31 “It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.
Matthew 5 (NIV)
It seems to be a twist from what Jesus actually said.
I know some people don’t recognize that verse from Matthew, saying ...except for unfaithfulness.....is license to remarry. And if you do remarry (the innocent spouse who has not committed adultery), those same ppl now tell you, you are now guilty of adultery. Of course they reason, since you can only have one wife.
Well that is just foolishness imho. If you were under the law, in the days before Christ, you would be widow/widower if your spouse cheated on you. Both Deuteronomy 22:22 and Leviticus 20:1 specify death as the punishment for adultery. Just because Jesus spared the life of the adulteress woman (and thus she is not executed and her husband freed from the marriage vow in that manner), is it not a big assumption to state that he would also forbid her husband from divorcing her and remarrying...especially in light of specific passages in the Old Testament allowing such a thing?
Even if that was not the case, and your wife was simply divorced, if she remarried (or if you are) you can not take her back. Deuteronomy 24:4 states that would be DETESTABLE to God. So to the folks who say ditch the new wife, reconcile with the old.....I say ignore them. You clearly shouldn’t do what is detestable to God.