I was reading in 1 Corinthians, chapter 11 this morning when I came across verse eleven:
Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.
I have read this verse several times, but as I reflected on it this morning, one other scripture came to mind.
This scripture is found in 2 Nephi 2:25 and is Lehi’s counsel to his son Jacob:
Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.
I hardly ever pay attention to such simple verbs as the conjugated ‘to be’, but these two verse make it stand out.
According to these two verses, we exist because Adam fell and we also exist so that we may attain joy. Paul seems to say that a man cannot “be” without a woman. In other words, he cannot attain joy without marriage. This is an interesting thought given what we read in D&C 131:1-4:
In the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees; and in order to obtain the highest, a man must enter into this order of the priesthood [meaning the new and everlasting covenant of marriage]; and if he does not, he cannot obtain it. He may enter into the other, but that is the end of his kingdom; he cannot have an increase.