Some of the best of Table Talk comes from the comments on marriage and celibacy. Remember, I said “best,” not politically correct:
#717 – Between husband and wife there should be no question as to meum and tuum. All things should be in common between them, without any distinction or means of distinguishing.
Amen, too often I see couples who careful distinguish their two incomes and two bank accounts. Discord always seems to be the result.
#720 – The world regards no, nor comprehends the works of God. Who can sufficiently admire the state of conjugal union, which God has instituted and founded, and whence all human creatures, yea, all states proceed. Where were we, if it existed not? But neither God’s ordinance, or the gracious presence of children, the fruit of matrimony, moves the ungodly world, which beholds only the temporal difficulties and troubles of matrimony, but sees not the great treasure that is hid therein.
Think about all the stereotypes associated with marriage. Think about how today’s 20-somethings view marriage. Think about all the sitcoms that make fun of and degrade marriage. Not much has changed since Luther spoke these words.
#729 – There is no greater plague in this life than a morose and unchaste wife. Solomon says, that to be married to a woman one dislikes, is the worst of calamities.
Practical advice, that.
#725 – Men have broad and large chests, and small narrow hips, and more understanding than the women, who have but small and narrow breasts, and broad hips, to the end they should remain at home, sit still, keep house, and bear and bring up children.
Hmm, something tells me that Herr Docktor did not make this comment within earshot of Katie. Otherwise, he would have received a sound smacking.
#752 – The reproduction of mankind is a great marvel and mystery. Had God consulted me in the matter, I should have advised him to continue the generation of the species by fashioning them of clay, in the way Adam was fashioned; as I should have counselled him also, to let the sun remain always suspended over the earth, like a great lamp, maintaining perpetual light and heat.
What point do you think Luther is making here? On first glance, I thought he was in some way dissatisfied with the current, uh, means for reproduction. But, I think he is making the point that no human could have come up with such a notion. It is divine. Left to our own devices, we go with what we know. Had we seen Adam’s creation, our natural assumption would have been to continue the species in the same way it had begun. In the same way, we would not have thought to alternate day with night. We would have been perfectly content with day. In other words, only God could have invented sex. What a wonderful gift it is. Not something to be abused.