As sad as divorce is the Church is not exempt from facing the challenges of marriage. Christians along with the rest of the world have become a statistics of divorce and that should have never happen. Over the next few paragraphs we will examine some common problems that lead to divorce and what we can do to be sure that as a Christian we uphold the vows of marriage.
The problem here is that this view does not line up with Scripture. Nowhere does the Scriptures read that remarriage after the death of the wife is forbidden. Paul advised widows to remarry, so if 3:2 prohibits widowers (who wish to be overseers) from second marriages then 5:9 prohibits widows from remarrying if they wish to enroll. Romans 7:1-3 tells us that death disbands the marriage bond. The exclusion of unmarried overseers (128-129).
Just recently Newsweek magazine produced an article which attempted to make a scriptural argument in favor of homosexual marriage. Space would not allow for one to deal with all of the errors that the writer makes in regard to biblical text. If nothing else, it demonstrates the ignorance that many people have in understanding God’s word. It also shows how far people in the media have moved away from fairly and reasonably dealing with a biblical issue. Thus, the article is aimed at proving that conservatives are wrong in maintaining that biblical marriage is between a man and a woman.
Through His chosen prophets and apostles in a statement called “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”, the Lord has declared that "marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children." In today's society, we find the traditional family unit under attack in the form of same sex unions. These "marriages" are not in tune with the will of our Heavenly Father and certainly play no role in His eternal plan of happiness. The result of these practices will be immorality in the home, degradation of our society, and a weaker nation. As President Benson stated in General Conference of 1982, "Marriage [between a man and a woman] is the rock foundation, the cornerstone, of civilization.
It says in Genesis 1:31, “God saw all that he made and it was very good.” This right here proves to those who believe that God hates homosexuals that it is in correct. In the bible it does say that for a man to lie with another man as he would a woman is an abomination. Christians say it is a sin, but to judge these actions and to be cruel to these people is a sin. Opposing people have said that whenever one violates the natural moral order established by God, that they are sinning and same-sex marriage is doing exactly that. Well the people who have said that are judging the people who support same-sex marriage are also sinning.
Although Atheists do not feel that they answer to a higher authority, most atheists still feel compassion for their fellow American’s who are persecuted. Conservative Christians are scared of change and allowance of sin because in the Bible there was a city destroyed for the sin that took place there. One of those sins was the act of homosexuality. While it is okay for everyone to have their own religious beliefs and fears, it is not okay to force your beliefs onto someone who has no interest in them. America was founded by Christians seeking religious freedoms, and freedom of religion also means freedom from religion.
In Micah God plainly says, “For I hate divorce,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, and him who covers his garment with wrong,” says the Lord of hosts. “So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously” (Micah 2:16, New American Standard Bible). Even in the new testament we see that divorce is taken very seriously, “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery” (Luke 16:18). There are so many verses that echo this feeling of disapproval towards divorce, but there are exceptions set in place where a divorce may be permissible. David Instone-Brewer talks about three areas where he feels scripture allows a divorce to take place in his article, What God Has Joined, these three areas are; adultery, emotional and physical neglect, and abandonment or abuse.
Similarly, they both agree that there should be no sex before marriage. The Acts of Paul goes even deeper into this subject, regarding the bodies of virgins. As mentioned before, Chastity pleases God and allows ones body to be resurrected on judgment day, according to the Acts of Paul. On the other hand, the letter to Timothy mainly discusses the remarriage of widows and their need to focus on their religious duty and calling. In conclusion, it is evident that Paul is concerned about marriage, virginity, divorce, widows, and remarriage in 1 Corinthians 7, the Acts of Paul, and the letter to Timothy.
If God even calls us to love our enemies, the very people who are the most opposed to us, how does that leave any room for exceptions? I would urge all of God’s people to remember this. Let’s do things the way Jesus would have done them or not at all. Love is the healing balm that this world needs, but love also warns and rebukes. Unfortunately many people would call us judgmental for this, but even Jesus found it necessary to overturn tables and bring strong rebuke sometimes.
As Christians, Tom and Jane both knew that God made us in His own image (Gen. 1:27). What this means is that when we were made in the image of God, we reflect the unified relationship of the Trinity. Furthermore, we see in the Scriptures the spiritual significance of this reflection, in that marriage points beyond itself to the total unity of husband and wife; symbolizing ... ... middle of paper ... ...ndonment and wickedness continue. We cannot have a blanket category for divorce as though all situations are morally identical. As the conversation came to a close I asked them to remember that Christ finds delight in His bride the church.