They are equal in being, in worth, but not identical in person (cf. But God made "two individuals, identical in general form and characteristics, but each containing within itself something lacking in the other and complementary to the other."2 A world made up exclusively of members of either sex would not be complete.
True fulfillment can come only in a society that involves both male and female.
However, it is the hope of the church that, if the member chooses a marriage partner who is not a member of the church, the couple will realize and appreciate that the Seventh-day Adventist minister, who has covenanted to uphold the principles outlined above, should not be expected to perform such a marriage.
If an individual does enter into such a marriage, the church is to demonstrate love and concern with the purpose of encouraging the couple toward complete unity in Christ.
In establishing the Sabbath, God gave human beings a time of rest and renewal, a time for fellowship with Him. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." The term man is used here (in both the Hebrew and the English) in the generic sense, as it is more than 500 times elsewhere in the Old Testament. The text makes clear that it was not a case of the male being created in the image of God and the female in the image of the man.1 On the contrary, both were made in the image of God. The family and the home are built upon the fact of sexual differentiation.
In forming the first family, He established the basic social unity for humanity, giving them a sense of belonging and providing them with an opportunity to develop as well-rounded persons in service to God and others. Genesis , 27 describes God's creation of the human beings who were to inhabit this earth: "Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.' . Just as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are God, male and female together are to make up "man." And like the Godhead, though they are to be one, they are not the same in function. Their physiques are complementary, their functions cooperative. God could have propagated life on earth without creating male and female, as is demonstrated in the asexual reproduction of some forms of animal life.
Instead, many families demonstrate the thoughts and intents of the selfish human heartquarrelling, rebelliousness, rivalry, anger, impropriety, and even cruelty.
Yet these characteristics were not part of God's original plan.
The Scriptures counsel, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers" (2 Cor.The establishment of these two institutions culminated God's creation of this earth.They were His finale, the best of the exceedingly good gifts He gave humanity at Creation.They are serving two masters, between whom there can be no concord. Marriages are more likely to endure, and family life to fulfill the divine plan, if husband and wife are united and are bound together by common spiritual values and lifestyles.However pure and correct one’s principles may be, the influence of an unbelieving companion will have a tendency to lead away from God."—The Spirit of Prophecy consistently counsels against marriage between "the believer and the unbeliever" and further cautions against uniting with fellow Christians who have "not accepted the truth for this time."—, vol. For these reasons, the The church recognizes that it is the prerogative of the individual to make the final decision relative to the choice of a marriage partner.Jesus said, "From the beginning it was not so" (Matt. From the Beginning The Sabbath and marriage are two of God's original gifts to the human family.They were intended to provide the joys of rest and belonging regardless of time, place, and culture.Equality is no question here, for both are essential.During his first day, Adam, the firstborn and so the head of the human race, 3 sensed his uniquenessthere was no other like him.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.