In the very beginning, man was originally created a family, and was given the Dominion Mandate to populate the earth as a family.
It was Adam who was charged with the task to take dominion as the head of the family.
However, Adam was NOT to be an independent agent working separate from his wife and children.
It is the family as a unit that fulfills all the tasks necessary to achieve dominion.
Although a man’s calling is given to him BEFORE he finds a wife, except for the rare case when a man is called to stay unmarried, his calling can only be fulfilled when he has a wife who serves as a helpmeet and supports him in his calling.
This is not to imply that women do not have their own individual callings under God, or that the woman’s role in the task of dominion is inferior to men’s.
Every woman also has her own calling, but in the family, her calling must always be in the context of the husband’s calling.
It is man’s specific individual calling that places him directly under God and his wife under him.
This has nothing to do with any institutional, intellectual or spiritual inferiority on the part of the woman.
I’m talking about a God-ordained family structure.
However, fallen man throughout history has always attempted to remake the Biblical definition of family in his own perverted image.
For example, we are now witnessing attempts to have the family unit redefined as a marriage of “man to man” or “woman to woman”.
Or another legal definition which has gained acceptance today is that family is simply cohabitation and a sexual relationship.
There are also attempts to turn the civil government into a surrogate family which “inherits” the responsibility to care for the children and the elderly people.
Communist propaganda asserts that the nation or the people as a whole are family, and thus children’s loyalty to their parents is discouraged in order to instill in them loyalty to the state.
Naziism and the philosophies of other racist groups re-define family as genetics and propose some kind of mystical bond between all people of like skin color or similar genetic composition.
In the past, a common pagan definition of the family held up the “clan” with its extended family of blood line and master-slave relationships as all important.
Greek and Roman societies were based on the clan structure as well as the pagan tribes of the Incas and Aztec indians.
Under this structure, the family was centered around the father of the clan.
The other men in the clan did NOT have their own individual callings outside of the clan.
A young man with a wife and children were under the direct supervision of the father of the clan and existed to serve the purposes of the clan.
Even if a man was an adult with his own family, his allegiance was not to God but to his earthly father.
Under such a scenario, when the father of a clan died, the oldest son (or nearest male relative) became head of the family and the rest of the men remained in their inferior position of subjection and servitude.
THIS IS NOT THE BIBLICAL PATTERN.
According to God, dominion is NOT to be entrusted to extended families and clans but to the nuclear family.
The extended family is NOT the foundation of social order.
God has assigned the responsibility for fulfilling the Dominion Mandate to the nuclear family.
This was established in the very beginning when God said “man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife”.
And as evidenced by the calling of certain prophets and apostles like Jeremiah, the Apostle Paul and even Yeshua Himself, I would also say God has deemed it best that certain individuals remain single to fill out their individual callings under God’s Dominion Mandate.
In the social order of God, the individual and the individual family stands directly before God.
Any social relationships that create obstacles which could prevent the individual or individual family from fulfilling their task of dominion must be put aside.
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
And everyone who has left houses
or brothers or sisters
or father or mother
or wife or children
or fields for my sake
will receive a hundred times as much
and will inherit eternal life.
“If your husband or wife
isn’t a follower of the Lord
and decides to divorce you,
then you should agree to it.
You are no longer bound to that person.
After all, God chose you
and wants you to live at peace.
how do you know
if you will be able to save
your husband or wife who isn’t a follower?”
-1 Corinthians 7:15-16
“Here is my advice for people
who have never been married
and for widows.
You should stay single,
just as I am.
But if you don’t have enough self-control,
then go ahead and get married.
it is better to marry than to burn with desire.”
-1 Corinthians 7:8-9