The problem of divorce and subsequent remarriage is becoming a subject of serious discussion amongst our young people. This is understandable. Strained or even broken marriages are becoming more frequent, thereby bringing the problem into the passionate consideration of people who are directly involved in such a sad state of marriage. Anyone personally involved in the breakdown of a marriage, or closely related to someone who is, quite naturally discusses the question of divorce and remarriage in a serious manner. Is divorce, as the dissolution of marriage, unscriptural?
In our search for a Biblical understanding of divorce and remarriage we continued our investigation of the position taken in past generations.
In this article we will pay close attention to the argument put forth by those who believe that the Bible allows for divorce and remarriage. Our emphasis is upon their Biblical reasoning. We will not deal with many of the emotional arguments involved in divorce and the sad consequence it brings upon an individual who has to either live alone or raise the family alone. These are indeed difficult experiences and we will have something to say about this later. For now our interest is in what the Word of God teaches.
One of the beautiful Reformed principles for determining truth is sola Scriptura, only the Scriptures. This must be our guiding light as we now explore the Biblical principles concerning the duration of marriage, how to handle difficulties if they arise within marriage, and what to do if a marriage breaks down. Is divorce a Scriptural option for the believer? And if so, is remarriage proper in any circumstances? We may not be guided by our emotions, even though they inevitably run very high in dealing with such a sensitive subject.
In our study of the Biblical teaching of divorce and remarriage, we have considered what God intended with marriage from the very beginning. We now consider what we can learn from the Old Testament period. This knowledge is important to this subject for two reasons.
Our attention is now directed to the New Testament evidence on the subject of divorce and remarriage. Our purpose is to present a concise analysis of the pertinent texts and the conclusions we draw from them. CHRIST’S TEACHING IN MATT. 19
We now bring to a conclusion our discussion on the subject of marriage and divorce. In summary form we would remind each other of the duties we have within the marriage relationship in order that we may serve God properly.