God's ONLY standard for marriage
2000 years ago, marriage was already in trouble. Adultery, abuse, divorce... A man could justify divorcing his wife over something as trite as one bad meal! (Not really that much different from today, was it?) But when Jesus came and started teaching, what did he say about marriage? Did he look at what a mess traditional marriage had become and say, "Well, you guys have made such a mess of marriage as it is and, well, God is love, and love is love is love, so there's no real reason for me to defend and limit marriage to one man and one woman, so just do whatever you think is right."? Of course not! Jesus still upheld God's standard -- God's ONLY standard -- for marriage despite the times and the failings of humans -- even the failings of those who followed him. He expects us to uphold the same standard despite our times and our failings. This is because we're not called by God to judge the applicability of His Word according to the circumstances of the world we currently live in. The applicability of God's Word is not dictated by the world. It stands apart from the world.