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Everything about divorce in The Bible

Everything about divorce in The Bible

Biblical views about divorce date back to the ‘Law of Moses’ and the development of Christianity.

A lifetime commitment recognized by God to keep spouses together in fidelity and harmony, the marriage union separated only by death.

“What God put together, let no man part”. (Mathew 19:6)

Biblical verses do however recognise that marriages involve sinful human beings and thus divorces are bound to occur.

Deuteronomy (24:1-4) contains laws about divorce that defend the rights of women especially. Jesus explains that the laws were given only due to the wrongs that spouses showed each other. “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so”.

The Biblical stance on whether divorce rests on the words of Jesus Christ recorded in the Mathew 5:32, and Mathew 19:9.

“I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commit adultery”.

The key phrase “except for sexual immorality” or the alternate interpretation “except for marital unfaithfulness”, is the only Biblical verse that directly gives consent to divorce and remarry.

Sexual relations are an integral part of the marital bond. Breaking that bond with extramarital sex is an accepted reason for divorce.

The only other reference involves non-Christians (1 Corinthians 7:15): If a non-Christian decides to end a marriage, then the believer of marriage (the Christian) is permitted to divorce.

Yet even in these two examples, divorce is not a compulsory course of action, but viewed only as a very last resort.

Forgiveness is a hallmark of the Christian faith and it is accepted that people divorce for various other reasons (abuse, neglect etc.). A divorced person must never feel any less loved by God.

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