I was just wondering how the Assemblies of God, Baptists, etc, came to their current teaching on this.
Any input appreciated...
Jesus also said (Matthew chapter 5) that a man (or woman) may put away their mate for marital unfaithfulness and remarry.
Actually, it doesn’t say that. It says that for any reason other than that he makes her an adulterer. That is because in that case she has already made herself one.
BTW, my first wife, after 20 years, divorced me because she was just tired of being married. I remarried. The woman had been divorced. That was 15 years ago and I’m in marital bliss the likes of which I didn’t know was possible.
But where does that leave me, scripturally? Do you know how many “non divorced” 40 something women there are? And by marrying, we prevented “burning”.
The actual term from the Greek is porneia - which is not semantically equivalent to "marital unfaithfulness.
In our Catholic bible it is understood as “unlawfull” not unfaithful. Unfaithfull to Jews at the time would have been a marriage in the same family.
Marriage is a covenant with God. Divorce will never be good, no matter what the circumstances. Obviously people prefer to do whatever they feel like, as opposed to what God wants.
King Henry the 8th, separated from the Catholic church and formed the Anglican church so he could remarry. Maybe that is where the wording changed.
I believe he would just have to qualify on the verses below,
But when two people marrys it is supposed to be for life and that takes a lot of forgiveness even under the best of circumstances, and how many times does jesus tell us to forgive?
1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)