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What Does the Bible Teach About Divorce?

Discussion in 'Bible Study Forum' started by charleychacko, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. charleychacko

    charleychacko New Member

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    Divorce is a growing problem in America. The casual attitude of divorce in the secular world is spilling over into the church where the statistics are only slightly lower. Consider the following statistics from the US Census Bureau: In 1920, there was 1 divorce for every 7 marriages. That is 14%. In 1940, there was 1 divorce for every 6 marriages. That is 17%. In 1960, there was 1 divorce for every 4 marriages. That is 25%. In 1972, there was 1 divorce for every 3 marriages. That is 33%. In 1977, there was 1 divorce for every 2 marriages. That is 50%.(1) Of course, the divorce rate has stayed around 50% since the 70's, but has recently exceeded that. Marriage was first instituted by God in the Garden of Eden. It is a monogamous, physical and spiritual union between a man and a woman (Gen. 2:21-24), where adultery was forbidden (Exodus 20:14), and dissolution was not allowed. But it didn't take long for the monogamous arrangement to become corrupted. Polygamy became an accepted social custom (Gen. 16:1-2; Deut. 21:15). In fact, many of the Kings of Israel were polygamists. The norm, however, was, and still is, monogamy.People Got Divorced in the Bible. As is evident in the statistics above, people get divorced. Even in the Bible there was divorce. In the OT, only men were able to divorce their wives (Deut. 24:1-4). In the NT, women were also apparently able to initiate divorce (Mark 10:12; 1 Cor. 7:13). But, what is a Christian to do if he or she has been divorced? Can he remarry? Should he stay single? Is the Christian guilty of a perpetual sin if he or she divorces? God wants the Christian to take marriage very seriously. Jesus said, "What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate," (Mark 10:9 -- see also 1 Cor. 7:10-11; Heb. 13:4.).(2) But, because we live in an imperfect world, the Bible speaks about the circumstance of divorce.
     
  2. Christina

    Christina New Member

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    God hates divorce it is a very hurtful thing for all envolved but God once divorced Israel for her spiritually adulterous ways.but it is not an unforgivable sin Christ died to pay for this sin also you need to ask God for forgivness for your part in this sin of divorce and it is forgiven.
     
  3. ageeagee

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    You know the bible answers to your questions right? Your questions are probably statements cause many church leaders simply shy off a full bible stand on this subject matter intentionally. Then again anybody can have an impressive biography book in the bookstores and later be on the radio and television as a celebrity but you still don't know much of a bible believer they are cause they'll probably spend 98% of their teaching on faith and prosperity, tithes, the 10 commandments, the cross and the grace of Jesus only. What good is following a celebrity with a ministry if you don't know him with the book hardly? Jesus said in Matthew 15:14 that if the blind lead the blind both with fall into the ditch. Simply knowing a sweetheart that barely lets you know them with the book. Critics will now say it don't matter cause you can have your own philosophy with certain bible subject matters and still go to heaven. Paul would correct them in Colossians 2:8. He would correct them in 2 Timothy 3:16. He would correct them in 2 Peter 1:20-21. Since their is a correct teaching on anything in the book and theirs an incorrect teaching on anything in the book and we talking heaven or hell only, it's vital to hang around real sheep with the spirit of God talking with the book on anything contained in it. Real sheep not required to be the wittiest with the book anywhere all the time but their phony with dealing and teaching anything in this book correctly. Paul says so in 2 Corinthians 11:2-3 somewhere and also in John 10:23 I believe. We hang around these phonies then we're in trouble with the warning in Matthew 15:14 and also the warning in 2 Corinthians 6:14-17. Escaping away from this partial doctrine unity in Christ is quite a job for real sheep but I stand on all the book 100% correctly when the Lord gives me grace to know what's correct teaching with the book anywhere. I'm confident and fully persuaded that he has real sheep like this that won't cater to people with the partial doctrine unity meetings to have fellowship only. (charleychacko;1904)
    Divorce is a growing problem in America. The casual attitude of divorce in the secular world is spilling over into the church where the statistics are only slightly lower. Consider the following statistics from the US Census Bureau: In 1920, there was 1 divorce for every 7 marriages. That is 14%. In 1940, there was 1 divorce for every 6 marriages. That is 17%. In 1960, there was 1 divorce for every 4 marriages. That is 25%. In 1972, there was 1 divorce for every 3 marriages. That is 33%. In 1977, there was 1 divorce for every 2 marriages. That is 50%.(1) Of course, the divorce rate has stayed around 50% since the 70's, but has recently exceeded that. Marriage was first instituted by God in the Garden of Eden. It is a monogamous, physical and spiritual union between a man and a woman (Gen. 2:21-24), where adultery was forbidden (Exodus 20:14), and dissolution was not allowed. But it didn't take long for the monogamous arrangement to become corrupted. Polygamy became an accepted social custom (Gen. 16:1-2; Deut. 21:15). In fact, many of the Kings of Israel were polygamists. The norm, however, was, and still is, monogamy.People Got Divorced in the Bible. As is evident in the statistics above, people get divorced. Even in the Bible there was divorce. In the OT, only men were able to divorce their wives (Deut. 24:1-4). In the NT, women were also apparently able to initiate divorce (Mark 10:12; 1 Cor. 7:13). But, what is a Christian to do if he or she has been divorced? Can he remarry? Should he stay single? Is the Christian guilty of a perpetual sin if he or she divorces? God wants the Christian to take marriage very seriously. Jesus said, "What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate," (Mark 10:9 -- see also 1 Cor. 7:10-11; Heb. 13:4.).(2) But, because we live in an imperfect world, the Bible speaks about the circumstance of divorce.
     
  4. ageeagee

    ageeagee New Member

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    floor is still open here.we know about the philosophers.any real bible believers?
     
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    I think divorce is sometimes needed in the event of a hostile spouse, but even then the bible doesn't say that after a divorce you can remarry. It is till death do you part, not the bumpy road of life.
     
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    Divorce is not the "unforgiveable sin." When we repent God forgives and He say He will remember the sin no more. So if you are divorced and have repented of your part, it is as if you have never been married.
     
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    Biblically speaking, there are two grounds for divorce:Mt 5:31 “It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ n Mt 5:32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery. o So one has the right to divorce a spouse who is having an affair. In the Biblical spirit of repentence and forgivness, I do believe that we are called upon to allow the adulterer to repent. So it is safe to assume that divorce is allowed in the case of an unrepepentant undulterer.1Co 7:15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let him do so. A believing man or woman is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peaceOnce again, only if the unbelieving spouse demands "Me or your faith!"There is no specific guidence on an abusive spouse. On can suppose that a wife beater is unfaithful. PK is in some hot water over this issue because some wife beater supposedly repented at a rally only to return a beat yer yet again. When she decided to leave him, he beat her with a 2 X 4 and placed her in a coma. PK is funding his defense on the premise that it was her fault because she disobeyed God's command to be faithful by moving out.The Late Dr. J Vernon McGee once preached. "God's command for a wife to be faithful applies ONLY to believers. A believing wife married to a believing husband. A woman is not bound to a drug addicted, alcoholic wife beater."I myself am divorced. My first wife and stepdaughter were both drug addicts.The stepdaughter dropped out of school and was bringing home the worst boys you could imagine for ones daughter. Any attempt to stop this was considered mentally abusive. CPS informed me that "Some people are destined to use drugs and you need to accept that! It is your duty as a parent to provide safe drugs and a safe environment for her to use them!"In reguard to her borfriends: "Her sex life is none of your business!"It finally boiled over to becomming violent. They both tried to beat me but did not have the streanth to do so. The wife actually accused be of beating her because she hurt her hand while hitting me. CPS declared that "Failure to reel from a blow I deserved was an act of abuse."The Daughter began to make death threats. She complained to CPS that she wanted to shoot me but I kept my guns locked up. CPS informed me that if she ever suceeded in shooting me that they would provide legal defense for her and defend it as a justifiable shooting.In the final confrontation, they both were beating on me. The daughter made another death threat. I handed her a shotgun and told her. "I am sick of your threats! Here! Either do it or don't ever bring it up again! There is only one catch! You need to do it before a come accross the room, take it from you, and wrap it around your neck!" She passed on the opportunity.My wife then told me that she would prefer an alcoholic wife beater over me because my mental abuse was worse. I replied "If that is what you believe, I can no longer be your husband!" I packed up and moved out. We were separated for over two years before I filed for divorce. In that period, I was being told that I needed counseling and needed to be more tolerant.As the divorce became close to being final, I made one last ultimatum.I had moved from San Diego back to Fresno. My offer was this: "Here is the valley,we are still 30 years or so behind the times, gangs have yet to infest the school here and the Church is strong in our community. You move in over here, your daughter goes back to school and gets counseling. From now on, we do things not my way, not your way, but God's way."Her response was "She's my daughter and I an't do that to her!"So, I alowed the divorce to become final. By all human standards, I was justified but I still felt guilt. Over not being strong enough in some areas, too forcefull in others etc. It was not until I went to a PK Rally where I was able to place it all at the foot of the Cross that I was able to overcome this mess I was in.Divorce is like an amputation. It is as ugly as it can be necessary. If the spouse becomes the disease, an amputation might be called for.
     
  8. Christina

    Christina New Member

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    IT is as Tom says(tomwebster;6012)
    Divorce is not the "unforgiveable sin." When we repent God forgives and He say He will remember the sin no more. So if you are divorced and have repented of your part, it is as if you have never been married.
     
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