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Divorce, amongst believers

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Yeshua 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 CJB
Some P’rushim came and tried to trap him by asking, “Is it permitted for a man to divorce his wife on any ground whatever?”
See also ;

The undesirability of divorce

God’s plan for marriage

Matthew 19:4–6 CJB
He replied, “Haven’t you read that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female,and that he said, ‘For this reason a man should leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two are to become one flesh’?Thus they are no longer two, but one. So then, no one should split apart what God has joined together.”
See also ; ; ;

Divorce is permitted because of human sinfulness

Matthew 19:8 CJB
He answered, “Moshe allowed you to divorce your wives because your hearts are so hardened. But this is not how it was at the beginning.

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 CJB
But if she does separate herself, she is to remain single or be reconciled with her husband. Also, a husband is not to leave 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

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See also God divorced Israel because of her adultery; ;
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