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Divorce, amongst believers

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Jesus Christ challenged the liberal approach to divorce taken by some rabbis of his day, and upheld the idea of marriage as a lifelong commitment. Remarriage after divorce is generally classed as adultery and, where possible, divorced parties should seek reconciliation. There are circumstances, however, where remarriage is permissible.

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The liberal attitude to divorce

Matthew 19:3 KJV 1900
The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
See also ;

The undesirability of divorce

God’s plan for marriage

Matthew 19:4–6 KJV 1900
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.
See also ; ; ;

Divorce is permitted because of human sinfulness

Matthew 19:8 KJV 1900
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.

Christians should not seek divorce

This command, echoing Jesus Christ’s words, applies where both parties are believers.
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Remarriage after divorce

Believers should seek reconciliation

1 Corinthians 7:11 KJV 1900
But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
See also Marriage to another after divorce prevents reconciliation.

Remarriage after divorce is classed as adultery

This is a general rule, though there may be exceptions (see below).
See also ;

Remarriage may be permissible

“unmarried” means literally “freed from a wife” and thus may be applied to those widowed or properly divorced. It is no sin for them to (re)marry.

Possible grounds for divorce and remarriage

See also God divorced Israel because of her adultery; ;
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