What's the Purpose of Family?

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Have you noticed how much the family is under attack these days? In many nations, about half of all marriages end in divorce. And that's just among those who choose to marry, since many avoid real commitment and decide to simply live together instead. Far from helping couples determine if they're really ready for marriage, studies have proven that living together only increases the odds that they'll later break up.

Our mass media plays a major role in undermining family. The message of much of today's music is degrading to girls and women, portraying them as sex objects for satisfying male lust. How sad that the "sex, drugs and rock and roll" of a generation ago seems so tame by today's standards!

TV sitcoms and movies glorify the single life—and the more promiscuous, the better! When married characters are portrayed, typically the husband is depicted as an inept bumbler while the wife rules the home. Children are often shown as know-it-alls who mock and insult their parents.

TV and movie screenwriters constantly push the envelope with sex, nudity, profanity and perversion—"defining deviancy downward," as one phrase captured the trend so well several years ago.

Meanwhile, our governments, rather than holding the line against influences that corrupt society, actually advocate policies that undermine families as they redefine marriage, penalize traditional marriage through higher taxes, advocate sex outside of marriage, reward promiscuity and single motherhood and teach children distorted family roles. And this is just scratching the surface.

But why? Why such a sustained, continual assault on families? Consider that the Bible refers to our day as "this present evil age" (Galatians 1:4 Galatians 1:4Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
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). It further reveals that an evil being whom it calls "the god of this age" (2 Corinthians 4:4 2 Corinthians 4:4In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine to them.
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) has blinded the minds of people, and "the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one" (1 John 5:19 1 John 5:19And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness.
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) "who deceives the whole world" (Revelation 12:9 Revelation 12:9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
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). This being is, of course, Satan the devil.

A primary reason for this war on families is that Satan wants to blind humankind to God's true purpose for families. And what is that purpose? It's spelled out in the Bible, but most overlook it. The truth is that God is creating a divine family!

God is a family, currently consisting of the Father and the Son. That is clearly a family relationship! But God is in the process of expanding that family to include more family members!

Notice 2 Corinthians 6:17-18 2 Corinthians 6:17-18 [17] Why come out from among them, and be you separate, said the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. [18] And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, said the Lord Almighty.
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, where the apostle Paul says of God the Father, "I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty" (emphasis added throughout). Jesus Christ came to reveal God not as some distant, unapproachable being, but as a Father to us (Matthew 11:27 Matthew 11:27All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows the Son, but the Father; neither knows any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
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; Luke 10:22 Luke 10:22All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.
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). He tells us to pray to "our Father in heaven" (Matthew 6:9 Matthew 6:9After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name.
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; Luke 11:2 Luke 11:2And he said to them, When you pray, say, Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
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).

In Ephesians 3:14-15 Ephesians 3:14-15 [14] For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, [15] Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
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, Paul writes of the Father, "from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named." Two members of this divine family—the Father and Jesus Christ the Son—now exist in heaven. Others—those led by God's Spirit (Romans 8:14 Romans 8:14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
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)—now live on earth, awaiting the time when they will be glorified just as God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son now exist in radiant glory (1 John 3:2 1 John 3:2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
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).

That is God's great purpose for family, and for you! Keep reading The Good News to learn how you can be part of that family!

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