You might want to say but God created man first, and that should be a precedence we must follow in marriage.Yes, you are right by saying God created the man first and He made him the head of the family.It is an ancient criterion for decision making among a group of people who practices the same culture.Consensus Gentium is also referred to as the climate of opinion, community sentiment, general belief, conventional wisdom, prevailing sentiment, etc.BIBLICAL SUPPORTS FOR WOMEN MARRYING YOUNGER MEN BY EBENEZER AFOLABI ebenezerafolabi54 @ The idea of women marrying younger men is becoming popular in our days, but its acceptability has been strongly challenged.It is not really a big deal in the western world, but it is a big deal in some places in Africa.
Consensus Gentium is from the Latin word meaning the agreement of the people.
Consensus Gentium therefore carries a 2 weight of authority in decision making, especially among those who have cultural affiliations.
Consequently, if the union is against the community sentiment or the general belief of the people, they may likely raise their eyebrows against such union. Religious Excuses: I read a blog post of recent of a young lady who is deeply in love with a younger man, but her mother-in-law to be insisted that they would never marry each other because there is no place in the Bible to justify such a practice. I know of two people who are also deeply in love with each other, but also have a similar story. The mother of the lady and her pastor had insisted for over three years now that they would not support such union.
To start with, it is a generally accepted norm in almost every human society that men (husbands) should be older than their wives.
This is not because God gave a specific instruction concerning this, but it has been an acceptable practice among men throughout history.