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Exceptions For Divorce

I beleive Math. 19:9 when it says one of he exceptions to divorce is fornification. There are others who say this means something different and death is the only exception. Please explain.

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Jesus prohibited divorce except for adultery, that included lying about ones virginity. The non adulterer could remarry. The adulterer, and anyone marrying one, is entering a prohibited marriage. A divorce without cause, was no divorce, and so, another marriage was a type of bigamy. The exception is in 1Corinthians 7:15. If the unbeliever departs, the Christian can remarry because the marriage was not 'in the Lord'. Matthew 19:9, 1Corinthians 7:27-28 allow remarriage.
Deuteronomy 22:17-19, 28-29, 24:1-4, Proverbs 2:17 (forsaketh husband), Isaiah 54:4-8, Jeremiah 3:1, Malachi 2:14-16, Matthew 5:31-32, 19:3-12, Mark 10:2-12, Luke 16:18, 1Corinthians 6:15-16, 7:10-17, 27.
---Glenn on 8/16/09


Dianne, the word used for "fornication" in Matthew 19:9 is also used for "sexual immorality" where Paul speaks of how the Corinthian man had "his father's wife" (1 Corinthians 5:1) > so, I'd say it is a word which can mean adultery.

But, we have the situation in which a woman commits fornication and then lies that she is a virgin, in order to fool a guy into marrying her. In this case, "fornication" would be grounds, but only because she married under false pretenses, I understand > Deuteronomy 22:13-21. So, could Jesus mean
*this* fornication and prefer forgiveness for adultery?
---Bill_bila5659 on 6/20/08


Having heard pastors preach on this I can explain the messages they give and I believe. Yes, adultery is the first exception, but abandonment is another and, although this isn't specifically addressed and opinions vary on it, I believe abuse is a valid exception as well. Abuse violates a basic teaching of God; "do unto others..." I don't believe
(after praying for divine guidance to the truth) that God would expect one of His children to remain in an abusive situation.
---Heather on 6/20/08


Although separation is permissible 1Corinthians 7:15. The only clause that comes near giving an [indication] that you will not commit Adultery if you marry again is through sexual immorality Matt 19:9. ONLY because that is the words given as [EXCEPT] Fornication. Matt 5:32 Saving for the cause of fornication(confirmed )1Corith 7:15 if the unbelieving partner wishes to depart they are not bound to a marriage through unbelief. The wife is bound by the marriage until death 1Corinth 7:39
---Carla5754 on 5/23/07


T; If a married woman goes out and flirts with another man, regardless if this man is married or not. This woman cheated on her husband. Because she lusts after this other man. Same goes with a man. If a married man or woman flirts with someone other than their spouse, they are flirting with Satan. It is wrong, and yes it is considered adultery.
---Rebecca_D on 5/22/07




T, yes that is adultery.
---lorra8574 on 5/22/07


I often speak strongly on this matter, because I do not wish to misrepresent the Bible. But I would also add that I do not know that all who have divorced and remarried are damned. God hates divorce but many today do not marry with a proper intent and understanding of the covenantal nature of marriage.

There are many reasons that someone might enter into a marriage that is not a valid covenant.
---lorra8574 on 5/22/07


Yep, T, it sure is. But you know that.
Knock it off, or you may meet up with a Mrs. Bobbit.
---Cowboy on 5/22/07


The scripture I believe you are referring to goes like this>>If a woman leaves her husband she is to either go back to him or stay single. It says nothing about divorce. Only some great sexual sin, God will grant a divorce.
---catherine on 5/22/07


Sexual sins are deadly sins. Death ofcourse frees you to remarry. Fornication, come on, we all know what that means. We are not stupid.
---catherine on 5/22/07




Is seeing someone in secret, outside of the marriage considered adultery, or at least sexually immoral. Acts such as kissing, making out, excessive phone calls and emails are involved. It is unknown wheter intercourse is involved.
---T on 5/22/07


Death is not the only exception. The bible states different exceptions to divorce.One being adultery as stated in Math. 19:9.That very cleary states that if one commits "sexual immorality", then divorce is permissable.God hates divorces but he doesn't want his children in bondage either.Another being if your partner is unsaved and wants to leave,you are no longer accountable and in that case divorce is permissable.Alot of people take the bible out of context and form their own beliefs.
---andra5789 on 5/17/07


laure5469 id rather see death by stoning or anyother means for adultary if it meant that an innocent person would not be comdemned by remarrying by the legalistic man made laws of the church.
---susanna on 11/10/05


---laure5469 id rather see death by stoning or anyother means for adultary if it meant that an innocent person would not be comdemned by remarrying by the legalistic man made laws of the church.
---susanna on 11/8/05


Heather: I am with you 100% on the abuse = adultery. I am not so sure on the "abandonment" part. Is that where one party just walks out for good? I don't know about divorce in that case!
Andrea: I like your answer also because it is Bible based.
I know that very few churches (boards)deal with the divorces amongt heir members and it is not unusual to see the new couple sit right across from the abandoned spouse, and everybody acts like it is nobody's business!
---Pierr7958 on 6/16/05


One has to be married and have a 'partner' (married or not) to committ adultery, while no one is needed to fornicate, under law or under grace! Hence all adultery is fornication, while not all fornication is adultery! Scriptural divorce is death in the eyes of God in both The Laws, and new testament/covenants, Deut.24:1>5; Matt.5:17. The one big difference? Jesus/YeSHua/Messias, Grace & Mercy. The woman caught in the act of adultery, the woman at the well, I Cor.7:1>
---Elishama on 6/11/05


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Rom7:2Marry till death. but 1 Tim.5:8 says abandoning is dening the faith so unbieliever. 1 cor6:14 unequally yoked. 5:17 new creature 7:27-28 If you marry again God spares you. Some thing that people over look is that if a spouse were to comit a sin at that time they were stoned in public. and spouse became a widow /widower, and remarriage was not looked down on for them. I doubt that any one wants that brought back.
---laure5469 on 6/10/05


Andra, you're right on target about some people taking the Bible out of context and forming their own opinions.
---Heather on 6/10/05


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