In the Western world, we’re seeing a trend where sexual immorality is becoming more accepted. At an increasing rate, people no longer believe marriage is a lifelong commitment between one man and one woman. And in recent years, it’s become more acceptable to believe that gender is fluid and that people can choose to be whatever gender they want.
In fact, to not adhere to those progressive ideals is increasingly viewed as antiquated, repressive, and harmful. Since the 1960s’ sexual revolution, culture has been pushing further away from God’s design for marriage and sexuality.
The problem is that once we start to deny God’s design for sexuality and marriage, anything can become permissible. Why can’t two men or two women get married? Why not use pornography? Why can’t children present themselves as the opposite sex? Moral relativism is permeating our culture.
Sadly, even many Christians are getting swept up in this line of thought. In an attempt to be loving, they’ve tried to redefine sin or simply refuse to call it out in the culture. But no one, including Christians, gets to define what sin is—that’s God’s role.
It’s crucial that believers today be equipped to think biblically about marriage and sexuality. We must understand the foundation God laid in His Word for marriage, gender, and sexuality. This starts with a proper understanding of Genesis.
Genesis Reveals the Biblical Worldview of Sexuality
The Bible has much to say about this topic. You could fill numerous books with studies on what the Bible says about marriage, gender, and sexuality. But for the sake of time, we will look at only a few passages in this article, starting with Genesis. (For further study, you can always browse our many videos on this topic on Answers.tv!)
The first book of the Bible reveals to us God’s design for marriage and sexuality. In Genesis 1:27, God created Adam and Eve as the first human couple. And in Genesis 2:24, we see God bring Adam and Eve together in the first marriage.
In these passages, we find God’s definition for marriage—one man and one woman. (Even though polygamy later became popular, Genesis 1-2 clearly shows that monogamy was God’s plan.)
Jesus upheld this view of marriage during His ministry on earth. In Matthew 19:4-5, He said:
“Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?”
If God and His Word are the authority, then He sets the rules, including the rules for marriage. We don’t get to define marriage however we want. Neither do we get to define gender or sexuality however we want. God alone defines these concepts.
The answer to the massive confusion we see in our culture today is a clear understanding of God’s design laid out in Genesis.
Speaking the Truth About Sexuality in Love
As we equip ourselves with biblical truth to confront the lies about sexuality and gender in our culture, it’s important that we remember that God hasn’t called us to be contentious. Defending the truth is not the same thing as defending our pride, picking fights, or being rude to others.
On the contrary, as we stand firm in God’s Word, it’s important that we speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15)—not to condemn, but to call people to God. He loves every person on this earth, and He doesn’t want any to perish but all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
As believers, we have the opportunity to share God’s love with the world, including with those who are lost in our culture’s sexual confusion. So as you logically defend the faith with apologetics, remember to always let it come from a place of love, not pride.
Learn the Biblical Worldview of Sexuality on Answers.tv
Ready to learn more about God’s design for marriage, gender, and sexuality? You’ll love Ken Ham’s presentation in Why Genesis Matters for a Biblical Worldview of Sexuality. In it, he discusses the importance of going to Genesis to learn God’s heart for sexuality and His original design of male and female.