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God's Views On Divorce And Remarriage - Part 1 Of 2 Parts

God's Views On Divorce And Remarriage - Part 1 Of 2 Parts

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 ==== ====Divorce Helpdivorcesecrets.1shopdeals.net ==== ===="Marry in haste; repent in leisure," is a saying laced with alarming possibilities. Even moreterrifying is the possibility of too hastily presuming that our views on divorce and remarriage are ofGod. I passionately long to comfort you and yet I dare not downplay the fearful gravity of this matter.Jesus (and the apostle Paul - (Romans 7:3) kept equating wrong divorce with the sin of adultery.Let's not allow worldly immorality to desensitize us to what a grave offense this is. Under the OldTestament - still in force when Jesus uttered the words - adultery incurred the death penalty. Nowonder Jesus' teaching on divorce sent such a chill down the disciples' spines that in horror theyresponded that it is better never to marry (Matthew 19:10)! And let's not suppose we can get awaywith this under the New Covenant: 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do notbe deceived: Neither the sexually immoral . . . nor adulterers . . . will inherit the kingdom of God. That does not render the sin unforgivable, but just as a fireman cannot save a person who refusesto leave a burning building, so Jesus cannot save people who refuse to leave their sin. We cannotsave ourselves but we must be willing to let Jesus drag us from the sin we love, or we will die inour sin. I agonize over the possibility that most Christians who sincerely believe they know the morality ofdivorce and remarriage are completely unaware that their understanding of the Bible's teaching onthis subject is dangerously shallow. Although we tend to drastically oversimplify the biblical andmoral dilemmas of divorce and remarriage, it does not necessarily mean we have reached thewrong conclusion. It drastically increases the chance of such a mistake, however; thus exposingus to the grave danger of sinning against God or of being responsible before God for directly orindirectly influencing others to sin. "You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery?" writes Paul(Romans 2:22), implying that one can commit the sin and be quite unaware of it. Your church and favorite Bible teachers might be excellent and have far deeper understandingthan me, but does that make them infallible? I doubt if anyone on the planet has a one hundredpercent correct interpretation of every aspect of the entire Bible. How then can you be certain thatthat fraction of a percent where your church or Bible teacher is incorrect does not include teachingabout divorce? So why should I be any less fallible? I'm not. So I will not presume to tell you the correct view.What I hope to do, however, is provide a checklist of things that should be prayerfully considered
before concluding you have God's mind on the critical issue of divorce and/or remarriage. You willdiscover that some points seem pro-divorce and some seem anti-divorce. That's because I'm notpushing my own views, but seeking to assist you to personally discover God's will for yoursituation. Pondering seemingly conflicting points will initially seem confusing but it's a vital stage in the journey to truth. In addition to the obvious, it eradicates false confidence and drives us to plungeinto the heart of God, where both you and I will find all we need. After the checklist we will look at how to find answers. If you tire of the checklist go straight to the next section (the link at the end of this webpage) Since Christians have vastly different views on this matter, let's start by considering whether one'ssincere beliefs about the morality of divorce will influence God's judgment of us if we go aheadand do it. Suppose two Christians in identical circumstances each remarry. One sincerely believesthat he has God's blessing on the new marriage. The other believes that by remarrying he iscommitting a gross sin. Will God judge them differently? In most countries, ignorance of the law isno excuse. Is this how God judges? In two long passages of Scripture, Paul explains that some things become sin merely because aperson believes them to be sin (Romans 14:1-23; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13). It is most important torealize, however, that Paul was referring to acts that are not of themselves sinful. He is not sayingthat if someone believes "sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery" are moral, then theysuddenly become acceptable. On the contrary, these belong to the list of which Paul declares, "Iwarn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God"(Galatians 19-21). Elsewhere he says the same about adultery (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). To understand what Paul was saying, consider this: if you knew that someone believed he wasdeliberately poisoning your child, you would be extremely upset by his action, even if it turned outthat he was mistaken and the substance was harmless. His belief about his action is enough tohighly offend you. On the other hand, if someone carelessly poisoned your child, believing thesubstance to be harmless, you would also be upset. A person's belief can turn somethingharmless into sin, but it cannot turn sin into something harmless. If Jane believes something that is innocent is adultery, then if she chooses to do it, she is guilty ofadultery in the eyes of the One who sees her heart. If, however, she does something that in God'seyes is adultery, then she is committing adultery even she sincerely believes that what she isdoing is innocent. If Jane's ignorance was genuine, God will be lenient, but she will still be heldaccountable. Luke 12:47-48 That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not dowhat his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and doesthings deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows.
 There is greater leniency for one, but both are punished. Ignorance is not bliss. Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. If your "belief" that something sinful is acceptable is merely because you have schemed to silenceyour conscience or to fool God by trying to convince yourself that it has God's approval, then such"belief" will not even buy you leniency. If you have a shadow of doubt over the legitimacy of something, you must avoid it. Romans 14:23 But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is notfrom faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin. This Scripture is talking about eating because it applies to minor things, not major matters likeadultery. Feeling certain that whatever you do has God's approval is an essential starting point. Toavoid what God regards as adultery, however, in addition to believing that it is right, it must beright. remarriage? A divorced woman told me: I have friends who say I should consider remarriage, but I don't dare, because I do not want torationalize that remarriage is permissible if it's not - and for centuries the understanding of thechurch was that it was not permissible. Is it mere coincidence that over the last decades, as the world has grown increasingly accepting ofdivorce, so has much of the church? To discover how addicted to change this world has made us, look back to an era when mostpeople were farmers working the same plot of land as their father's father, or craftsmen engagedin the same work in the same place, not just all their lives, but for generations. Look at an erawhere one's mode of transport or plow puller was not a heartless machine to be traded in nextyear for the new improved model, but an animal that inspired affection and loyalty and whosedeath was mourned. Our era stands out from the past as one that exalts self pleasure over duty,personal "advancement" over loyalty, and change over stability. (Note how even the words duty,loyalty, and stability seem old-fashioned.) Wherever we look in modern society we find stressorsand mindsets driving us to trade in our partner for a new improved model promising higher statusor excitement. Of course, just because certain Christians lived in another era does not make them right. Theissue to beg God to search your heart over, however, is this: Are you, and the Christians whoinfluence you, being led by the Spirit of God or unknowingly led by the spirit of the world? Divine forgiveness is perhaps life's most wondrously liberating experience. We must understand,however, that total forgiveness of our past mistakes does not make us free to keep sinning or tokeep enjoying the benefits of past sin. For example, if you stole a million dollars, forgiveness does

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