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I think Jonathon started with a great passage for this question, but stopped short of an interpretation that carries the full weight of the passage. The passage has two different parts. One part addresses marriages between believers, the other mixed marriages. First, let's take the part between believers: 1st Corinthians 7:10-11 (ESV) To the married ...


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I think there are two basic answers to your question. The first, and simple answer is: Many Protestant churches do not allow divorce. Some congregations deny membership rights to people who are divorced. The more direct, and also more complex, answer to your question is: Many protestant churches permit divorce because there is simply nothing they can ...


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Good question! In the New American Bible (Revised Edition), which is the translation authorized by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops for use in the United States, Matt. 19:9 reads: I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery. (Note: you don't specify which translation you're using; ...


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A catholic within the parameters set by the Magestarium can interpret this verse in the following ways: Sexual immorality can be a valid reason for civil divorce. But such divorced couples cannot remarry. The word used in Matthew 19:9 for sexual immorality is: porneia. This word can also mean marriage with close relatives. (Ordinary Greek word for adultery ...


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This is a difficult question of Christian practice. How do you deal with marriages that fail? It's easy to be consistent. It's very easy to point to scriptural sayings and say "Jesus disapproves" and consider that the end of the matter. It's easy to say something is sinful and should be forbidden. It's even easy to ostracise those who are divorced, ...


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As Matthew 19:18 states, Jesus replied, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. Jesus is clearly pointing out that divorce is, in fact, legal. It is bad, but it is permissible. To turn it into an iron-clad law is then much like laws concerning the Sabbath - Jesus values the ...


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It is worth noting that while divorce was not part of God's original intent / design, for those who were determined to divorce, God made a provision (through Moses) for them to do that in a respectful way. This is in stark contrast with homosexuality, which, throughout the entire Christian canon is characteristic of deep depravity (cf. Sodom, Rom. 1), and ...


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As usual the Catholic Encyclopedia is helpful here. The Catholic doctrine on divorce may be summed up in the following propositions: In Christian marriage, which implies the restoration, by Christ Himself, of marriage to its original indissolubility, there can never be an absolute divorce, at least after the marriage has been consummated; ...


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I know of no doctrine held by any Christian tradition based on this passages that speaks to virginity at the time of marriage in relation to possible divorce. It is simply not the subject matter of the passage and drawing such a conclusion from it would be bad hermeneutics. You would need to find other teachings on previous relationships or extra-marital ...


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In some cases the rules for a church annulment may coincide with the rules for a civil divorce, but not a civil annulment (those latter rules obviously depending on the jurisdiction in question). This would mean that someone would be able to be not married, in the eyes of both church and state, but while the state considered them divorced - that is, that ...


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what factors should a person take into account when forming their consciences to up and leave Well, there's this from Malachi 2:16: "I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel It's really hard to overstate that. The idea of "forming their conscience" to do something the Lord hates, even if you're only talking about the civil aspect, smacks of ...


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Taking a look at what Jesus said: They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. At that time, the Jews were practicing divorce, on the basis that if the ...


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"Marriage unfaithfulness" is not a term used in the Bible, so one would have to define it in order to determine a biblical answer. Where did you get the words from, and how were they used? Since you ask "What MIGHT the Bible refer to as marital unfaithfulness," then I would consider what the husband is supposed to do for the wife and fails to do it as ...


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Marriage is more than sex. When you enter a marriage you take on all sorts of other obligations - to love and support your spouse, to care for them in sickness, to provide for your mutual needs, and to act as parent to any children you might have. If you deliberately choose to leave a marriage you are abandoning all those obligations as well as the one to ...


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First of all, if you are going to accept an answer from conservative biblical scholarship, you have to set aside the claim that Paul merely condemned "men acting/dressing like women." Romans 1:26-27 has been claimed to be addressing certain forms of sexual intercourse, not just dressing or acting like women. An additional point on this distinction is that ...


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When we get married we take VOWS (promise) before GOD to LOVE, HONOR and CHERISH our spouse. By definition "unfaithfulness" - unfaithful — adj 1. not true to a promise, vow, etc 2. not true to a wife, husband, lover, etc, esp in having sexual intercourse with someone else 3. inaccurate; inexact; unreliable; untrustworthy: unfaithful copy 4. obsolete ...


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Your Question #1: Does adultery of the heart as described by Jesus in Matthew 5:28 constitute the same form of "sexual immorality" given as an exception for divorce being permissible in Matthew 19:9? No, but they're "kissin' cousins"! The thought is father to the deed. If you find yourself repeatedly fantasizing about "having an affair" with that woman ...


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As to porn being a basis for divorce, I can only suspect someone might use this verse: Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And in combination with Jesus' one exception for the prohibition on divorce: "saving for the cause of fornication" (Matt ...


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Jehovah's Witnesses believe adultery is the only appropriate reason for divorce. "You have heard the law that says, 'A man can divorce his wife by merely giving her a written notice of divorce.' But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman also ...


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I hope the following does indeed contribute to the answer.... Paul writes that an elder must be above reproach, blameless, the husband of one wife, manage his own family well etc from 1 Timothy 3 and Titus. A divorce is seen as causing serious question marks on these things for the man who has gone through such a tragedy. Since the qualifications from Paul ...


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This is a good question. Joseph and Mary had entered into the covenant of betrothal for marriage. The terms of that covenant were that each would maintain purity until their wedding. When it was found that Mary was pregnant, Joseph knew quite well that the child was not his. The conclusion was that Mary had been unfaithful to him, even though this turned ...


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I think that the biggest issue is the exception in Matthew 5:32: But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. The Catholic Church takes that phrase to mean, "except in the case of unlawfulness" (which ...


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Catechism of the catholic Church 2383 The separation of spouses while maintaining the marriage bond can be legitimate in certain cases provided for by canon law [Cf. CIC, cann. 1151-1155.]. If civil divorce remains the only possible way of ensuring certain legal rights, the care of the children, or the protection of inheritance, it can be ...


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An important consideration is the audience to which each of these statements was made. Jesus was speaking to Jewish people living under the Law of Moses prior to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Paul, however, was speaking to believers in Jesus Christ, who may have been Jewish, but had a spouse who was not a believer. From a purely biblical ...


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Jesus seems to indicate that sexual immorality is a valid reason for divorce. 9 And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery. Looking in the footnotes, immorality can be translated fornication. The Bible also mentions abandonment as a reason for divorce, which @Jonathon covers, in ...


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My original answer was very ignorant and short. But these days I'm on a kick to fully understand Divorce from a biblical standpoint. This is a massively argued topic and nearly every sect has a different point of view. This answer will use logic to try and understand divorce more. Divorce is permitted. Albeit, a blatant declaration, but ...



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