Does “be fruitful and multiply” cancel gay marriage?

by Roxanne
(Long Beach)

From an exhibit at the Creation Museum<br>Petersburg, Kentucky

From an exhibit at the Creation Museum
Petersburg, Kentucky

This question comes up frequently so I’ll once again provide a brief answer. Your question rests on three faulty assumptions.

Faulty assumption #1. Your question rests on the false doctrine of Absolute Complementarity. Absolute Complementarity is the non-biblical teaching that God will only bless a "one man with one woman for life" marriage relationship. This false belief comes from Plato, the pagan Greek philosopher.

The Bible never teaches absolute complementarity as God’s truth. Instead anti-gay Christians read their opinion into the text and then teach their opinion as God’s truth because the Biblical text doesn’t say what they wish it said.

Faulty assumption #2. Your question rests on the odd belief that the only purpose for sex in marriage is procreation (having children). Therefore if the gay couple can’t produce children, God will not bless their marriage and they should be prohibited from getting married.

Of course, if you really believed that, you would support legislation prohibiting elderly heterosexual couples from marrying since they cannot ”be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth.”

And you would also support legislation prohibiting sterile heterosexuals from marrying since they cannot ”be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth.”

Two things seem obvious. First, you would not support legislation prohibiting elderly heterosexuals and sterile heterosexuals from getting married.

Second, your objection really has nothing to do with the inability of two gay men or two lesbian women to produce children. The ”be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth” argument impresses many gays and lesbians as little more than a smokescreen hiding an anti-gay bias behind a Biblical argument.

Faulty assumption #3. Your question rests on the mistaken belief that because God’s original creation was a man and a woman, God could never have intended to also bless same sex relationships later on.

Such a view misunderstands the text of scripture. God’s purpose in telling us about Adam and Eve was not to attack and prohibit gay marriage. The Genesis account of creation is descriptive, not prescriptive.

Instead God’s purpose was to tell us about His glorious creation and the fall of Adam from sinless perfection due to his sinful rebellion. This sets the stage for God to begin telling us about the coming Messiah who will Himself pay for Adam's sin and for the sins of the whole world, Genesis 3:15, and how to be saved by grace alone through faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ alone. Adam is an integral part of God's incredible redemptive plan because God redeems and restores all that was lost in Adam, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Beginning your question with the fact that God created Adam and Eve, Genesis 1:27-2:24, does not logically lead us to your conclusion, that if two gay men or two lesbian women cannot produce children, then God must be against gay marriage.

Original Question:

“If the Bible teaches that God does not have a problem with Homosexual relationships, why would God create a male and a help mate for Adam (female) Genesis 1:27? Why not just create another male? Why would God Bless them and tell them to be fruitful and multiply Genesis 1:28?

Why would God, therefore say, shall a Man leave his mother and father and shall Cleave unto his Wife Genesis 2:24? Biologically, only the seed from Man and the eggs from Female can create another human being. Noah took animals by pairs: male and female. How could mammals for example of the same sex re-populate the animal kingdom? That would be genetically impossible.

No disrespect intended to the Gay community, but it's just a thought.”

Is sex in a committed
gay relationship sin?

Is there any evidence of an
actual gay marriage in the Bible?

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Feb 17, 2015
To answer the title's question, YES.
by: Itdoesntmatterwhatmynameis

Two men can not have sex and make a baby. Likewise to women can not have sex and make a baby. God commanded reproduction not touching the same two organs together that can't reproduce anything. How can you be so blind? Search your soul and you will find the real answer not your countless mindless justifications on this site.

Rick's comment: LOL - Ignorance is NOT a fruit of God's Holy Spirit, Galatians 5:22-23. And being too cowardly to use your real name with your comment indicates you do NOT have the courage of your alleged "convictions."

What must I do to be saved?

Oct 20, 2016
"Be fruitful and multiply" does cancel gay marriage
by: Bunny

The reply to the above comment does not answer the question but merely dismisses it. He or she is right. How can the command "be fruitful and multiply" apply to homosexual relationships when they lack even the mere capacity to reproduce naturally except with the opposite sex? Especially when such a command was given during the time when technology was not advanced as it is now?

Rick's comment: The question is answered in the article, which both of you prefer to ignore.

Nov 01, 2017
Illogical fallacies plague this article.
by: Anthony

Fault assumption #1: Is based on an assumption as oppose to referencing the text itself and explaining how articulation of the text would not be an establishment of civilization flourishing.

Faulty assumption #2: Red Herring. Referring to these points do not answer the question but avoid it.

Faulty Assumption #3: A simplification and red herring. Referencing the story of Adam and Eve as a whole does not ignore the fact that the commandment of being "fruitful and multiply," is there. Thus, a pointless criticism.

The article never articulates or makes an argument. It only spends its time attacking the "assumptions" with illogical fallacies.

Rick's comment: Hi Anthony - Your answer doesn't make much sense. The human race has been reproducing for six thousand years of recorded history.

As of November 1, 2017, there are 7,431,541,577 people on earth.

Reasonable people concede that the human race has been fruitful and multiplied.

Your point number two ignores the reason people ask this question. Their motive is often, to use the Bible to attack gays. Even married people who do not have biological children do this, never thinking that they themselves have not obeyed, Be fruitful and multiply.

Your third point assumes that if God said, Be fruitful and multiply, when there were only two people on earth (Adam and Eve) and when there were only eight people on earth (Noah and his family) then it must be an eternal and unchanging command to every human being.

Of course, that is a silly idea. Scripture commends celibacy in 1 Cor 7:1-9, which is the opposite of, Be fruitful and multiply.

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