The general purpose of the Christian Scripture’s teaching on the subject of divorce and remarriage is to revise the Torah’s teaching in thedirection of greater stringency. Yeshua shows that the reason for this has to do with original intent. Divorce, or “putting away” which wasallowed under Moses, is all but banned in the Christian Scriptures. Remarriage, especially marrying a previously married woman, becomes the focus of several restrictions introduced by the Christian Scriptures.The general practice of the church-world has followed the direction of “advancing” civilization, which has become more and moreromantically loose and liberal. The Christian Scriptures are very strict; the Torah is not quite as strict, the church-world is as strict as it isfiscally comfortable for an institution to be that is totally dependent on pan-handling its membership. There, just “find your fit” andalmost anything goes. Teachings vary between rural and urban churches, between educated and unlettered churches, and reflect moreaccurately the cultures and attitudes of the people making offerings than righteous men taking a stand.
GOD HATES DIVORCE
Divorce is a popular thing these days. Who will speak against something popular?The Christian Scriptures place the most emphasis on this aspect of the Marriage relationship: it is a lifelong covenant, and God hatesdivorce:
"The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for everycause? And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made [them] at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."
"...whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery:"
"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. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except [it be] for fornication, and shall marry another,committeth adultery:"
(Mat 19:8 -9)
"And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."
"And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her."
"And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery."
"Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery:"
"And unto the married I command, [yet] not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from [her] husband: But and if she depart,let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to [her] husband: and let not the husband put away [his] wife."
(1 Cor 7:10,11)
"But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let himnot put her away."
(1Cr 7:12)If it seems rhetorical to say that God hates divorce, it is only fair to point out that it says that he hates it in just so many words:
"For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away."
(Mal 2:16)It seems that the focal point of Christian Scriptures’ teaching on the subject is that once people get married, they need to stay married, or they will be in danger of serious iniquity.Dealing with groups of people, however, we find that often it so happens that marriages do fail.The JRG belongs to a school of thought that is unwilling to take many of the liberties with scripture that the church world uses in serviceof its pecuniary avarice and its goal of growth. HalleluYah. They and some others within this school, with an eye towards the severelanguage and prohibitions attached to remarriage, argue that a marriage between two people is not valid while the original estranged partner is physically alive. This is a simple approach. It’s pretty straightforward.