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by Dr. John Thomas
It was based upon the great fact of her formation out of man; and consisted in Adam taking her to himself with her unconstrained consent.
There was no religious ceremonial to sanctify the institution; for the Lord Himself even abstained from pronouncing the union.
No human ceremony can make marriage more holy than it is in the nature of things.
Superstition has made it "a sacrament," and inconsistently enough, denied it, though "a holy sacrament," to the very priests she has appointed to administer it.
But priests and superstition have no right to meddle with the matter; they only disturb the harmony, and destroy the beauty, of God's arrangements.
A declaration in the presence of the Lord Elohim, and the consent of the woman, before religion was instituted, is the only ceremonial recorded in the case.
This, I believe, is the order of things among "the Friends," or nearly so; and, if all their peculiarities were as scriptural as this, there would be but little cause of complaint against them.
"Man," says the apostle, "is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of the man"; and the reason he assigns is, because "The man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.
Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man".
She was not formed in the image of man, though she may have been in the image of some of the Elohim.
"Man" is generic of both sexes.
When, therefore, Elohim said, "Let us make man in our image"; and it is added, "male and female created he them," it would seem that both the man and the woman were created in the image and likeness of Elohim.
In this case some of the Elohim are represented by Adam's form, and some by Eve's.
I see no reason why it should not be so.
When mankind rises from the dead, they will doubtless become immortal men and women; and then, says Jesus, "they are equal to the angels"; on an equality with them in every respect.
Adam only was in the image of Him that created him; but then, the Elohim that do the commandments of the invisible God, are the virile portion of their community: Eve was not in their image.
Theirs was restricted to Adam; nevertheless, she was after the image and likeness of some of those comprehended in the pronoun "our".
Be this as it may, though not in the image, she was in the likeness of Adam; and both "very good" according to the subangelic nature they possessed.
A GREAT MYSTERY.
"We are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones".
In writing to the disciples at Ephesus, the apostle illustrated the submission due from wives to their husbands by the obedience rendered to Christ by the community of the faithful in his day.
"As the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing".
This was an injunction of absolute submission to their Christian husbands as unto the Lord himself; because "the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the Church".