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WHEN A CHRISTIAN WANTS A DIVORCE WITHOUT A SCRIPTURAL REASON, AND THE OTHER IS FORCED TO SIGN IT AGAINST THEIR WILL, MUST BOTH REMAIN SINGLE?

 

            First, no one is forced to sign divorce papers.  They may feel severe pressure to sign.  But, I have yet to seen a man’s hand be forced by another hand to sign for a divorce.

            Secondly, I touched on 1 Cor. 7 last month which shows that even if one separated for a limited time (vs. 5), it is not a divorce in the eyes of God.  Therefore, I see no point in having a worldly judge write a divorce for that which God does not separate.  Furthermore, those who go through such a terrible thing has probably not seriously studied vs. 2-5 in which those who are considering to leave, need to still stay loyal to their marriage vows.  And, if one leaves and the other sins, it is the fault of both and not just the one that committed the act because both have contributed to the sin (vs. 5).

            Now, people will cry out unfair, but I think people do not understand what God said when the two became one flesh (Gen. 2).  Furthermore, in 1 Cor. 7:10, it is not good for divorce to take place because it destroys the foundation of any marriage.  So, be wise and careful how and who you chose and in who you will be joined together with.  Because as vs. 11 points out, both are still married in God’s eyes.  And, in Matt. 19, Jesus denies everyone the right to divorce for any cause, except fornication.

Robert Notgrass

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