When is it alright to divorce according to the Bible?

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“What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matthew 19:6). “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” (Matthew 19:9). “The woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth” (Romans 7:2).

The scriptures teach that the ties of marriage are meant to be indissoluble. Divorce is permissible only in the case of adultery. But even then it is not demanded, only permitted. Forgiveness is always better than divorce, even in the case of adultery. The Lord ordained that marriage would last a life time.

Divorce can often serve as a “excuse” instead of working things out. This is one reason Jesus ruled it out. Divorce is destructive to the children and is not the solution to marital problems. God instituted marriage to guard His children’s purity and happiness, to provide for their social needs, and to elevate their physical, mental, and moral nature. The marriage vows are among the most solemn and binding obligations that human beings can have. To lightly set them aside results in removing one’s self from God’s blessings.

I hope this has been helpful. Friend, if you have any more questions, please feel free to write back!

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BibleAsk Team

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