2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 2:23 And Adam said, This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Genesis 2:21-24 (Emphasis supplied).
Only those who believe that God is love can truly become one flesh in a way that glorifies God because those who believe that God is love will dwell in God’s love and have the power to express selfless love: A love that seeks to give rather than receive (see John 3:16). Those who do not dwell in God’s love can only express selfish love because their source is their flesh which seeks to receive rather than give. Therefore they seek to achieve oneness in 1 of 3 ways. I will demonstrate those 3 ways or methods by using 3 basic mathematical principles.
The first mathematical principle I will use is addition. The way addition comes to the number one is by joining two incomplete numbers, for example: 1/2 + 1/2 = 1. This model makes it impossible to express selfless love because it causes us to depend on:
- The wrong source: Humanity.
- The wrong kind of love: Selfish
- The wrong purpose: To be made complete.
Those who seek to achieve oneness by the addition model are the romantics who love to be in love and say things like: You light up my life. You complete me. I can’t live without you… While all of this sounds good and makes us feel good at the time it will ultimately result in experiencing much pain, disappointment and scars that don’t heal because we are have the wrong purpose for marriage which leads us to depend on the wrong source and the wrong kind of love.
Next week we are going to look at the second mathematical approach to oneness that is used by those who do not dwell in God’s love: Subtraction. Until then I once again leave you with this portion of scripture to ponder and pray over:
2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: Colossians 2:8-10 (Emphasis supplied).