不論你在何時何地 上帝與你同在
2012-09-07

婚姻與家庭 Marriage and the Family

婚姻是上帝在伊甸園所設立,並由耶穌所確認,為一男一女在相愛中廝守終身的結合。對基督徒而言,婚約的應許不僅是對配偶立的,也是對上帝立的,並且這種婚姻關係,應該只由信仰相同的雙方建立。

彼此相愛、尊重、有責任感,乃是構成這項關係的因素。這項關係,乃是要反映基督與教會之間的愛、聖潔、親密與關係的永恆性。至於離婚,耶穌教導說,除了姦淫之外,人若離棄配偶與另一個人結婚,就是犯了淫亂罪。雖然有些人的家庭關係不理想,但那在基督裡完全將自己許配予對方的婚姻夥伴,仍能因聖靈的帶領及教會的牧養而在愛中合一。上帝賜福家庭,要家庭的成員彼此幫助,達到完全成熟之境。

作父母的要教養兒女愛主並順從主。藉著他們的言行,來教導兒女,基督是一位慈愛的管教者。永遠溫柔、體貼,要他們成為祂身上的肢體,上帝家庭中的成員。家庭親密度增長,乃是末世福音信息的標誌之一。

Marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman in loving companionship‭. ‬For the Christian a marriage commitment is to God as well as to the spouse‭, ‬and should be entered into only‭ ‬between partners who share a common faith‭. ‬

Mutual love‭, ‬honor‭, ‬respect‭, ‬and responsibility are the fabric of this relationship‭, ‬which is to reflect the love‭, ‬sanctity‭, ‬closeness‭, ‬and permanence of the relationship between Christ and His church‭. ‬Regarding‭ ‬divorce‭, ‬Jesus taught that the person who divorces a spouse‭, ‬except for fornication‭, ‬and marries another‭, ‬commits adultery‭. ‬Although some family relationships may fall short of the ideal‭, ‬marriage partners who fully commit themselves to each other in Christ may achieve loving unity through the guidance of the Spirit and the nurture of the church‭. ‬God blesses the family and intends‭ ‬that its members shall assist each other toward complete maturity‭. ‬Parents are to bring up their children to love and obey the Lord‭. ‬

By their example and their words they are to teach them that Christ is a loving disciplinarian‭, ‬ever tender and caring‭, ‬who‭ ‬wants them to become members of His body‭, ‬the family of God‭. ‬Increasing family closeness is one of the earmarks of the final gospel message‭. (‬Gen‭. ‬2:18-25‭; ‬Matt‭. ‬19:3-9‭; ‬John 2:1-11‭; ‬2‭ ‬Cor‭. ‬6:14‭; ‬Eph‭. ‬5:21-33‭; ‬Matt‭. ‬5:31‭, ‬32‭; ‬Mark 10:11‭, ‬12‭; ‬Luke 16:18‭; ‬1‭ ‬Cor‭. ‬7:10‭, ‬11‭; ‬Ex‭. ‬20:12‭; ‬Eph‭. ‬6:1-4‭; ‬Deut‭. ‬6:5-9‭; ‬Prov‭. ‬22:6‭; ‬Mal‭. ‬4:5‭, ‬6‭.)‬