What does the Bible say about remarriage after divorce?
Christians are divided on whether or not divorced persons can remarry. But what does the Bible say?
The Bible’s words are encouragements, exhortations, and commandments given to disciples, individuals who wish to follow Jesus and have an ear for what the Spirit says to the churches — words that bless those who comply, both now and in the future. What does the Bible have to say about marriage, divorce, and remarriage? The following verses are from the New Testament, and they represent Jesus’ own words to His followers, as well as the apostle Paul’s statements:
Jesus on divorce and remarriage:
“Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.”
“The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?’
And He answered and said to them, ‘Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning “made them male and female,” and said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh”? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.’
They said to Him, ‘Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?’
He said to them, ‘Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.’
His disciples said to Him, ‘If such is the case of the man with his wife, it is better not to marry.’
But He said to them, ‘All cannot accept this saying, but only those to whom it has been given …’”
“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced from her husband commits adultery.”
Paul on divorce and remarriage:
“Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man.”
1 Corinthians 7:10-11
“Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife.”
God’s Word makes it plain that marriage is between one man and one woman, and that the marriage contract is legally binding as long as both partners are alive. Even if the Bible allows for divorce in some circumstances, it also makes it clear that this does not remove either partner’s duty to loyalty, and they may not remarry while the other is still alive.
There is a lot of debate among Christians about what Jesus and Paul “really” meant when they said things about marriage, divorce, and remarriage after divorce: what the cultural and religious context was at the time, if it applied to the innocent party, if there were exceptions in cases of unfaithfulness, and so on. However, we believe that the Bible is God’s inspired Word and that it is the only source of our religion. Jesus’ remarks were addressed to His disciples — those who wish to follow Him, take up their cross, and lay down their lives. We find no hint in the Bible that God’s law can be modified to changing opinions and times, but we do find that living according to God’s laws does.
“… knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” 2 Peter 1:20-21.
“I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing …” 1 Timothy 6:13-14.
Can a divorced person remarry according to the Bible?
Whether a Christian who has divorced their mate on biblical grounds is free to remarry is a question of scripture. Their spiritual status has not changed in any way in the eyes of the Lord or the church. Jesus gives permission for someone to remarry when adultery has taken place.
What does Christianity say about divorce and remarriage?
A couple may be granted a civil divorce and be divorced in the eyes of the state, but their marriage will continue ‘in the eyes of God’. This means that neither of the partners can remarry in a Catholic church.
Does God forgive divorce?
Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” I take solice in the fact that judgment does not come until the end of our days, and I have Jesus Christ as my advocate to ask for mercy from YHWH so I do believe divorce can be forgiven by God because the Holy Bible tells me so.
How does God feel about divorce?
God’s purposes for marriage
Another reason God hates divorce is because it tears at the very heart of God’s redemptive plan for the world. It is interesting to note the conversation between Jesus and the Pharisees in Matthew 19:3-9.
What does the Bible say about remarriage to the same person?
God clearly allows for remarrying your previously divorced spouse (1 Corinthians 7:10-11) unless either spouse had subsequently remarried someone else (Deuteronomy 24:1-4).
Is divorce a sin in the Bible?
While many believe that means God hates divorce, and Christian divorce is indeed normally frowned upon, that isn’t the end of the story. Reasons for acceptable divorce in the Bible may include unfaithfulness (Matthew 19:9) and abuse (Exodus 21:10-11).
What does the Bible say about marriage problems?
Constant Conflict – (Ephesians 5:33)
“If your marriage is filled with conflict, don’t give up.” This scripture instructs a husband to love his wife as he loves himself and that his wife must respect him. If your marriage is filled with conflict, don’t give up.
Is it a sin to marry after divorce?
Absolutely! Divorce is no less forgivable than any other sin. Forgiveness of all sins is available through faith in Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:28; Ephesians 1:7).
What does the Bible say about putting away your wife?
The Lord then described a higher law of marriage: “Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.” (Matt. 19:9; italics added.)
What does Bible say about remarrying after spouse dies?
If a person’s spouse dies, the widow / widower is absolutely free to remarry. The apostle Paul allowed widows to remarry in 1 Corinthians 7:8-9 and encouraged younger widows to remarry in 1 Timothy 5:14. Remarriage after the death of a spouse is absolutely allowed by God.
Does God want me to divorce my husband?
Jesus teaches grounds for divorce. However, the basis of divorce needs to be biblical, not “God wants me happy.” And, if you are going to live by the cliché that “God wants me happy” then stick around for five years and you will be. But as we said, holiness not happiness must be the priority.