never be taken lightly. Even though Moses allowed divorce, this was an exception granted underthe law because of their "hardness" of heart (Mark 10:5).9 Even if the divorced couple had notbeen sexually unfaithful to each other, they would commit adultery in God's sight if they marriedother partners. By allowing divorce for the reason of "immorality," or illicit sexual intercourse, Jesus' perception isthat a person dissolves his marriage by creating a sexual union with someone other than themarriage partner. Adultery violates the sacred "oneness" intended by God when he united Adamand Eve in the first marriage relationship (Gen. 2:18-25). Christian Divorce on the grounds of adultery may seem to free the innocent partner to remarrywithout guilt (Matt. 19:9). However, this is sometimes questioned. Even though Jesus alloweddivorce for adultery, He did not require it. Instead Jesus insisted that divorce disrupts God's planfor marriage and left the way open for repentance and forgiveness. Paul was essentially in agreement with Jesus' teachings on marriage and Christian divorce. Paul,however, was forced to deal with new situations involving divorce between two believers andbetween a believer and an unbeliever. For the two believers, Paul exhorts them to follow theLord's teachings and be reconciled. Under no circumstances is either allowed to marry again (1Cor. 7:10-11). In 1 Corinthians 7:15, Paul says that a Christian whose mate has abandoned the marriage shouldbe free to go through with the divorce. Paul says that, "If the unbeliever departs, let him depart; abrother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases." Many scholars hold that the phrase "notunder bondage" means that a deserted Christian spouse may go from divorce to remarriage.However, other scholars disagree with this interpretation. Which ever the case may be, Paul stillencourages the believer to keep the marriage together in hopes that the unbelieving partner mightbe saved (1 Cor. 7:16). Since the time of Paul, Christian divorce has become as much of a "disease" as it is for those whochose to live an ungodly life. In fact, within Christian circles there is an attitude in which believersrationalize divorce by saying they "married the wrong person" and are therefore out of God's will.This type of thinking not only limits God, it also ignores the clear teachings of scripture in regardsto the marriage covenant. God does not make mistakes. When a believer says that they married the wrong person, it islimiting God. God could, and is willing to, turn a bad marriage into a healthy one. The Bible clearlystresses in clear terms the sanctity of marriage. This principle is clear throughout the entire Bible. From Genesis (2:24) through to the teachings ofJesus (Matt. 19:4-6) and Paul (Eph. 5:31), a committed and monogamous marriage isemphasized. The marriage commitment is a covenant that must not be broken while bothmembers live, even if they think they may have made a mistake. Marriage was instituted by God when He declared, "It is not good that man should be alone; I willmake him a helper comparable to him" (Gen. 2:18). For this reason God fashioned a woman andbrought her to Adam. On seeing the woman, Adam exclaimed, "This is now bone of my bones andflesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man" (Gen. 2:23).