be why the state has an interest. We can start (as most biblical conversations on marriage do) in Genesis 1.


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Ronald L. Dart

Ronald L. Dart

People around the world have come to appreciate Ron’s easy style, his non-combative approach to explaining the Bible, and the personal, almost one-on-one method of explaining what’s going on in the world in the light of the Bible. After retiring from teaching and church administration in 1995 he started Christian Educational Ministries and the Born to Win radio program.

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