Genesis 2:24 states that “a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” I have often thought about this, particularly the last part of the verse.
The term “one flesh” seems to have received the meaning that what was once the husband’s life and the wife’s life has come together and been replaced with a joint, common life.
So I am left to wonder then if statements like “we are so glad this baby has come into our life [as opposed to lives]” or “we are happy with our life [as opposed to lives] together” are accurate.
Does a man and a woman both give up their individual lives in an effort to build a common life? If so, how does a common life look and operate?