Why Is Divorce For Unscriptural Reasons Forbidden By God?
As we continue to see a more “progressive” (more accurately “digressive”) society that is against the values and ethics of the Scriptures, we continue to see a society that promotes and propagates that which God opposes, such as unscriptural divorces (Matthew 19:6). There are many people who celebrate divorces as if it is a good thing. Below are some scriptural reasons why should we have an attitude that is against divorce.
God is the Designer and Creator of marriage. He knows how to design the marital relationship to be perfect in all its fulness and splendor. He has certain laws that govern the marital relationship that must be followed even today (Genesis 2:21-24; Matthew 5:31,32; 19:1-13; Mark 10:1-12; Luke 16:18; Romans 7:1-4; 1 Corinthians 7; Ephesians 5:22-33).
The husband and wife made a life-long commitment to one another when they stated their vows before God that they would stay faithfully married until physical death (Ecclesiastes 5:2-6; 1 Corinthians 7:39,40; Romans 7:1-4; Matthew 5:37). A vow is permanent and binding. When a couple divorces, they are treating those vows as if they are nothing. People need to be taught about the importance of vows and the binding nature of the marital relationship. They need to be taught about commitment, keeping their word, and the ultimate consequence of lying (Revelation 21:8).
Jesus condemns unscriptural divorces because many times it will lead to one or more spouses marrying another person, resulting in an adulterous union (Matthew 5:32; 19:9).
Divorces many times lead to lust and fornication as one does not exercise the fruit of the Spirit known as self-control and seeks sexual fulfillment in a relationship God does not join or approve (Matthew 5:31,32; 19:9; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
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