Matthew 5:31-32 (KJB) It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: 32 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.
This world increasingly offers a widening venue for “drive-thru weddings and prides itself on the availability of instant divorce and for a multitude of reasons. However, most of these reasons do not align with the teachings of God.
Since the beginning, God fashioned the whole idea of marriage upon a spiritually strong and perpetual foundation created by Him and presented for our learning in the book of Genesis. God has prepared for each of us that can hear and receive direction and instruction concerning every aspect of life including the institution of marriage. A marital relationship is intended to last indefinitely between a man and woman until death does them part.
This divine directive about marital commitment simply means that despite the tears, the trials, the troubles, the sickness, and such hard times and circumstances, a marriage is meant to last until natural death parts the relationship of a couple. Eventually, in the New Testament, after being repeatedly pressed, God changed His mind to allow divorce but only in cases of fornication and hearts hardened to continuing in their marriage with their spouse.
You see, God set a framework in place since the beginning concerning the expected lasting nature and nurture of marriage. Divorce was not brought into the picture until New Testament times, as is mentioned in these verses. Why, such separation was not meant to be a conclusion to marriage for any little whim, tiff, difficulty, or disagreement for it is in these kinds of challenging times that God changes us and stretches us to grow and mature in both our relationship with Him and collectively with our spouse. Divorce was meant to be an exit only in cases of fornication as was agreed upon by both spouses in a marriage.
Today, however, couples can get a divorce for a multitude of reasons far beyond that which God has made an allowance concerning hardened hearts.
As the evil in this world increases, the state of marriage and the understanding about what is fornication has taken on new connotation which is far removed from the framework and language which God expressed concerning the importance of lifelong marital relationships on this earth. The latest reclassification of terms in this world to reference the sin of fornication, is to label it something softer and less “in your face,” such as sexual infidelity, or immorality, rather than God’s spiritually stout choice of fornication. None of these updated terms convey the same context and meaning as was given by God.
Once a person takes the time to study the very words of God, he or she will understand the importance of purity and the necessity for marriage to be in right spiritual standing with God. Also, that divorce is not meant to be an open or swinging door for just any grievance or trouble, and that allowance for seeking separation apart from one’s spouse was given with narrow direction from God. The pursuit for divorce outside of God’s parameters will only lead a divorced spouse to commit adultery with another. In the eyes of God, a couple remains legally married though they have sought divorce outside of His divine terms, made lawful by mankind in this world.
This accepted wickedness concerning marriage has only led to greater and greater dissatisfaction, an increase in fornication, and an uptick in appeals for divorce outside the desires and direction of God. Divorce rates have continued to soar, even among professing Christians, with the pace of separations and split-ups ever increasing to an unprecedented number leading to an increase in the committing of fornication outside of marriage and in leading to other sins including incest, adultery, and idolatry.
However, no race to divorce at work in this world will surprise God, for He knows the state of hearts and marriages. God also knows that with the wickedness present in this world will continue to increase as time continues to wind down.
God presented His intended structure of marriage to teach us about His constant commitment, our eternal standing, and to strengthen our relationship with Him. To understand this strong eternal bond, a person must be familiar with His Word, including God’s context and meaning of a godly marriage, fornication, and adultery rather than believing in the weak and watered down explanations offered in updated Bible per-versions crafted in this world.
You see, from the truths presented in God’s Word, there will be a vital wedding ceremony to come one day soon. This perpetual wedding will take place at a time of God’s choosing when the Groom returns to this earth for marriage. This spiritual event will take place whether a person is ready to meet Christ or not.
Each of us has received an invitation to attend His wedding ceremony. However, not every person will open the envelope and be ready to accept His invitation for sweet, uninterrupted fellowship with Him forever. Instead, many souls will face eternal separation from God having preferenced the fornication and adultery palatable to lost hearts in this world.
Each soul can trust the truths found in God’s unaltered Word, pointing to the faithfulness of God, given for our spiritual regeneration, and eternal maturity as we sojourn in this world. No deviations of His Word or context is ever necessary.