Marriage Culture

The consequences of marriage affect every aspect of society. It occupies the most intimate aspect of personal privacy and personal love and reaches the pillars of the sacred institutions of a culture. Marriage is the pillar of society, but it is also the pillar of government, business, and the military. Marriage cuts to the very heart of a nation. As goes marriage; so goes the nation. It infiltrates every aspect of human life not only for the married but also for the unmarried. When marriages prosper, the nation rises; when marriages fail, the nation falls. Divorce not only rattles the foundation of the judicial system and psychiatry, but, through its influence on children, alters the course of the next generation. Divorces are the steps to the grave of a culture and a nation. The study of culture, corporate or private, is the study of marriage.

Purpose Scope Abstract Predictions


The purpose of this article is to investigate the roots of culture; to find its seeds; and to show how these seeds motivate human behavior and lead to roles and relationships. The idea is not new, but the substance of the definitions is. The intent is to nail down the basic seeds from whence mankind and society grow. Once the seeds are defined, the results should be explanations for the most fundamental problems of our society and the ages of history. The implications for marriage, single life, divorce, government, and business should be obvious.


The beginning of mankind and the first marriage in the Garden of Eden will be analyzed. We have to start somewhere. There had to be a beginning. However, since marriage is for the entire human race, this is not a Bible lesson. Mankind will be regarded as having a soul; but the subject of spirituality will be left for future works. The Divine Laws of Marriage, however, will be honored as applicable.

The seeds of mankind will be translated into behavior, roles, and relationships. The fundamental needs of mankind will be translated into culture as a rudimentary definition of society. Society will not be analyzed to determine its idiosyncrasies, which is problem analysis; but the seeds of the source will be used to describe the trees that result. The roots of behavior will be analyzed and the fruit of the branches will be revealed.

The fundamental relationships of marriage will be defined. the applicability of these relationships to culture will be explored. Implications for single life, divorce, government, and business will be examined.


The study of Culture is overly complicated because of the assumed behavioral models. The most basic human need is life: the need for protection, deliverance, survival. The second most basic need is love: the need for companionship, a fulfilling relationship. From the basic needs for life and love proceed behavior and from behavior the roles of society. But personal flaws related to these basic needs are the seeds of discontent which destroy the fundamental institutions of society, e.g. marriage.

As goes marriage, so goes culture. When marriages fail the impact upon the rest of a culture is disastrous. The rise and fall of the individual, the marriage, business, and governments can all be charted in relation to the success or failure of marriage in a society.

Wild Predictions

"Hot Topics"

Rational People (e.g. Educators and Professionals) READ THIS:

NASA is having morale problems. The Army is having sex problems. Businesses are downsizing. Workers are disgruntled. Customers are irate. Airplanes are crashing. Divorce courts are full of greed, hate, and vindictiveness. Psychologists, psychiatrists, and counselors are in demand. All these are problems with the Culture. This article will show how marriage is a better indicator of the success or failure of an institution or business than the corporate balance sheet.

Business, Corporate, Financial People READ THIS:

"The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!"1 Wordsworth
There is nothing wrong with business; but when it hardens the heart and destroys the soul, then it is a failure. When one trades his soul for the corporate dollar, he is, in life, a failure. When the bottom line becomes the basis for decision making, when the profit motive is the basis for customer service, then the business (in spite of profits) is a detriment to our culture and our nation. Marriage and divorce are at the very heart of the business establishment. When business hardens one's heart or divorce reeks havoc on the business, the culture is the issue, and marriage is its source. If you want to learn about business and service to mankind, start with the marriage culture.

Politicians READ THIS:

Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill will haunt you to the grave. Dan Quayle is the only one with a clue: It is a question of values.2 It's not the economy, stupid. It's not the budget, not crime, not entitlements, not social security, not legislation and litigation. It's not abortion and teen pregnancy; nor drugs; nor education. It's that bond between a man and a woman in marriage that breeds patriotic success; and when it is broken, like your broken promises, it breeds corruption in every sector of government. Political climate and culture begin with marriage.

Lawyers READ THIS:

Your clients whether civil or criminal, all have a common problem: They are part of a society that is being torn apart at the seams. What makes a loving woman vent venom and wrath in a divorce? What makes people lust for property or blood to satisfy their souls? Take a look at their family background and their marriage, and you'll have a clue. Do they have a loving marriage? Are they screaming in agony from having the most intimate relationship ripped from their soul without anesthetic?

Law Enforcement READ THIS:

A lawless society is a degenerate society. You are the FLOT (Forward Line of Troops) of protection for our nation - not the military! Our nation will not fall from the outside but from within. Domestic disputes are a nightmare, the new battle front. A criminal you can shoot, but inside the home you are treading on thin ice. What makes marriage degenerate into such vengeance? When you see them at each other's throats inside the home, you guess it's the marriage; but when you encounter them on the street, why do you think it's something else? It isn't drugs but marriage that is the source of lawlessness and rebellion.


You are presiding over a national crisis. Your nerves are shot; you are biased. The ghost of the American wife haunts you in every decision, criminal and civil. The husband who doesn't understand women comes to a court system that doesn't understand love or marriage. The seeds of discontent that you judge are beyond your jurisdiction. You should throw more cases out of court. The court system was never designed to handle this crisis.

Psychologists, Medical, Psychiatric, Counselors READ THIS:

When you diagnose the symptoms, how much do you know about the patient's marriage? The marriage is the most intimate ticker in the soul. You've seen the damage a divorce causes, but have you tried to correlate the seeds of psychosis and neurosis? Or what about the headaches, the backaches, nearsightedness and stress? The sources of our discomforts are deeper than our means of discerning. The roots reach to the sources of life and love - the marriage bond.

Dentists READ THIS:

Did you ever wonder why there are two sets of teeth and each has a twin? Solomon did. The teeth represent Right Man - Right Woman. Each person has his counterpart by divine design. The teeth with their central nerves can be the source of excruciating pain just as a marriage. The upper teeth represent Right Man and the lower teeth represent Right Woman. Did you ever ask a patient in the last phases of a molar dying, how things are going with their husband or wife?

Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen READ THIS:

In time of war you are called upon to lay down your life for your wife and family. Or you may be single; in which case you fight for your Right Woman, whom you may never have met. I had a buddy who died in Viet Nam, who left a wife and baby behind. This is a demonstration of virtue-love: When one is willing to give his life for the one he loves. In today's military, however, the seeds of marital discontent are the cancer that will nip at your heels and destroy you from within. Marital problems are the source of the sex scandals in the military.

Playboys, Wild Women, Sex Crazed READ THIS:

If you are interested in sex, that's normal. If you are obsessed by it, you may actually understand this article; and, hopefully, you will learn that there is a whole new dimension to sex. The gift of sex was from God - not apes. In the human race it is for marriage only. With sex is the dimension of love, which is beyond imagination in its climaxes. When love is expressed, sex is fulfilling. Without love, sex is frustrating and addictive. Love keeps sex under control. Wild sexual desire for a paramour outside marriage indicates lack of love for Right Man or Right Woman. The object of desire is not the problem, nor is it human weakness. It is the sign of a problem in marriage. The wild desire won't last with the paramour any longer than the love that has now disintegrated in the marriage.

Movie Producers and Entertainers READ THIS:

What are you producing: The revelation of beauty and truth or the seeds of corruption? Do you care? If not, you're not an artist but a panderer. Love and marriage have kept your business running throughout history. Unfortunately, those civilizations are all dead. Ours is still alive but how much longer will it last? Do you know what you are doing? Are you lying in your portrayals of adultery? Are you catering to the morbid fascination with illicit sex or are you revealing the depths of love, the glory of beauty, and the immortality of truth? Are you a Pied Piper or a paragon of hope?

Cyber Surfers and Net Addicts READ THIS:

When you scour the world, you see with a power never known in history. Yet, you can't travel very far without stumbling into the garbage pits of putrefication of dying cultures from all over the planet. These cultures aren't dying because they lacked freedom or because they were underprivileged, but because they failed to accept the responsibilities for that freedom. Most of the garbage on the Internet isn't caused by uneducated bums, but by educated people who failed in marriage. The freedom of the Internet allows us to see first hand our successes and failures; and marriage is the number one failure on the list. That's why illicit sex is number one on the Internet.

Christians READ THIS:

The FLOT line today runs through marriage. This is where the doctrinal believer faces the Cosmic System. Satan opposes marriage because marriage is a divine institution. The concept of marriage is clearly taught in the Bible. The commandments include: The authority of the husband over the wife, the commandment for the husband to love his wife as Christ loved the Church, and the spiritual significance of marriage. Christian marriage is a significant part of the believer's testimony (not just on earth but in the Appeal Trial of Satan in the Supreme Court of Heaven). The Church Age believer who advances to spiritual maturity as never before in history can go back to the Garden of Eden in marriage. Our nation is in a crisis that will lead to its destruction if not checked. You, as a Christian, can turn it around. You have a responsibility to fulfill your Christian duty and execute the Plan of God. Only this can save our marriages and deliver our nation.

Other Religions READ THIS:

"For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures," (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). "For there is one God in essence and one mediator between God and mankind, the man, Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5). "There is no other name given under heaven among mankind whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). "Believe on the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved" (Acts 16:31). "He who believes on the Son has everlasting life; but he who does not believe shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him" (John 3:36). Being good will not provide spiritual regeneration for a soul in spiritual death. Only faith in Christ can save. "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves. It is the gift from God: Not by works that no one should boast" (Eph. 2:8-9).


Culture Defined

Culture refers to social values, beliefs, norms and standards. The culture of a people is analogous to the personality of a person. Just as an individual has values which motivate behavior, a people (or group of people) have values which motivate behavioral norms. The collective values of the people (or group) then motivate them and define their culture.

It would be easy to elaborate on the concept of culture and society, but that approach will not necessarily lead to a conclusion that is simple enough to understand - let alone believe. It would be simpler to seek the source of culture rather than get bogged down in examples of the results. If the truth of the source can be understood, it will be much simpler.

The Source

The most basic need of mankind is life. Life as used here is more than just breath and heartbeat. It means deliverance, protection, survival - the right to life. The term, salvation, comes the closest to the meaning. The term, salvation, in Christianity refers to spiritual deliverance (deliverance from spiritual death, eternal condemnation, hell) and is the basis for eternal life. Life, as used here, follows that same viewpoint. It is a fundamental need of all mankind. It means deliverance from any threatening force. The will to survive is obviously basic. The dying person will fight to the end to survive. The majority of people will "not go gentle into that good night."3 But life also includes living without loss of any of the necessities of life. It includes not only life but also limb. It is much more than just survival.

The will to live is the seed that sparks the fight to survive. It is a fundamental value that is inherent in every member of the human race regardless of ethnic origin. The most primitive societies as well as the most sophisticated all have this basic need. It is so fundamental that it is, indeed, instinctive. It is the seed that motivates the most basic human behavior and translates into fundamental tenets of a society, its culture.

Beyond life is love. Love is the need for companionship. In terms of priority life is higher. A person may give up love but will cling to life. Only in the case where virtue love overrules does life take a back seat to love. A person with virtue love will lay down his life for the one he loves. However, this is not the norm. A person who loses love is also for all practical purposes dead, i.e. dead in the soul.

The two fundamental tenets of a culture are, therefore, life and love. The authors of our Declaration of Independence were absolutely right: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." They understood this. How many sociologists do? So the source of human behavior and culture both stem from the need for Life and Love. These are the seeds of civilization and culture.


Garden of Eden

The history of mankind can be traced back to the Garden of Eden. (For those who are easily distracted, the purpose of this article is not to debate man's creation; but, rather, to study culture. And to do that one has to start somewhere!) Once upon a time, back in the Garden, the first human life came into being. Thus, there was human life. According to the Bible, the first man was Adam, and he lived in the Garden of Eden. This was the beginning of human life, mankind, society; and the man, Adam, symbolized life. He was the first human life, the first member of the human race.

Now Adam, who had life, still lacked one of the basic needs. He had no human companionship. So God gave him a perfect companion. He built from Adam, the perfect man, a perfect companion. The perfect companion was Ishah (Hebrew for woman). She wasn't called Eve ("mother of all living") until after the fall. The woman was for Adam the perfect relationship. The perfect relationship gave Adam love. There was no love relationship in homo sapiens until Ishah, the woman, provided it.


Garden Fruit

From the Garden, two seeds are evident: Life and Love. The human race started with two people: A male who represented life and a female who represented love. They ate fruit, and even the fruit symbolized love.

After the fall, Adam became the male protector for his wife. The woman who was Adam's wife (later named Eve) was the symbol of love because there was no love relationship in homo sapiens until she was created. Everything about the woman symbolized love.

The two people were married. The first marriage in perfect environment clearly represented the basic concepts of Life and Love. The roles of husband and wife in the first marriage were clearly discernible. Adam represented life, and the woman (later Eve) represented love. The man became the breadwinner, the worker, the protector, the leader; while the woman became the love responder, helper, homemaker. Later she would be the mother, but we will save that for later.

The best illustration of Life and Love as the seeds of culture is marriage.

Couple Picture


Marriage in the Garden of Eden

Garden Fruit

Marriage in the Garden was made up of two perfect people in perfect environment. Adam and Ishah were perfect in every way. They were trichotomous. They had a body, soul, and spirit. They were genius mentality with more capacity for life and love than any member of the human race. The perfect life that God gave them was marriage. It included phenomenal love, happiness, and fulfillment. Sex was for recreation - not procreation. And there was no family to demand attention - only perfect man and perfect woman on a perfect honeymoon.

Adam & Eve

It is interesting that God's idea of perfection was marriage - not family, business, society, or entertainment. The perfect man and woman were content with each other. Adam was the ruler of the world. All they had to do was to avoid sinning to perpetuate this state of heaven on earth. Marriage was, therefore, by order of precedent the single most important relationship in life apart from relationship with God. When the stage was set for the human race to begin, it was the marriage of the perfect man and the perfect woman that exemplified the ultimate relationship in this life.

Marriage is still the same as the precedent set in the Garden of Eden. It is designed to be the ultimate human relationship. As the scripture says,

Matt 19: 5 For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall have sex with his wife; and the two shall become one flesh; 6 Consequently, they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore, God has joined together, let no man separate.
The marriage relationship is the closest, most intimate relationship in this life. And today, as then, the husband still represents Life and the wife represents Love. These roles are still clearly discernible.

Yet, even in perfect environment with two perfect people, Right Man and Right Woman, the first marriage failed. Marriage cannot solve man's problems. When the man and the woman sinned, they died spiritually and destroyed the wonderful Spiritual rapport they had possessed before the fall. Their souls were overcome by darkness, sin, and emotion. They no longer had the capacity for life and love and the perpetual honeymoon they once enjoyed. If two perfect people in perfect environment could not keep a marriage going, what hope is there for the rest of mankind?

Life carries with it authority while love cannot have authority. Love must be a free response - not a command. On the other hand, the exercise of authority demands respect for the person under authority but may reach even higher standards of leadership and virtue. When the person with life has virtue, he will be willing to sacrifice his life for the one he loves. So the virtue in leadership is love for subordinates. Love, on the other hand, must be free from authority. True love must be freely given. It cannot be coerced or manipulated.

This presents an interesting dilemma. Life demands authority and leadership when two or more people are involved (as is the case in marriage). If anyone knows anything about systemic viewpoint and alignment, then this one knows there is only one way to achieve unity of direction (strategic and tactical alignment): There must be one authority - one head. The same should be obvious from team sports, which demand a leader. Love, on the other hand, demands the absence of authority. It is little wonder that the woman in marriage often discounts authority. It is because she is the epitome of love. So life and leadership demand authority and respect for it while love demands freedom. Can it be both ways?

Now, the demands of marriage require a harmonious relationship between the two extremes: Life and Love. How can these unlike qualities possibly bond into one harmonious unit? That is precisely what a good marriage demands - harmonious union in the face of a dichotomy of differences. There must be Life (leadership, authority, etc.), and there must be love (no coercion or manipulation or authority). Well, the chemist and the baker see this everyday. They combine elements of unlike properties to make a compound that is both homogeneous and useful. Sodium and Chloride make salt; and the baker uses salt to make a cake along with the other dissimilar ingredients. Who can argue with the results? Perhaps there is hope for marriage.

The Marriage Bond

Wedding Couple

In order to bring together Life and Love in marriage, Life must bond with Love and Love must bond with Life. Life must have love to bond with love. This is possible when virtue raises Life to the higher standard of love - i.e. the leader must be willing to sacrifice his life for the one he loves. The person with authority must have love for the person under his authority. This is the bond that binds Life to Love. The husband must have virtue love for his wife; otherwise there will be no relationship between Life and Love. Only when the husband has the virtue from integrity will he be able to form a bond with his wife. So the first half of the bond of marriage is the man having virtue love for his wife.

Marriage Relationship

The other half of the bond of marriage is similar: Love must have respect for Life. This means that Love must respect the authority and leadership of Life. Respect is a higher form of submission to authority. It translates obedience into a higher standard from virtue, and that higher standard is respect. How can Love relate to Life? By translating the authority into respect. The volition of the person under authority must freely decide to respect the authority of the leader. In so doing, the subordinate becomes a willing follower, who bows in honor and respect, who respects protocol and considers service a privilege. Respect translates submission to authority into willing service. The subordinate becomes a willing follower. This produces harmonious teamwork. The leader and follower are inseparably united by this bond of respect. The team can function in no other way.

Thus, the two dichotomous roles, Life and Love, must bond. Life must bond with love by exercising love in leadership. Love must bond with Life by respecting the authority of Life and entering willingly into respectful service. Only when the two halves of the marriage bond are in place is there a functional marriage. When either link breaks, the marriage becomes dysfunctional. The two dichotomous roles can no longer unite.

Making Romantic Dreams a RealityKnight

Marriage is not finding the Right Man or Right Woman, it is being the Right Man or Right Woman. The romantic illusions of youth usually become the marriage myth. For some reason people want to believe in Prince Charming, Cinderella, or some other fairy tale. The romance novels and Hollywood fuel these illusions. There is only one problem with them: we are not the Prince Charming or Cinderella; consequently, Prince Charming or Cinderella would not be happy with us. If we are not the Right Man or Right Woman, finding the perfect one would only be an imperfect match. As someone said: "I searched the world over for the perfect girl; and when, at last, I found her, she was still looking for the perfect guy" (author unknown).

People are born for each other. We learn this from the divine order of precedent associated with the Lord's creation of the first Right Woman for Adam. This has not changed. Thus, there are powerful forces ingrained from birth to bring the Right Woman to the Right Man. The woman was created for love. Her soul is different from man's. She is a right lobe thinker, which means she is generally smarter than her male counterpart and much more loving. She'll make a poor soldier but a good lover.

So, after the child grows up, it leaves home, searches for the right one, and marries. To put it another way, the unmarried person pursues a mad search for love. The woman is the epitome of that love. Romance and single life are all about pursuing this dream of finding true love at the end of the rainbow. This is the quest for personal love, which is attraction for the object of love, as opposed to impersonal love, which is objective and based upon the integrity of the source. So the single person seeks the fulfillment of his or her romantic illusions of personal love.

Love is the dream, but not the reality. Marriage is the reality; and, therein, lies the catch that pours icewater on the hottest romance! Anyone, can be strongly attracted to an object of love. Personal love attractions are always popping up. Immature people have no problem having strong love attractions. However, they have no integrity of soul and no objectivity in love. The strength of love is impersonal love objectivity from integrity of soul - not personal love with its subjectivity. Immature people have no capacity for love.

Marriage is for adults - not children. Marriage is a divine institution. God invented it, and God provided the rules to go with it. When the divine rules of marriage are ignored, the marriage is doomed. Personal love, for example, may motivate people to get married, but personal love will not sustain a marriage five minutes! Although marriage does provide the home for the most intimate expression of human love, the closest love relationship in this life, that strong personal love will not sustain the marriage. How long can the fires of the honeymoon last? Not very long without following the divine rules.

The divine rules for marriage are covered in detail in the Bible, but the basic principles have been mentioned in previous sections of this article. They are:

    1. The husband must lead his wife in love - the love bond.
    2. The wife must obey her husband - the authority bond.
These two basic principles make or break the marriage. The young (immature) boy who has no concept of love (impersonal love) or the wife who does not understand that the husband has the authority, spell disaster for the marriage. The husband must be the authority, and he must exercise that authority by leading his wife in love. That is always the mark of a great leader - one who loves his troops enough to die for them. And the woman must understand her husband's authority and submit to it. If she ever loses her respect for him, the marriage is in serious trouble.

The marriage demands a head (the one in charge) and a follower. If the follower is not subordinate, then arrogance will create friction in the relationship. This is the only way this team can function. God invented these rules. Those who break them will discover the consequences. When the husband is weak and has no capacity for life and love or the wife is headstrong or flighty, the marriage is in trouble. It is imperative that the two function as a single unit in marriage. They must both go the same way. There must be cohesion in the pursuit of life. The two must be one - i.e. one unit, one mind, one complete solution.

Now, this is a tall order. God knew this; so he provided something special that sets aside these rules temporarily. Authority is set aside for sex, which is the expression of personal love. Authority has no place in sex. According to the Bible, "the husband does not have authority over his body, but the wife; and the woman does not have authority over her body but the husband." Either party can initiate sex. During sex, authority is temporarily set aside; so that sex is a temporary vacation from marriage.

The divine rules provide the framework for an effective marriage. If they are followed, they provide protection for the marriage. The woman under authority has an umbrella of protection over her head. Obeying authority is not demeaning but honorable. Under the man's authority, the woman has freedom; for authority establishes the boundaries of freedom. Rejection of the authority is failure to accept the responsibility of marriage. It is arrogance that will lead to a host of problems, e.g. contentiousness, strife, jealousy, infidelity, lust attraction. The reacting wife will enter the world without the umbrella of protection of her husband. Her frantic search for happiness to fill the void in her life from rejection of Right Man will lead to lascivious attraction for paramours. Note: this scenario is well documented by psychologists and counselors.

The husband who functions under authority himself must assume his command with true love for his subordinate. He must never use his authority to bark orders or bully, but he must lead his wife from the motivation of virtue love. Virtue love comes from integrity - not strong personal attraction. The husband cannot exercise authority over his wife without virtue in his own soul. Such a man would never abuse a woman. He is to be her protector - even to the point of laying down his life for her as Christ did for the Church (Ephesians 5:25-26).

When marriages begin to disintegrate, the woman becomes contentious (reactive) and the man becomes weak (a wimp). As the woman reacts, the man tries to pacify her to keep peace in the marriage. When the man loses his poise and reacts to his wife, he has failed the first requirement for authority, i.e. a cool head, a relaxed mental attitude, poise under fire. The weak male and the reacting female sow the seeds of discontent in marriage. The man clams up, and the woman loses her respect for him. Guilt accumulates in the subconscious from failure to resolve the conflict. The love life suffers. The marriage becomes dysfunctional.

Only a clear belief in the seeds of Life and Love that grew into the marriage can protect it. These fundamental concepts cannot be ignored if the marriage is to survive.

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Mankind Beginning Seed Marriage
Marriage Eden Seed Divorce
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1. Wordsworth, William. "The World is too Much with Us."
2. Quayle, Dan, "Restoring Basic Values," Vital Speeches, June 15, 1992, Vol. 58, Issue 17, p. 517.
3. Thomas, Dylan. "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night." (English poet 1914-1953).

Revised  August 21, 2010

Author: Larry Wood

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