In Genesis 2:24 we read, "Genesis 2:24 "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." In Matthew 19:5 Jesus put his stamp of approval on this concept. This is not Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Catholic nor is it attributable to any religious philosophy. It is a moral principle that was put into motion "in the beginning" of bringing man and woman together as husband and wife and was stated by Adam with the approval of the Creator and the Son, Jesus. Therefore man and woman enters into a relationship that makes them even as one flesh. The closest relationship that exists among people. This applies to all people for all time.

This close relationship cannot exist between a man and a man nor a woman and a woman. They can become the very closest of friends but never can they be as "one flesh." Also this closeness cannot be accomplished until both man and woman accept and apply the conditions set forth. Man and woman living together with no intention of being husband and wife are in an adulterous relationship. Man and woman belong together as husband and wife, they become an autonomous entity known as a home or family. Nothing shall come between these two who have determined to live as "one flesh.' Not even the love and respect that children are to have for their parents.

The word "cleave" is a strange word just as many other English words are strange. It can be used as exact opposites. Sometimes it means "to cut asunder" and conversely it can mean to "adhere, stick tight or cling fast." The latter meaning is what man and woman are to do but too often we find them practicing the former definition.

Let's begin to teach our children at an early age, by word of mouth and by the example of our lives that husband and wife, mama and daddy, "adhere, stick tight or cling fast" to one another.

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