What Jesus said about it

Everything you need to know about divorce and remarriage is contained in these texts:

But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. (Matthew 5:32)

For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
(Romans 7:2-3)

Here, Paul succinctly explains the foundation from the law for Jesus’ statements on divorce and remarriage.

On a related issue, why ask for someone’s opinion or interpretation of these verses, as if they were not self-explanatory? It could be that the person understands the plain text, doesn’t like it, and then searches for an alternative interpretation.

When people ask me my interpretation of these verses i really hesitate, having nothing to add to what the text plainly says, and i feel a caution not to in any way diminish the words of our Lord Jesus Christ.

People ask me to explain these verses to them, and i feel that sometimes they are searching for someone who will tell them the opposite of the text: having itching ears, searching for teachers, searching for alternative interpretations – that is, people who don’t like what the text says, who search for teachers to offer them alternatives.

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