Friday, September 07, 2007

What does God say about divorce?

Well, I don’t really want to get into an exhausting study and teaching on divorce right now. I have just been reading, meditating and journaling through the Gospel of Mark. In chapter 10 the topic of divorce surfaces and the words of Jesus seem to be quite clear.
It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law. But at the beginning of creation God “made them male and female.” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate. Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery. - Mark 10:5-12
This text taken alone would indicate that God has a rather narrow view of divorce. There is no mention of any extenuating circumstances or other means to justify divorce. In fact, in verse 5 Jesus seems to be making the argument that any prior law (and one could extrapolate any future law) providing justification for divorce was not the preferred plan from God, but rather was created to accommodate mans hardened hearts.

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