Does Genesis 2:24 mean a man should never see his parents again after marriage?
Genesis 2:24 says, “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body.”
My friend’s daughter in law refuses to let her husband see his family because she interprets Genesis 2:24 very literally. My friend is heartbroken and I hurt with her. She hasn’t seen her son in three years. Before that, it was five years. It is not a matter of distance separating them. Her son is a fallen away Catholic because of the priest scandal. His wife is Protestant and thinks it is OK for her to see her parents because scripture says only the man leaves his family, not the wife.
I don’t see this anywhere in the marriage vows. I think this akin to a secret vow that would make the marriage invalid. I have never heard of such an interpretation. I think it means a man should have a separate living space and not have divided loyalty, but does not mean actual physical separation. I am trying to think of some Scripture verses to counteract Gen 2:24.
1 Tim 5:8 “And whoever does not provide for relatives and especially family members has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
Eph 6:1-3 "Children, obey your parents (in the Lord), for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise, 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life on earth.” This is one of the 10 Commandments, but the wife thinks it only applies to minor children.
EPH 5:21 “Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord.”
Can you think of any other than these?