The purpose for the family is summarized clearly in one of the foundational Scriptures of the Bible, Genesis 1:26-28, where God speaks into existence man’s multi-faceted purpose:

1. To bear the image of God. This image not only includes the fact that God is a family, but it includes His personality as well. He has a will (He can choose or decide), He has an intellect (He can know or comprehend), He has emotion (He can love) and He is a creator. We have this same capacity (though only God can create ex nihilo—out of nothing), because we are made in His image. Though that image is warped by sin, by looking at man we can get some idea of what God is like. He is like we are, because we were made in His image!

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