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Where in the Bible does it say that marriage is between a man and a woman?

Full Question

I am trying to find the passage in the Bible where it talks about marriage being for a man and a woman.


Marriage between a man and a woman was instituted by God with Adam and Eve. Genesis 2:24 states: “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.”

In Matthew 19:4-5, Jesus reaffirms this: “He answered, ‘Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one’?”

Answered by: Jim Blackburn



  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    This explanation fails. The RCC has accepted evolution. That means there was no Adam and Eve. The Church continues to quote the allegorical story as if it still has credence, even though they know humans evolved from about 1000 different individuals belonging to different groups, according to genetic experts, and not from a single couple some 150,000 years ago. The RCC, having accepted evolution, should stop invoking these fictional characters.

  2. James A. Young Reply

    Individual prelates’ (including our holy father) opinions about evolution, do not give the THEORY any more credibility than it already stands alone with. I see no reason to believe that an omnipotent God is incapable of creating everything, just as outlined in the book of Genesis.

    1. Patrick Gannon Reply

      Am I mistaken? The RCC itself does not accept evolution – only individuals do? Can you point me to a good description of the RCC’s official positions on cosmological, human and biological evolution?
      Based on what I’ve read, I understand that the RCC agrees that there was no literal 6 day creation and that mankind evolved from lesser forms. It continues to insist that there was a literal Adam and Eve, but mounting genetic evidence does not support this. There is nothing in the bible to discuss the concept of original sin (that I can think of) besides the Genesis myth and Paul’s belief that the myth was literally true. There is nothing in the evolutionary record or archaeological record to indicate that there was once a time when there was no death (particularly since we know that something like 98% of all species have gone extinct) prior to the talking snake story.

      Here we are in the Information Age, still trying to live our lives based on Bronze and Iron Age mythology. It’s time to grow up and face the music – we simply do not know if there are any gods or afterlives. Nobody does.

      1. Atai Reply

        Evolutionary and archaeological records are wrong, there is a beginning and God created all things in the begining, God alone existed before all HE created in the begining. Evolution is a falacy because you can’t have something from nothing, and that something was created by God.

        1. Patrick Gannon Reply

          Atai I’m afraid you are confusing subjects. Evolution does not address beginnings, it addresses everything that happens AFTER the beginning – which we still don’t understand. The beginning of life refers to the first replication of simple organisms. We don’t know exactly how that first happened, but scientists think they are hot on the trail. Evolution describes how that first organism changed through natural selection to produce, over millions of years, all the plant and animal life we have now.
          What archaeological records are wrong? The dinosaur fossils are there. You can see them for yourself. You can sign up to go on digs and dig them up. No matter how many you dig up, you will never find a human fossil at the same geological level as the dinosaurs. If you do – you win a Nobel Prize and rewrite science. You can go to museums and see replications of early human fossils as well.
          If you can’t have something from nothing, then how did God come into being? God is “something,” right? You can’t say everything has to have a cause and then exempt God. That is a fallacy.
          In any event, I don’t know if you are Catholic, but if you were to do a little research you would find that the last few Popes disagree with you. They didn’t want evolution to be true, but have been forced over the last 6 or 7 decades to face the facts and Catholics are now “allowed” to believe in evolution. By the way, evolution is not something one believes in – it’s something one accepts. We believe things we don’t have evidence for. The evidence for evolution is overwhelming and something like 97% of scientists accept it. If you wish to support Creationism, the burden is on you to find peer-reviewed scientific papers published in credible journals like “Nature.” I don’t think there are any.

    2. Melissa Rodas Reply

      Evolution is accepted. However, the bible is not mean to be interpreted literally, Adam and Eve are used to reffer to the humans that existed since the time in evolution when God granted us a soul.

  3. Lamar Pinkerton Reply

    To Patrick Gannon. I applaud you and your commonsense, academic comment of 23 January 2016. Christian Mythology is just that. A great big plethora of myths and stories, none of which can be proven just as their belief in god cannot be proven either. I find it incredulous that despite the science of the 21st century continually proving the non existence of creation, that fools still believe in creation by an invisible god who despite “loving” us all, gives cancer to children and causes untold misery to millions of his deluded followers. Well said Patrick. I’d comment more but I have to do some more research on Adam and Eve. After all, they are the original incest beings, given that god only created a man and a woman, who had two boys one of which was a murderer. If we all came from them, clearly the surviving son “…lay down with his mother” to keep the populace ever growing

    1. Gerald Reply

      You said “I’d comment more but I have to do some more research on Adam and Eve. After all, they are the original incest beings, given that god only created a man and a woman, who had two boys one of which was a murderer. If we all came from them, clearly the surviving son “…lay down with his mother" to keep the populace ever growing”

      Your ignorance from what the Bible really teach doesn’t make the Bible inaccurate. Regarding your comment above about Cain here’s the answer from the Bible.

      Genesis chapters 3 and 4 present the following information: (1) Eve was “the mother of everyone living." (2) Time elapsed between the birth of Cain and his offering the sacrifice that was rejected by God. (3) Following his banishment to become “a wanderer and a fugitive," Cain worried that ‘anyone finding him’ might try to kill him. (4) God set up a sign to protect Cain, indicating that either his siblings or other relatives might try to kill him. (5) “Afterward," Cain had intercourse with his wife in “the land of Fugitiveness."—Genesis 3:20; 4:3, 12, 14-17.
      From the above, we can rightly conclude that Cain’s wife was a descendant of Eve born on an unknown date. Genesis 5:4 acknowledges that during his 930 years of life, Adam “became father to sons and daughters." Of course, the Bible does not specify that Cain’s wife was Eve’s daughter. Indeed, the fact that she is mentioned after Cain’s banishment indicates that enough time had passed that she could even have been one of Adam and Eve’s granddaughters. Hence, The Amplified Old Testament describes Cain’s wife simply as “one of Adam’s offspring."

    2. Linus Reply

      God cannot give cancer or any sickness because in heaven is no sickness.Sickness comes from satan.The devil steals kill and destroy Jesus came to give us abundantlife.God exists because I have met Him. He speaks to me .He is my Father and I experience His very presence and love.If you havent yet met Him doesnt mean He doesnt exists.Seek Him and you will find Him.Nobody comes to the Father but through Jesus Christ who died and went to hell in our place and was raised from death and He lives I have met Him He is alive He lives in me.You can met Him to if you believe

      1. Patrick Gannon Reply

        Sickness comes from Satan? How does Satan choose who to make sick? It can’t be just to punish the evil as the bible suggested, because innocent children take sick and die. Satan makes them sick, and Yahweh, the all-powerful god of the universe either fails to do anything about it, or is unable to do so.
        Which “Hell” did Jesus go to? (I know, but curious if you do).

  4. L. Wisr Reply

    What about the bible verse Leviticus 18:22?

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