Is the purpose of marriage only to bear children?

Did God establish different roles for man and woman merely for the purpose of their bearing children?

Forming Eve (Genesis 2:22) was God's climactic act in creation. This anticipates giving Christ His Bride (John 17:24; Ephesians 5:32). Nothing is dearer to the heart of the Son. No work of the Godhead will ever surpass this. Differing roles not only enable procreation, but also display the relation of Christ to His Church. Also, the headship of man over woman parallels the headship of Christ over man (1 Corinthians 11:3). Since this relates to the eventual subjection of all things to God (1 Corinthians 15:28), the roles of man and woman express very precious truths. We do well to cherish and uphold these in an unbelieving world.

D. Oliver