Question of the Week: Is Remarriage Adultery?
Verses: Matthew 5:32, Matthew 19:8
There is a lot of confusion over the passage that claims that if a man divorces his wife and she marries another man, he causes her to commit adultery. Many well meaning Christians then take the leap to assume this means God is against re-marriage as much as He’s against divorce. While the latter is a true statement, the former is not. God hates divorce because it ruins the image He created marriage to express, as well as the obvious damage it does to the individuals involved in the process. When Jesus made the statement about a man causing his wife to commit adultery, it was speaking to a culture that played so fast and loose with the divorce process that it came down to two schools of thought. A rabbi named Hallel held the view on divorce that you could legally divorce your wife for any reason whatsoever. While another rabbi named Shamai took the unpopular opinion that Jesus validated as truth that divorce was only legal under the condition of adultery or physical abuse. Jesus was speaking to a culture who didn’t divorce for legitimate reasons in the eyes of God when He said those words. Marriage is a ministry that is to be taken seriously. Therefore if it is abandoned at the first sign of trouble instead of empowered, endured, and enjoyed by the grace of God, Jesus address to them what that they were missing the point as to why divorce was even permitted in the first place. If under extreme circumstances, you passed beyond the point of all help and had to resort to divorce, you are not sinning in the eyes of God and as free to marry and have a marriage that honors Him as you did when you were single. The point was to understand that marriage is a covenant not taken lightly in the eyes of God, and shouldn’t be abused or abandoned because of the smallest inconvenience.
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