The following articles are related to the topic of MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE

Some Questions about Divorce and Remarriage

The following questions deal with the general theme of marriage and divorce. Recently the view has been advanced that when two single people commit fornication, by that act they become married and must remain together for life. Would you respond to this? This idea is so absurd that one can only wonder how it ever saw the light of day. ... read more »

May I Divorce My Wife and Remain Unmarried?

"A Christian couple recently separated. The husband claims (to use his expression) that he has 'fallen out of love' with his wife. He says he has no interest in another companion, he simply wants to live the solitary life that he enjoyed before his marriage. Accordingly, he has decided to obtain a divorce. Since he has no intention of remarrying, ... read more »

What Does “Makes Her an Adulteress” Mean?

One of the most frequently debated teachings of Christ is that of his restrictions on divorce and remarriage. Many of those discussions revolve around the meaning of one particular phrase found in Matthew 5:32. What does the phrase "maketh her an adulteress' (in Matthew 5:32) mean? There are two possible views relative to "maketh her an adulteress," as found in ... read more »

What Is the Meaning of “Not under Bondage” (1 Cor. 7:15)?

Would you address 1 Corinthians 7:15? Does desertion by a non-believing mate grant the abandoned Christian the right of remarriage? In First Corinthians, chapter 7, the apostle Paul responds to a number of questions that had been submitted to him by various members of the church at Corinth (cf. 1 Cor. 7:1). Some of these queries had to do with ... read more »

Reinventing the Family

Rosemary Radford Ruether is a "theologian" who teaches at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Ms. Ruether is the author of a new book, titled, Christianity and the Making of the Modern Family. In this ambitious volume, Ruether challenges the "traditional" family structure and argues for the acceptance of diverse family forms (e.g., a variety of post-marriage relationships following divorce, "temporary" ... read more »

What Is the “Gift” of Celibacy in 1 Corinthians 7:7?

Occasionally, when one of some years and experience believes he has heard about every devious manipulation of scripture that is possible, he must pause and confess that he has not. There is always a new, bizarre twist to some text. Let me introduce you to one of the latest that engaged my attention, resulting in an uncommon degree of dismay. ... read more »

Does Ezra Deserve Criticism?

A Bible class recently was engaged in a discussion regarding Ezra's command that the men of Israel, in the post-Captivity period, put away their foreign wives (Ezra 10). The text reads: "And the priest stood up, and said unto them, 'You have trespassed, and have married foreign women, to increase the guilt of Israel. Now therefore make confession unto Jehovah, ... read more »

Does the Bible Conflict with Itself in the Matter of “Incest”?

Does the Bible Endorse Incest? Some superficial critics of the Bible charge that it contains a moral contradiction.It is alleged that whereas the practice of "incest" is condemned in the law of Moses, there appear to be cases in scripture where it is sanctioned.Abraham married his half-sister (Genesis 20:12), and both Isaac and Jacob married kinsmen (Genesis 22:20ff; 24:4; 24:43). ... read more »

What Is Adultery?

Several years ago it would hardly have been necessary to discuss the meaning of "adultery." Virtually every educated person knew that adultery is a sexual relationship that somehow or another breaches a marriage relationship. In recent years though, a new view of adultery has been espoused by a minority element within the church. It is the notion that adultery is ... read more »

Is Lust Fornication?

The word "fornication" derives from the Greek term porneia, one of a cognate group of five words that together occur fifty-five times in the New Testament. The noun form is found twenty-five times, predominately in the letters of Paul. The word is generic in scope in that it refers to a variety of physical sexual acts between persons who are ... read more »