As the marriage debate heats up we have been hearing many use Mathew 19:4 as a talking point to speak on Jesus’ behalf promoting discrimination and lies. This verse is a perfect example of how we neither should cherry pick bible verses nor take them out of context. “4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. Mathew 19″
Finally, here is proof, Jesus stating that marriage is to be exclusively between a man and woman right? Not at all. You see to fully understand this verse in context we must read the one before it. “The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? Mathew 19:3.” Jesus was simply responding to a specific question asked by the Pharisees. The Pharisees asked a question that involves a marriage between a man and a woman and Jesus responded to the question at hand.
In no way shape or form was Jesus even remotely asked about His views on same-gender love/marriage (and while we are on the subject there were MANY examples of such couples around in His day and never once did He himself condemn them). This would be like me calling my mother at work and asking if I can make brownies and she replying (and it were recorded) “Have I not told you that no brownies are to be made…..” If this were the case, we would see many today holding signs, “Jesus Against Brownies” and others demanding “Brownie Equality!”