TERANG TUHAN
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Feb
19

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother and be united to his wife: and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24).
Based on this verse we can conclude, that the God of marriage is when a man broke away from her parents for one with his wife and become one flesh with him.
‘Breakaway’ and ‘integrated’ is included in a proposition, and should take place in that order. This means the replacement of the human ties that a (child-parent) with other human bond (husband-wife). There are some similarities in the two ties, the relationship is the same for both complex and contains several elements.

There is the physical element (the one in the form conceived, born and breastfed and the other in the form of intercourse), the emotional elements (to grow, as the process of development of dependency relationships during childhood into adulthood with a partner relationship for ever), and social elements ( children inherit an existing family unit, the husband-wife created a new unit).

But there is also an essential inequality between the two, because the biblical phrase ‘one flesh’ indicates that the unity of husband and wife are physically, emotionally and socially are much more profound and mysterious personal nature of the relationship between the children with their parents, so that it can say: ” failure to achieve a minimum of emotional independence is one of the main embryo destruction of marriage.

Genesis 2:24 implies that the bond of marriage is an exclusive (a man … and … his wife) with the consent of the people (his father and mother), permanent (together with his wife) has fulfilled through sexual intercourse (become one flesh).
Thus, the biblical definition of marriage sounds as follows: “Marriage is a promise of an exclusive bond between a man and heterosexual men and one woman, ordained and endorsed by God, is preceded by the departure of leaving the parents with the knowledge of the people, achieve fulfillment fully in sexual intercourse, become a permanent partner support each other, and often crowned with the award of the children ‘.

Anything not to cancel the marriage, but the reality of divorce (marriage decision) from year to year, the higher, the sociological causes of this increase in the number of divorces are many and varied kinds. Included in the emancipation of women, and changes in search patterns of maintenance (both parents work).
Pressures on family life due to financial difficulties because of unemployment also has triggered a number of divorces and of course also a facility that provided the law of marriage to divorce getting a divorce swing freely past the limits of religious law.

But above all things, the most important reason for the collapse of marriage is the image of backwardness of the Christian faith is fading along with his commitment to the Christian understanding of the sacredness and permanence of marriage.
Divorce is allowed in certain extreme circumstances, but if it is allowed, it remains a binding determination of the deviation from the intent and will of God, in principle, marriage is a bond for life and divorce is a breach of contract, an act of treason.
As it says … God hates … “And the second is that you do: You cover the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping and groaning, because he no longer turn to the presentation and was not pleased to receive from your hand. And you ask: “Why?” Because the Lord is witness between you and the wife of your youth with whom you have faith, though she is your partner and spouse.
Is not the One God made them flesh and spirit? And if the union is required? Sons of the divine! So take care of yourself! And let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.
For I hate divorce, says the Lord, the God of Israel – as well as those who cover up his clothes by force, says the LORD of hosts. So keep yourself and do not sell out! (Malachi 2:13-16).

Feb
16

“Sebab itu seorang laki-laki akan meninggalkan ayahnya dan ibunya dan bersatu dengan istrinya, sehingga keduanya menjadi satu daging”. (Kejadian 2:24).
Berdasarkan ayat ini kita dapat menarik kesimpulan, bahwa bagi Allah perkawinan adalah kalau seorang laki-laki memisahkan diri dari orangtuanya untuk menyatu dengan istrinya dan menjadi sedaging dengan dia.
‘memisahkan diri’ dan ‘menyatu’ ini termasuk dalam satu ikhwal dan harus berlangsung dalam urutan itu. Maknanya adalah penggantian dari ikatan manusiawi yang satu (anak-orangtua) dengan ikatan manusiawi yang lain (suami-istri). Ada beberapa kesamaan dalam kedua ikatan itu, sebab kedua relasi itu sama kompleks dan mengandung berbagai unsur.

Ada unsur fisik (yang satu dalam bentuk dikandung, dilahirkan dan disusui dan yang lain dalam bentuk persetubuhan), unsur emosional (bertumbuh, selaku proses perkembangan dari hubungan ketergantungan semasa kanak-kanak ke hubungan kedewasaan dengan mitra sehidup semati), dan unsur sosial (anak-anak mewarisi suatu unit keluarga yang sudah ada, suami-istri menciptakan unit yang baru).

Namun ada ketidaksamaan yang esensial juga antara keduanya, sebab ungkapan Alkitabiah ‘satu daging’ menandakan bahwa kesatuan suami istri secara fisik, emosional dan sosial adalah jauh lebih mendalam dan misterius sifat personalnya daripada relasi antara anak-anak dengan orangtua, sehingga dapat di katakan: “kegagalan mencapai suatu minimum kemandirian emosional merupakan salah satu cikal bakal utama kehancuran perkawinan.
Kejadian 2:24 mengimplikasikan bahwa perkawinan adalah ikatan ekslusif (seorang laki-laki…dan…istrinya) dengan sepengetahuan orang banyak (meninggalkan ayahnya dan ibunya), permanen (bersatu dengan istrinya), mencapai kegenapannya melalui persetubuhan (menjadi satu daging).

Dengan demikian maka definisi perkawinan yang Alkitabiah bunyinya sebagai berikut: ‘Perkawinan adalah suatu ikatan janji yang ekslusif dan heteroseksual antara satu orang laki-laki dan satu orang perempuan, ditahbiskan dan dikukuhkan oleh Allah, didahului oleh kepergian meninggalkan orangtua dengan sepengetahuan orang banyak, mencapai kegenapan yang sepenuhnya dalam persetubuhan, menjadi suatu pasangan yang permanen saling menopang, dan biasanya dimahkotai dengan penganugerahan anak-anak’.

Suatu apapun tak dapat membatalkan perkawinan, namun kenyataannya perceraian (pemutusan ikatan perkawinan) dari tahun ke tahun semakin tinggi, sebab musabab sosiologis peningkatan angka perceraian ini banyak dan beragam macam. Termasuk di dalamnya emansipasi kaum wanita, dan perubahan dalam pola pencarian nafkah (kedua orangtua bekerja).
Tekanan atas hidup kekeluargaan akibat kesulitan financial karena pengangguran juga semakin memicu angka perceraian dan tentu juga kemudahan yang diberikan undang-undang perkawinan untuk perceraian semakin membuat perceraian itu melenggang dengan bebas melewati batas-batas hukum agama.

Namun diatas segala-galanya itu, alasan yang paling menentukan bagi ambruknya citra perkawinan ialah kemunduran iman Kristen bersamaan dengan itu memudarnya komitmen terhadap pemahaman Kristiani tentang kesucian dan keabadian perkawinan.
Perceraian diperbolehkan dalam keadaan-keadaan ekstrim tertentu namun jika itu diperbolehkan, pemutusan ikatan itu tetap merupakan penyimpangan dari maksud dan kehendak Allah, pada prinsipnya perkawinan adalah suatu ikatan seumur hidup dan perceraian adalah pelanggaran perjanjian, suatu tindakan penghianatan.
Seperti dikatakan Allah… dibenciNya… “Dan inilah yang kedua yang kamu lakukan: Kamu menutupi mezbah TUHAN dengan air mata, dengan tangisan dan rintihan, oleh karena Ia tidak lagi berpaling kepada persembahan dan tidak berkenan menerimanya dari tanganmu. Dan kamu bertanya: “Oleh karena apa?” Oleh sebab TUHAN telah menjadi saksi antara engkau dan isteri masa mudamu yang kepadanya engkau telah tidak setia, padahal dialah teman sekutumu dan isteri seperjanjianmu.
Bukankah Allah yang Esa menjadikan mereka daging dan roh? Dan apakah yang dikehendaki kesatuan itu? Keturunan ilahi! Jadi jagalah dirimu! Dan janganlah orang tidak setia terhadap isteri dari masa mudanya.
Sebab Aku membenci perceraian, firman TUHAN, Allah Israel — juga orang yang menutupi pakaiannya dengan kekerasan, firman TUHAN semesta alam. Maka jagalah dirimu dan janganlah berkhianat!” (Maleakhi 2:13-16).

Feb
06

Then Jesus began to speak and taught them, saying,
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, because they were the owner of the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the cheapest in heart: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted because of righteousness, for they were the owner of the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when you heckled and abused me and you on it all the evil slander.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. “(Matthew 5:2-12).
happy … happy … happy and rejoice … how we should practice what the preach on the Mount and at the same time supporting the use of military force?
Violence, rape, oppression, looting which we have felt almost make us participate bitterness trees flourish along with the time, so the gap between those who believe and do not trust deepened.
That’s a reasonable question, for example, also disputes the border between our country and neighboring countries who would not want to make us as Christians who are involved directly as a means of defense or state only as an ordinary citizen who loves this country will certainly have a desire great to be able to defend or at least maintain this state.
But Jesus taught we should love our enemies, repay evil with goodness. Is this realistic in a world where crime is very often win?
When Jesus says of the Kingdom of God, He gave the standard radical who should run the citizens of the citizens are happy and rejoice in any circumstance, and this standard is almost no sense.
He knows how to live like that is difficult and complicated, but it will give the testimony the values of the Kingdom of God even in the midst of this evil world. Christ did not say the Christians who obey will be able to deliver the kingdom of God to earth, only Christ himself who will do that when He returns. But for the period between the two stages – the announcement of the kingdom of God and its final perfection – God gave the structure to prevent crime in this world.
State even allowed to take up the sword if necessary, and Christians are commanded to obey and respect the State authorities as instruments of God, in the Book of Romans 13:1-7, says:
“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities on it, because no government, which is not of God, and the governments that exist, established by God. So whoever against the government, she resisted the ordinance of God and who do, will bring punishment upon themselves. For if a do good, he do not fear the government, only if he do evil.
Would you like to live without fear of government? Do what is good and you shall receive praise from him. Because the government is the servant of God for your good. But if thou do evil, be afraid of him, because the government does not bear the sword in vain. Government is the servant of God to avenge God’s wrath upon those who do evil.
Because it must needs be subject, not only for punishment but also because of conscience. That is also why you pay taxes. Because those who care about it are the servants of God.
Pay to everyone what should you pay: taxes to the person entitled to receive the taxes, duties to the person entitled to receive tax; fear to those who deserve fear and respect to people who deserve respect. ”
So there are two important commands should be noted, namely: to live according to the teachings of Christ in the Sermon on the Mount, which gives examples of the values of the Kingdom of God which has not yet come in its fullness and at the same time supporting the role of government to maintain order as a witness to God’s authority over the kingdoms of the world today.
So even though Christians should not repay evil with evil – instead he had to forgive, and to break the cycle of crime – he may participate in a structure that allowed God to prevent crime and disorder in the world using the power of government.
How many of us are already taking part in this? Or we never care about this? As long as we still feel safe in our place, maybe we never would think to break the cycle of crime that, until the crime is coming upon us.

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