By Joe Kovacs
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Joe Kovacs is the author of the new book Shocked by the Bible 2, as well as his previous books Shocked by the Bible and The Divine Secret, all on sale in bookstores and Amazon.com. Learn more at www.shockedbythebible.com
While scouring the news for interesting stories this week, one item jumped off the pages as especially ironic.
And while it may seem a bit dark and twisted at first, it gets better and brighter by the end of this article, so please hang in there.
It has to do with an adult performer who goes by the name of Stormy Daniels.
By now, millions of Americans are familiar with that name, as she's the adult-film star who accuses President Donald Trump of having an affair with her, and then being paid for her silence by Trump's attorney Michael Cohen shortly before Trump was elected in 2016. The president has denied the affair.
But there's another part of this saga that seems stranger than fiction.
Stormy's husband in real life is now filing for divorce from his wife, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. The grounds for the split, according to the legal filing, are that Stormy has "committed adultery."
Yes, the husband of a woman who gets paid to have sex on camera is claiming infidelity, though his legal petition does not offer any details of Daniels' alleged infidelity.
What's even more bizarre is that Stormy's husband, Glendon Crain, is himself an adult-film star who performs under the name Brendan Miller.
So here we have a man who gets paid to have sex on camera, married to a woman who gets paid to have sex on camera, and he's alleging infidelity on his wife's part. And the woman in the case also claims to have had an adulterous affair with President Trump. I guess it could be called "a perfect Stormy of irony."
Now, my purpose in mentioning this is not to uncover the personal lives of this couple or even the president.
But I do think the whole situation is representative of how far we, as a people, have fallen from what God has intended for us.
Millions of people get married, but don't always realize what marriage actually is and how it relates to their relationship with their own Creator and their divine destiny. Thus, I wish to provide some quick reminders from the Bible about the amazing purpose of matrimony.
From the very first book of the Bible, we're told that men and women were created for each other, to help one another: Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him." (Genesis 2:18 NLT)
And what was the woman made from? The very same substance as the man, as God took one of the man's ribs and fashioned it into a female counterpart.
"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. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." (Genesis 2:23-24 KJV)
This part of the Old Testament is actually quite well-known, but what countless Bible readers may not realize is that there is a continuous theme throughout the entirety of Scripture involving a man being married to a woman, and it leads to the end of the story for what human beings are meant to become.
An important concept to keep in mind when reading the Bible is that God actually tells us the end of the matter from the beginning. He says so in Isaiah 46:10, "Declaring the end from the beginning." In other words, right from the start, God tells us how things are going to end up. It reveals how the Creator, as the Author of our salvation, has events turn out the way He has stated because He designed and wrote it that way.
Hence, what we see in the original paradise of the garden of Eden with Adam and Eve is a preview of what will come in the future paradise of the kingdom of God. The theme of the man uniting with the bride is ultimately fulfilled at the end.
The simple fact of the matter is that marriage itself is a metaphor for our relationship to our Maker. It's a covenant, agreement or contract, and just as the first woman was joined to the first man for a temporary, mortal life, we as human beings are being joined to God for an eternal, immortal life. Many people don't realize that God is actually our spouse. He says this on more than one occasion:
"I am married unto you" (Jeremiah 3:14 KJV).
"For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel" (Isaiah 54:5 KJV).
When we fast-forward to the end of the story, the final book of the Bible confirms that true believers are "the wife" in the spiritual story, preparing ourselves in this life to be joined to our Maker for eternity.
"Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready." (Revelation 19:7 NKJV)
As a side note, at the end of the story in the future, we (as the bride of Christ) will no longer be made of flesh, but will consist of the same substance as the Divine Man in the story, which, of course, is spirit. Jesus Himself noted the difference, saying, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." (John 3:6 KJV)
While the Bible does talk about that glorious future of eternal life married to our Maker, it also discusses problems that can be encountered along the way there, one of which is adultery. And while folks in this physical world are well aware of what constitutes extra-marital relations, many don't realize we can actually commit adultery against God, and it has nothing to do with having physical sex.
For instance, God explains that whenever we get involved in pagan practices, following customs not commanded by Him, we are, in fact, committing adultery against Him:
"Then you will accept their daughters, who sacrifice to other gods, as wives for your sons. And they will seduce your sons to commit adultery against me by worshiping other gods." (Exodus 34:16 NLT)
"You took the very jewels and gold and silver ornaments I had given you and made statues of men and worshiped them. This is adultery against me!" (Ezekiel 16:17 NLT)
And, just like people can be jealous of a loved one going astray with someone else here on Earth, God says He, too, is jealous for us: "You must worship no other gods, for the LORD, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you." (Exodus 34:14 NLT)
I write none of this to condemn anyone, because human beings are all guilty of having broken at least some of God's instructions. I am writing to get people thinking about why they do what they do in every aspect of life, in hopes that we all take steps to improve our character. Because our thoughts and actions here in this physical world will make a difference concerning our ultimate destiny once Jesus returns. We have to remember we are here to make ourselves ready to be united to our Creator, in a very similar way that a man is united with a woman in marriage, becoming one.
We should all take to heart how the apostle Paul sums up this profound analogy of the marriage between God and His loved ones: "This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband." (Ephesians 5:32-33 NLT)