Sunday, 1 July 2007

What Does The Bible Say About Divorce?

Since God is a part of the sacramental union of a married couple it is keeping that the vow be a life long vow. The Bible compares marriage to God's love for the Church. Even if people in the Church sin against Him, He is always faithful to His unconditional love to them. It is this love, God's love for the Church that is represented by the spouses vow to love each other until death do them part, for better or for worse.

NOTE: Since this video I have been directed to more information on this topic by independentonservative. I am studying into this further and will update my final conclusions on the matter. The marital unfaithful Christ speaks of in Mat 19:9 may not be an excuse to divorce at all, if the greek word used (Porniea) means what some imply. It is said that this word has more to do with "unlawful" marriage. Example, being decieved into marriage (it was a custom that a virgin signed a certificate to validate there virginity.

If it was found by her husband on her wedding night that she lied this would constitute a breach of contract, with effect allowing the husband to nullify the marriage)Or as Paul said in 1 Cor 5:1-5, a man with his fathers wife, of an incestious marriage. This marriage would not be recognised by God.If this is the case and if this is the intended meaning of "unfaithfulness" in this verse, then the excuse of adultery is also invalid as an excuse to divorce and remarry. Bearing in mind that Christ said, to look at a women to lust after her is commiting adultery in your heart. This is surely not grounds to divorce.

I would advise a study on the greek work 'Porniea'. What God has joined together, let NO man seperate. God bless you and TRUST in the Lord our God. HE is ABLE.


Anonymous said...

The bible clearly states that "If yiu must depart, let the UNBELIEVER" depart.
an unbeliever is someone that has failed the faith or what you might call an INFIDEL.

Anonymous said...

I believe in my heart and through my studies that what you say is true and we should remain committed to our spouse - the First Spouse, till death do us part for better or for worse.
We need to spread the word and sometimes the truth hurts. For pastors and other leaders to say its okay, go find another spouse and start over, is NOT the right thing to do!!! Honor the covenant. God Bless everyone.

Anonymous said...

Is it not right to get divorced and remarried? Even if my spouse is cheating on me? :s

dazzarai said...

Hi, my belief on the subject is that you are free to leave and remarry if you are unable to bear a cheating spouse. My thoughts where more of "try to forgive and bear one another" however, some people can bear more than others and according to scripture, you would be free to leave in such circumstances. I did do more research on "pornia" etc.. but did not conclude on this as some believe. My belief is that unfaithfulness is a valid reason for divorce. God bless, Daz

Unknown said...

I realize this post is over a year old, but its important that the 'exclusion' Jesus provides for divorce, is qualified by hard-heartedness. Remember this is what Pharaoh had to deal with when he hardened his heart against God.

Matthew 19:7-12 records the words of Jesus,

"Why then," they asked, "did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?"

Jesus replied, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard(THIS IS THE QUALIFYING SENTENCE). But it was not this way from the beginning(AGAIN JESUS DRAWS US BACK TO GENESIS, THAT MARRIAGE IS LIFE LONG). I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery."

The disciples said to him, "If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry."

Jesus replied, "Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it."

Even when when our spouse is sleeping with another, as a Christian, we are bound, but that doesn't mean our husband or wife can come back to the marriage bed until they have truly turned from their ways. There is nothing preventing a temporary separation. Remember we have a God of reconciliation, and our faith demands that we give God every opportunity to do his thing. Even when we don't want to.