Biblical and historical background of the Marriage Blessing
In the beginnning God created His original institution, marriage & family. He entrusted this blessing to Adam & Eve when He taught them to be fruitful and multiply and to have dominion over this world (Gen 1:28) (See Our Teachings page (any version) Chapter 1.)
However, Adma & Eve fell. With their disobedience and collapse God lost not only Adam & Eve to Satan, He lost the familiy as well.
Satan became our false father (John 8:44) and the ruler of this world (John 14:20). His influence quickly manifested itself in the dysfunction of Adam & Eve's fallen family when Cain murdered his brother Abel. The evil of original sin spread through their lineage to all families, societies and nations.
Finally Jesus came to restore our relationship with God. He opened the way of individual salvation. Through the grace brought about by his crucifixtion & resurrection the original sin is forgiven in our spirit when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Through this we are adopted into God's family (Rom 8:23), are infused with the Holy Spirit and become temples of God (I Cor 3:16). But Jesus knew there was an original ideal of marriage & family before the fall to be established as well (Matt 19:8). Jesus set that standard to restore marriage and family in Mat 19:4-6.
As Jesus guided Rev Moon (see "about our founders" tab on the Home page) He showed him the way to restore the original institution of marriage. Eventually, in 1960, Rev & Mrs Moon established the Blessing of Marriage to open the way for all couples to move toward the original ideal of marriage and family that Jesus envisioned. It is through the restoration of marriage and family that God's original ideal, the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, will be established just as Adam & Eve would have done had they not fallen.
See the next tab to learn the steps in the process of receiving the Blessing.
The ceremony of the Marriage Blessing can be a legal marriage. If you would like to be legally married in the Blessing we can arrange it. And, if you can not afford the cost we can host a special wedding ceremony and reception at no cost. Call Pastor David for details at (734) 546-4395