Marriage and Divorce

Topics: Marriage, Bible, Jesus Pages: 3 (617 words) Published: April 19, 2014
Name: Dorothy Williamson
Writing Style Used: Turabian
Course and Section Number: THEO 202 D05

Anthropology: Marriage and Divorce
As a man and a woman enter into a union of marriage, there comes a mutual surrender of each person’s individualities and uniting of the virtues of both the man and the woman. They therefore become of one flesh and no longer are two individuals. 1 Peter 3:7; Husbands,in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. (NIV)1.

The teaching of the Scriptures regarding divorce are very clear in 1 Corinthians 7:10-11. To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord):A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife. (NIV)2. From the beginning of mankind, God made no provision for divorce. Moses permitted divorce in Israel, “because of the hardness of their hearts”. Divorce was therefore never sanctioned or approved by God. Jesus Christ taught that nothing could dissolve the marriage union except cases of adultery; (Matthew 5; 19), or by death of a spouse.

In the event one of the parties of the marriage is not a believer, the believer is not permitted to leave the marriage. The non-believer would have no chance of being brought to Christ without the union with the believing spouse. The believer is instructed to stay in the marriage at all costs, unless adultery has occured. In this case, a divorce could then be applied for. If a divorce were to occur between a non-believer and a believer, it is the non-believer who needs to leave the marriage union. Because that God has called us to live at peace with one another; attempting to keep the unbelieving spouse from leaving the marriage union would ultimately cause further disorder within the home. Once a union...

Bibliography: The Holy Bible NIV
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Marriage and Divorce by Theodore Epp
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