Puritan Board Freshman
What are the primary ends of marriage other than procreation?
I appreciate WCF's clarity on this, especially as noting uncleanness. While sex in marriage won't fix any sexual hang ups one might have before marriage, it is the proper outlet for sexual desire and can prevent a lot of problems. I mention that because I just finished reading medieval history, which dealt with enforced celibacy.WCF:
Marriage was ordained for the mutual help of husband and wife, for the increase of mankind with a legitimate issue, and of the Church with an holy seed, and for preventing of uncleanness.
Indeed. From what I have heard the Hebrew word for helper is better conveyed "necessary ally."The name Adam = mankind. Man is not mankind unless there is woman. Woman completes man, since Adam needed her when in his innocency.
"Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day." (Gen. 1:31)
"And the Lord God said, 'It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.'" (2:18)
Apart from creating woman in day 6, the creation of mankind would not have been "very good." If we limit the "need" for woman to procreation, we haven't understood "comparable to him." She is to help him in all things, not just the propagation of the race.
I honestly think that men would respect women much more if they understood the Genesis account as it was written.