Thank you for your fine coverage of the marriage, divorce, and remarriage issue [CT Institute, Dec. 14]. I especially enjoyed your material on the lack of care for divorced people, because many Christians judge divorced Christians without knowing the facts. In most cases, their misinterpretation of God’s Word has added greatly to the already intense suffering of the divorced.
Some call divorce an evil thing that breaks up marriages. But it is the sin committed prior to the divorce that breaks the marriage bond. While a divorce may be obtained for unbiblical grounds, it is the grounds that are evil, not the divorce. That “divorce” is not an evil in itself is also proved by Jeremiah 3:8 where the Lord put Israel away and gave her “a bill of divorce” because she had backslidden and committed spiritual adultery. Like the Lord, we can “hate divorce” because of what went before without calling divorce evil.
George M. Bowman
Cambridge, Ont., Canada
I noted that some time was given to discuss whether divorce in some exceptional cases was adultery or not. However, little time was given to nonexceptional cases of divorce and remarriage with the original mate still living and to discuss such important related questions as: (1) Is remarriage in such cases adultery? (2) If it is, does the relationship continue to be adulterous? (3) If this is so, what are the present and final consequences for partners continuing in such a relationship?
There is such a thing as moral and scriptural truth, and it is under immense attack. Are there any sexual standards, moral principles, or biblical truths that are timeless and not subject to a discussion by the senior editors or a readers’ survey? ...1
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