Divorce is Forbidden (with one exception)


The Pharisees came and asked Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” testing Him.  And He answered and said to them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to dismiss her.”  And Jesus answered and said to them, “Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.  But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh.  Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” In the house His disciples also asked Him again about the same matter. So He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her.  And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery” (Mark 10: 2-12.)


The religious leaders asked Jesus a controversial question concerning divorce (controversial even today.)  They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”  Jesus’ answered ‘No,’ and referred them back to Adam and Eve to help them understand God’s Will concerning marriage.  In the beginning of creation, God created two people; Adam and his wife Eve.  They were created for one another and designed to be one being in eternal union with God (inseparable.)  They needed one another in order to live.  They had no concept of separation or the desire to be apart.  Divorce is no creation of God’s design; yet God does allow it in only one instance […] in another scripture, Jesus states that “sexual immorality” is just cause for divorce.  Sexual immorality would be any type of intercourse or sexual contact outside of the marriage (which might include idolatry, or looking at others to lust for them (pornography/nudity?))  If a husband or wife commits some act of “sexual immorality,” the spouse who was faithful can divorce and remarry.  The spouse who was unfaithful however, is no longer allowed to remarry.  The bond between a husband and a wife is sacred and if broken has eternal consequences.

Every human being alive today is the product of the union of two people.  When the first cell is formed in the womb, it carries all of the information necessary to create a person.  Half of the instructions come from the mother, and half come from the father.  The child may have the father’s eyes, but the mother’s hair.  The child’s mannerisms and behaviors will partially reflect both parents; they may have dad’s smile but mom’s temperament.  Imagine attempting to separate the child in two once they have been born; half of Dad over here, half of Mom over there.  Can a person be cut in half and still hope to live?  Any attempt would surely result in death.  When two people get divorced they are trying to separate what cannot be separated.  Sadly, many married couples choose to divide themselves and in turn they choose death instead of eternal life.

Today, anyone looking to get married should understand that there is no turning back; there is no jumping ship; there is no division of what God has made one.  Any attempt to separate from a spouse (unless there has been “sexual immorality”) will bring death.  Marriage is meant to be a blessing and a gift from the Lord; but it is challenging, and it is permanent; so take the time to consider what marriage means before you enter in to eternal unity with another human being.

“Lord Heavenly Father, we ask that if we are married, You would give us the strength to continue forward in love with our eternal partner; help our relationships to be filled with true love for one another.  Father, also, for those of us who are not married, provide us with wisdom in making decisions about who we will bind ourselves too eternally.  Help all of Your children avoid the snares of death, and the tragedy and misery of divorce.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you.


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