Idolatry and the Definition of Marriage
The Biblical concept of the marriage relationship constitutes of a union between a man and a woman. According to the Bible, each of these was designed by God to fill a different role in the context of a marriage. A relationship that consists of two men or two women is not considered a marriage because the two respective roles that make up a Biblical marriage are not present in the union.
The relationship between God and those who worship Him is compared to a marriage (Jeremiah 2:1). The difference between God and any of His creations is far greater, both qualitatively and quantitatively than the difference that exists between a man and a woman. God is the Author of all existence and all of His creations are the recipients of His kindness.
When two beneficiaries of God’s kindness enter into a relationship with each other, that relationship cannot be considered “worship of the divine”. Worship of the Divine consists of a relationship between the One Author of all existence on the one side and His creations on the other side.
When one beneficiary of God’s kindness faces another beneficiary of God’s kindness in relationship – and that relationship is elevated in their respective minds to the status of “worship of the divine” – than that relationship has become idolatrous.
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal