God seems to take ANRs for granted

God takes no pains whatsoever to prove Himself to us in His word. The Bible always presupposes our knowledge of His existence, because every human being knows God exists, and is without excuse. ¹, ²

Similarly, ANRs between married couples are taken for granted in Scripture. When God designed the institution of marriage, along with sex, family, procreation, and nurturing, He knew all five would be interwoven, so I believe that’s why He doesn’t bother emphasizing ANR beyond the three verses that exhort or imply it.


1. Romans 1:18-32: “18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. ... 28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, …They are … haters of God, … 32 Though they know God’s righteous decree …”

2. In his bestselling book Systematic Theology, professor and theologian Wayne Grudem similarly devotes very little space to proving God’s existence. He takes the approach of presuppositional apologetics by mentioning our inner sense of God. He only uses a footnote to tell a powerful story about a woman who rode in a car full of believers. An avowed atheist, she adamantly denied having an inner sense of God, but when they nearly suffered a horrific accident, she cried out “Lord Jesus, please save us.” All fellow passengers could do was stare at her.

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