Did Jesus Permit Divorce in Marriage?

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Some people argue that Christ permits divorce due to infidelity in marriage.

Christ said in Matthew 5:32, “But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.”

From the above verse, Christ said anyone that divorces except for fornication sins. 

Does that mean he permits divorce in marriage due to infidelity or other reasons? 

Moses in the Old Testament permitted the children of Israel to divorce if uncleanness is found in the wife (Deuteronomy 24:1). He did because of the hardness of their heart (Matthew 19:8).

In those times, virginity before marriage was of high regard (Deuteronomy 22:15). 

Uncleanness in the context refers to the woman married but later found by her husband that she isn't a virgin. That's why Joseph decided to put away Mary secretly when he found she was with a child (Matthew 1:18-19).

In that case, Moses permitted divorce, since the children of Israel were hard-hearted and unforgiving (Matthew 19:8).

The Pharisees asked Jesus if it was right to divorce, as Moses instructed (Mark 10:2). Jesus said whoever divorces his wife except for the reason of fornication before marriage sin (Matthew 5:32).

Jesus did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). He made the statement in support of Moses' instruction but said Moses only instructed because of the hardness of the children of Israel, as earlier stated. 

Jesus, in Matthew 5:32, didn't permit divorce due to infidelity in marriage. He wasn't referring to that. Infidelity should never come near the confines of marriage. It's an abomination!

But what if infidelity is found in marriage?

The Bible describes any person guilty as a whore that God will judge and judgment will be stiff!

Hebrews 13:4, “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”

It's the will of God for married couples to stay as one, but no one is bound to an abusive or immoral marriage relationship. It's good that the couple stays as one, but if it's beyond control or tolerance, separation (not divorce!) is allowed. But if they separate, they must stay unmarried in celibacy or seek reconciliation (1 Corinthians 7:10-11).

The couples are bound to each other while alive unless death where they are loose from each other and permitted to marry another (Romans 7:2-3).

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