Why is it so wrong for believers and unbelievers to marry?

Genesis 6:9-12  When the women of Cain, the daughters of men married the sons of God, the men of Seth’s family, wickedness reigned on the earth.   Seth was a godly man and so were his early descendants but it is suggested they married ungodly women. “Do not be yoked with unbelievers.” (II Corinthians 6:14-16) Believers should not marry unbelievers. The unbeliever may influence the believer to depart from their faith.

 

 

Noah, a righteous man and blameless among his people, was the only one who wanted communion with the Lord.  He kept himself apart from the horrible sins and wickedness, which surrounded him.  He served the Lord God.  He was a preacher of righteousness but a preacher who had no converts. In II Peter 2:5 and 9 it says, “If he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others….then the Lord knows how to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment.”

Noah and his family stood alone on the face of the entire world to take a stand against evil.  Could you stand alone against everyone and all public opinions?  If you and your family were the only ones on the entire earth who loved and served God could you speak against the decay of today’s society?  Could you make a difference to lead others to repent from their evil ways and serve the Lord?

 

 

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I’VE BEEN STRUGGLING

Close your eyes and imagine me wrestling on the floor with a woman twice my size and determined to beat me. That’s what it felt like.

She said, “God doesn’t send anyone to Hell.” 

“That’s right,” I said.  “God gave each of us a free will and we chose to love and serve God or follow a sinful life style. At the end of our lives if we do not believe in Christ, we have chosen to go with Satan.”  

She said, “God is love. He never made Hell, so it doesn’t exist.” 

“Jesus talks about Hell in Mathew 5:20-30. Our unrighteousness will take us to Hell. Jesus specifically mentions Hell fire. He also talked of Hell in Matthew 10:28 and 23:15; Mark 9:43-47 and Luke 10:15, 12:5 and 16:23.” 

She said, “I’ve read the Bible many times and Hell is not mentioned in it.”

“What Bible do you read?” 

“One like yours.”

“It is mentioned 54 times in the Holy Bible. In Luke 16 Jesus talks about Lazarus and the beggar. Lazarus went to Hell and lifted up his eyes. He saw father Abraham across a great gulf and begged Abraham to get someone to warn his brothers about Hell. And that sounds real to me.” 

“It’s not important and I don’t believe in Hell.” 

“Do you believe the country of China exists?” 

“Yes.” 

“Have you been there?” 

“No.” 

“How do you know it exists?” 

She shrugs and leaves but then comes back. “God is love and everyone will go to Heaven.” 

“If God is love why would He force everyone to go to Heaven?  I’ve met people who don’t want to go to Heaven. They don’t want to spend time with goody-goody people and sit on a cloud and strum a harp. God is love and would never force people to do what they don’t want to do.” 

She was silent.  

“God is holy and righteous.  Therefore only those of us who are righteous will be allowed in his presence.” 

“I’m righteous.” 

“How did you become righteous?” 

“I’ve always been righteous.” 

I’m getting worn out and frustrated at this point. “I was a sinner and now I’m a sinner saved by grace.  The Bible says for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:10)  Jesus blood of righteousness covers us when we acknowledge our sins and ask His forgiveness.” 

“No one is going to Hell.” She stomped away.

 This conversation went on and off again for eight months. Now she runs the other way when she sees me.

What have I done?

 

 

 

 

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Who Were the Sons of God?

Genesis 6:1-3 “When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God, saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.  Then the Lord said, “My spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal, his days will be a hundred and twenty years.”

The sons of God may have referred to the descendants of the godly line of Seth. They intermarried with the daughters of men, most likely from the ungodly line of Seth. A union of a Godly person marrying someone who was unrighteous most likely led to more corruption on the earth.

Genesis 6:4 “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days and also afterward when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them.  They were the heroes of old, men of renown.” Numbers 13:33

Deuteronomy 2:11 speaks of the Anakim as giants.  These Nehpilim were descended giants.   One Bible commentary talked of these giants as being extremely large men and terrifying in appearance.  Another Bible commentator suggested their very appearances were horrifying. These fierce and frightening giants may have been the mark put on Cain.  If that were true, they were obviously all drowned in the flood.

Genesis 6:5-8  The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.  The word grieved indicates that because of the tragic sin of the human race God’s nature had changed towards man.  The Lord hates evil and sin, which cannot exist in God’s holy presence.  There is no evil and sin in Heaven in God’s presence.  God’s attitude of mercy and patience turned to judgment for the people’s dreadful sins. God’s existence, his character and ultimate purposes remain changeless.

The grief that God experiences shows us that God desires a personal and intimate relationship with us, his creation, his people.  He possesses an intense love for us and a divine attentiveness to the troubles of the human race.  It grieves the Lord when we go our own way and do not want a personal relationship with Him.

Do you have a personal relationship with Him?

 

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