If a person has been married 5 times which one counts before God?

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If a person has been married 5 times, which marriage counts of the five times depends on the situation. There are several factors that can determine that like death of the spouse, unfaithfulness, physical abuse and so on. So, in order to answer that question we need more facts presented that we can base our response on.

Jesus was asked a similar question by the Sadducees who did not believe in the resurrection:

If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. And last of all the woman died also. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her. Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven” (Matthew 22:23-30).

The Sadducees are said to have prided themselves on being more exact students of the Scriptures than the Pharisees, but Jesus here asserts that in spite of all their presumed knowledge of the Word of God, they are profoundly ignorant. Theological concepts based on speculative reasoning from incomplete information are certain to lead astray those who resort to this fanciful method of arriving at truth.

The Sadducees forgot that a God powerful enough to raise men from the dead also had the wisdom and power to set up anew a perfect order of society in the perfect new earth. Furthermore, all who are saved will be contented and happy with the glorious new order of things, even though they cannot fully realize in this life what the future will bring forth (1 Cor. 2:9). Evidently there will be no need for marriage and procreation, because a different order of life will prevail.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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