Did God Give Us Divorce?

By Timothy Sparks
tdsparks77@yahoo.com
http://www.timothysparks.com

While some may say that God did not give us divorce, there are three exceptions they may allow:

(1) An exception to Jesus’ ban on divorce;

(2) An exception that would favorably authorize hard-heartedness, permitting divorce; and

(3) An exception that would favorably authorize withholding forgiveness, permitting divorce.

Jesus says that it is not for humans to divide what God joined (Mt. 19:6; Mk. 10:9), yet divorce is an attempt to divide what God united. God did not give divorce in the beginning (Mt. 19:8), and Jesus bans it (Mt. 19:4-6). God gives no exception to Jesus’ ban on divorce.

God hates divorce, which arose from husbands’ hatred against their wives (Mal. 2:16). Jesus makes clear that divorce originated out of men’s hard-heartedness (Mk. 10:5). God gives no exception to Jesus’ teaching that would favorably authorize hard-heartedness.

Hard-heartedness is the opposite of forgiveness, and Jesus commands unlimited forgiveness (Mt. 18:21-22). God will not forgive unforgiving individuals (Mt. 18:35). God gives no exception to Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness.

Why would we want to hold onto a human institution God did not give us?

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2 responses to “Did God Give Us Divorce?

  1. Brenda Thiessen

    I whole heartily agree with your stand on divorce and remarriage . I’m not sure exactly how you stand on the issue of forgiveness but from all the article’s that I’ve read from many different ministries I have yet to find one that is accurate and complete except for the series of messages by Pastor Phil Schlamp on sermonaudio.com, call, “Forgiveness , will that be One Goat or Two”, I would highly recommend it because of the New Age teaching on forgiveness is being taught and accepted in the church today.

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    • Hello Brenda, thank you for your message. I believe in unlimited forgiveness (Mt. 18:21-22) as Jesus taught just prior to the issue the Pharisees raised about divorce (Matthew 19). I also believe what Jesus said after his statement concerning unlimited forgiveness: God will not forgive unforgiving individuals (Mt. 18:35). God gives no exception to Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness. If an adulterous spouse sins against me, no matter how many times, I operate from the perspective of Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness. Others, however, believe we can hold it against an adulterous spouse and divorce. I do not believe Jesus teaches us to hold people’s sins against them. Rather, Jesus teaches us to forgive (let it go; don’t hold onto a wrong committed against us).

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