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Divorce: The Bible's Stand On Divorce.

 Welcome,last time we looked at Dating a Christian? 5 things you need to know. Today we want to know more about the Bible's stand on divorce.


  most families in the world today are victims of this great menace called divorce. It has separated families, destroyed lives and has changed destinies. But the bible In the book of Mal. 2:16  tells us that God hates divorce.
Malachi 2:16  For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.
 To get a better understanding of verse 16 of chapter 2, let's take a look at verse 15 of the same Chapter 2.
Malachi 2:15  And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. 
 Now back to verse 16, The clause PUTTING AWAY actually means divorce, separation in other versions and this is as a result of hatred, God hates HATRED automatically he hates the fruit of Hatred one of which is divorce.
I have been able to prove the fact that God hates divorce, but that doesn't mean he doesn't allow divorce. Before we look into this I'll want us to understand what divorce really is.

 What is Divorce.

 Divorce is the legal dissolution of marriage by a court or other competent body.
 This definition is also inline with God's word, most couples separate believing it is divorce. One major criteria for divorce is that it must be legal just as a marriage must also be legal I.e it must be bound by the law of the land. So when a partner leaves a relationship without making it legal, they are not divorced. let look at what the Bible has to say about this.
Deuteronomy 24:1 When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.

In the above text we see what the Hebrews referred to as Bill OF DIVORCEMENT.

Matthew 19:6-7  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?

Here the New Testament refers that this same bill as a WRITING OF DIVORCEMENT. This bill/writing is what we call a certificate of Divorce today. Divorce has to be legal, now we see why I said most couples are separated and not divorced. Separated couples should try as much as possible to avoid sex during this period of separation else it will be considered as adultery.
I started by saying God hates divorce, but this doesn't mean he does not allow it on certain grounds and this leads us to the main point of this write-up. So even when we legally divorced the main question is are we biblically divorced.
This question must be asked because it concerns our spiritual life as God's children. What the world call divorce today may not be divorce( even if it is now legal) before God except on certain grounds.

Grounds on which divorce becomes legal before God.

  •  Unbelieving partner:

1 Corinthians 7:13-15  And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.
For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.

Eeeaaasssy and self explanatory.
A Christian marries an unbelieving partner - a non-christian, the Christian is not to leave the marriage because his\her presence alone in that family is significant. The unbelieving partner might repent as a result of the life style of the Christian partner, the Christian also gets the chance to preach the Gospel to their partner, and for this reasons and more the Christian is not to divorce the unbeliever. But if the unbeliever leaves the marriage, there and then they are divorced before God.


  •  sexual immorality:



Matthew 19:7-9  They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?
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.
And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
This is self explanatory. I don't really have to dwell much on this. Cheating in a relationship destroys that relationship, and if a Christian couple decides to get divorce on this Ground it becomes legal before God. But if a Christian couple separates for any other reason aside this, then they  commit adultery with their new partners because they are yet to dissolve the initial marriage. So beware.


  •  Death:

1 Corinthians 7:39  The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.
"...for better, for worse till death do us part..."
In this case it as simple as ABC. A Christian dies the partner is free to marry whoever she wants, but she is encouraged to do so in the lord for the sake of her faith. On this Ground the surviving partner is divorce because you cannot be in covenant with a dead person.

conclusion:

 These Grounds are the scripturally acceptable grounds for divorce. Any act of divorce that happens outside the confines of the above points is not the Bible's stand on divorce.
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