What is the Reason for Marriage?
Is Divorce Biblical?
Is divorce Permitted by God?
Does God Hate Divorce?
What Constitutes a Legal Divorce before God?
Can I Remarry if I have gotten a Divorce?
If I have been divorce can I Remarry?
What does the Old Testament Teach on Divorce?
What does the New Testament Teach on Divorce?
Will God forgive Me if I have gotten a Divorce for the Wrong reason?
What is the Reason for Marriage?
Should I Remain a Virgin before marriage?
Should I remarry if my Husband or wife dies?
Can I have more than one husband or wife at the same time?
God created many creatures and He made Mankind both female and male. If he had not done this there would be no marriage. Man could of been created as one capable of reproducing some other way if God so desired but no, mankind was created both male and female. Therefore the reason for marriage is first of all because God has ordained it and created it for His glory and reasons as He chose. Marriage is given to mankind so they can have pure and intimate relationships in a union only with each other which is to reflect the image of God in life. God has created it so we can understand Him in a family relationship. Companionship in marriage was given as a need to fulfill the drawing of each other together in a unique relationship. Reproduction of the human race is to be accomplished by marriage. God wants a Godly offspring and marriage of a man and a woman is the perfect way that it is to be accomplished. In marriage we learn the mysteries of God as we learn each other in holiness. Enjoyment is a benefit of the union with God which shows His kindness giving mankind the ability to feel intimacy. Marriage is to be Holy and undefiled in this union of intimacy that a man and a women has which was given by God..
However because of sin we see marriages have been broken because of sin. God has made it quite plan that He hate divorce, Mal. 2:16 "I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel, "and I hate a man's covering himself with violence as well as with his garment," says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.", and Matthew 19:4-6 "--let no man put asunder".. God never wants divorce but because He has a permissive allowance where He does not yet bring all evil to an end, He has allowed it in the Old Testament and new for certain reasons. ( Deuteronomy 24:1 and Matthew 19:9).
We also learn that God does not forbid remarriage when it relates to the reasons He has allowed, Deuteronomy 24:2 and Matthew 19:11,12 --"he that is able to receive it (staying singular)" however he infers in this passage those who can not should marry. Also 1 Corinthians 7:9, " it is better to marry than to burn". And even though one is allowed to divorce for certain reasons that does not mean that you follow the path of divorce over possible singleness, love, forgiveness, and reconciliation, The Word of God makes it quite plan that children are effected by divorce. Divorce does hurt the children of the next generation. The passages of Matthew 19, Mark 10 on divorce are followed with God's love for children and 1 Corinthians 7:14, speaks of preserving a marriage relationship so children are sanctified and made holy in contrasted with going through a divorce.
To understand divorce when it is permitted or allowed by God we need to understand the full teaching of scripture relating to the topic. According to Exodus 20:14 and 17, Leviticus 22:10, Deuteronomy 22:22 Adultery is wrong and punishable by death according to mans responsibility to keep marriage holy and sacred. Not just the woman or the man individually but both where to be executed for the crime against the command of God to keep marriage sacred. You may note that God also makes it quit plan that a woman who was raped in not guilty of breaking any law before God or man and left without any punishment, Deuteronomy 22:25,26. Therefore any physical sexual consummation other than with one marriage partner was punished by execution - dead before God and man, Deuteronomy 22:22. In carrying out of this punishment would leave the innocent spouse of the adulterer free to be married again.
Also those who were engaged or betrothed to be married were to be executed if they fooled around before marriage with someone they were not engaged to (this passage does not give actions against the engaged couple). Deuteronomy 22:23. Therefore a married person verse 22 or a engaged person verse 23 ware treated the same they were to be executed, which would leave the innocent party free to marry another.
It is important to note also the teaching of God in relationship to a single woman having consummation of relationship out side of marriage. Two people not spoken for in marriage were to get married if they had a relationship, Deuteronomy 22:28,29. It was important that the two married because if they do not and the women marries another later in life and she was not a virgin, her husband could have her executed, Deuteronomy 22:13-21.
Of the former teaching the end results is that death accrue to the guilty parties and free the innocent ones to marry again. If adultery or fortification was a death sentence in the Old Testament freeing an innocent party to marry again then maybe under grace when one becomes spiritually dead in marriage then the innocent spouse is allowed to marriage again.
World Wide Outreach Ministry Inc.
By: Theodore D Pestor/ President/Pastor BTH