Hi @Major, I`m glad you see God`s relationship to Israel symbolized as a marriage. However you think that Jesus` relationship to His Body is that too. Let`s look at your scripture you quoted to base this doctrine on. (I realize you may have more scriptures.) `For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.` (2 Cor. 11: 2) Here we read that Paul desires to present his disciples in Corinth, to the Lord as pure. He is using the illustration of a `chaste virgin,` to show purity. It is also Paul`s disciples & not the whole Body of Christ, as Paul does NOT present US to the Lord. It is the Lord Himself who will present us to Himself. `that He (the Lord) might present it (the Body) to Himself a glorious church,….` (Eph. 5: 27) Doctrines need to be based on firm teaching of many scriptures & not just an illustration. Marilyn.