Marriage is a very important thing in human life since it was established by God in the book of Genesis. He said, it is a holy covenant that symbolizes the relationship between Christ and his bride, or the body of Christ. It is meant for life and it should not be broken. It says in the bible, “What God has put together, let no man put asunder”. However, there are some grounds for divorce and these are: any form of sexual immorality including adultery, prostitution, fornication, pornography and incest; and breaking that bond can permits as a grounds for divorce. It is also indicated in the bible that falling out of love with your spouse can be a ground for divorce.
Marriage is a lifetime commitment. However, marital unfaithfulness or a sexual immorality can be a ground for divorce, but God never mentioned that He allows anyone to remarriage. According to the bible, anyone who divorced his/her spouse will remain single. But, if the husband dies, she is free to remarry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord. Divorce is an unlawful sin like abortion, homosexuality and adultery. In our observation of today’s divorce, it only happens because of people rebellion against God. Jesus did not teach us that He allows for divorce. It is a sin, un-forgiveness and hypocrisy. Below are some verses about divorce.
Matthew 5:31-32 NIV
“And it was said, ‘Whoever sends his wife away, let him give her a certificate of divorce’; but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the cause of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
Mark 10:2-12 NIV
And some Pharisees came up to Him, testing Him, and began to question Him whether it was lawful for a man to divorce a wife. And He answered and said to them, “What did Moses command you?” And they said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.” But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. “But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. “For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and the two shall become one flesh; consequently they are no longer two, but one flesh. “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” And in the house the disciples began questioning Him about this again. And He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her; and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery.”
Luke 16:18 NIV
“Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and he who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery.
1 Corinthians 7:10-15 NIV
But to the married I give instructions, not I, but the Lord, that the wife should not leave her husband (but if she does leave, let her remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband should not send his wife away. But to the rest I say, not the Lord, that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, let him not send her away. And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, let her not send her husband away. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy. Yet if the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called us to peace.
1 Corinthians 7:39 NIV
A wife is bound as long as her husband lives; but if her husband is dead, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.
Deuteronomy 24:1-4 NIV
“When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out from his house, and she leaves his house and goes and becomes another man’s wife, and if the latter husband turns against her and writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, or if the latter husband dies who took her to be his wife, then her former husband who sent her away is not allowed to take her again to be his wife, since she has been defiled; for that is an abomination before the LORD, and you shall not bring sin on the land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance.
Romans 7:2-3 NIV
For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband. So then if, while her husband is living, she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress, though she is joined to another man.
Malachi 2:14-15 NIV
“Yet you say, ‘For what reason?’ Because the LORD has been a witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. “But not one has done so who has a remnant of the Spirit. And what did that one do while he was seeking a godly offspring? Take heed then, to your spirit, and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of your youth.
Ephesians 5:33 NIV
Nevertheless let each individual among you also love his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see to it that she respect her husband.
Matthew 19:6 NIV
“Consequently they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”
Deuteronomy 22:19 NIV
and they shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver and give them to the father of the young woman, because he has brought a bad name upon a virgin of Israel. And she shall be his wife. He may not divorce her all his days.
Deuteronomy 22:29 NIV
then the man who lay with her shall give to the father of the young woman fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife, because he has violated her. He may not divorce her all his days.
Jeremiah 3:1 NIV
“If a man divorces his wife and she goes from him and becomes another man’s wife, will he return to her?
Malachi 2:16 NIV
“For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the LORD, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.”
Matthew 1:19 NIV
And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.
Mark 10:2 NIV
And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”
1Corinthians 7:11 NIV
(but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife.