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Jesus prohibited divorce except for Adultery, that included lying about ones virginity. The non adulterer could remarry. The adulterer was not free to marry, 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'.
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.
1Timothy 3:1-15, Titus 1:6-9, 1Peter 5:2-3.
---Glenn on 5/27/09

---obewan on 4/24/09

Why can you not abstain from the lust of your soul, repent and ask for forgiveness fast/pray if you must, you are either an overcomer or a failure, remember the race is not for the swift but for those that endure for if you suffer a while in this life for Christ name sake you will also reign with him and partake of the reward in the next.

God is faithful and we must strive to also be faithful, if this was all to this life men would be most miserable, ask and it shall be given seek and ye shall find. to Sin sexually was never the option.
---Carla3939 on 5/26/09

My conviction tells me not until the ex spouse dies. However, whenever I meet a beautiful divorcee, my decietful heart tells me something else.

I avoid the divorcees in the singles group simply because I do not want to "sit in judgement" regarding HOW their marriage ended and "whether" they can BIBLICALLY be remarried.

So, as a never married bachelor in his 40's, I wait for a nice widow.

One single woman friend I respect greatly waited 20 years until her ex died. She then promptly remarried. All I can say is she was true to her convictions.

And on adultery, my dark heart sometimes tells me if I am going to lust and be guilty, I might as well partake of REAL adultery if the same sin applies!
---obewan on 4/24/09

Many churches remarry people. God does not mean for people to sin instead of marry.
---Betty on 4/24/09

Actually Jay,

I happen to disagree with your analogy of not wanting to commit Adultery down to everyone committing it their heart so what theory just focus on Jesus and everything ill be okay.

That's not bible: Fornication and Adultery cross different path of different peoples life and the understanding of theses sin are not easy but the sins are deadly.

What you should really be saying is Read/study the word of God on the subject and steer clear from the paths of sexual sin!
---Carla3939 on 4/24/09

Mische:- Dear angry lady,you strike out at the wrong Party.Many have said the same thing I did,Your interpretation of what you call truth is to satisfy the problem created by circumstances in your life.READ what Jesus said when he refers back to Genesis Matt19:4-6.Dont blame The RCC for the lack of comprehension.The vow of Marriage is like God when all the Godly atributes come together as MAN and WIFE.Understand this"you cannot separate God, also you cannot separate what is joined in Marriage as GOD." Hence one must choose wisely with much deliberation, study your partner , refrain unevenly yokeing, examine impediments .Don't look at figure and form this changes.LAST STAY THE COURSE. If after all, then separate but NO REMARRIAGE.
---MIC on 4/24/09

As a Christian, we strive to be more Christ-like. On this issue everyone seems to be worried about being an adulterer if they are divorced an re-marry. The fact is, and it is scriptural, that we are all adulterers at heart. Jesus said if you look at another with lust, you have committed adultery in your heart. What Christians need to be concerned with is thier relationship with Jesus Christ and everything else will fall into place as the Lord wills.
---Jay on 4/24/09

Yes, you are very correct. If we were living like Jesus we would never forsake our spouse when they are in sin. We would pray for their repentance and our restoration since Jesus made us ONE FLESH for life. Instead we are walking in offense (which is a natural fleshly response, BTW) and forsaking God's way of handling our lives. Unfortunately for our witness and for our children, we are instead choosing to forsake the vows we made. We end up joining usually with someone else's spouse/children, taking them as our own---committing adultery ourselves per the word of the Lord. Now, we are no different than the ones who committed adultery against us. In God's eyes, we are just as guilty now. :(
---Cindy on 4/20/09

If we thought like christ we would never divorce and forsake our spouse.
---DJ on 3/19/09

Refer to Matthew 19:3-9 Notice the first question Jesus was asked: Is it alright to divorce for every reason? Jesus responds that it's not alright to divorce...when asked again, why Moses allowed divorce, Jesus states it was hardness of men's hearts...only biblical reason to divorce is fornication...never to remarry unless death of spouse
---Bro_Smith on 3/6/09

If you commit sin before/after your saved sin is still sin?

Then how can you commit adultery being saved/unsaved and it not still be be Adultery.

To understand marriage you first need to study the Word of God. Then you can rightly divide the word of truth unashamed.
---Carla3939 on 2/18/09

If you were an unbeliever when you got divorced, then yes you can remarry.

If you were a believer and your ex-spouse wasn't and he/she divorced you, then yes you can remarry.

If you and your ex-spouse were both saved and he/she was unfaithful to you, and it lead to divorce, then yes you can remarry.

If you were both believers and you were the unfaithful one, and it lead to divorce, then no you can not remarry.
---Bryan on 2/7/09

If you are born again your eyes are *open* or should be open to the law of marriage. Marriage is not a sin according to 1 Corinth 7.

Fornication and Adultery is. So how can a christian remarry and not commit sin?

How will a man commit murder after he is saved and not be a murderer.

How will a person get saved and go steal again and it not be sin?

Remarriage is the ONLY exception?
---Carla5754 on 2/5/09

Mic~ I do tend to agree with you a lot on this issue. Marriage is not to be taken lightly, and involves a massive amount of committment. A generation ago, divorce was more-less unheard of, but now-a-days people want to get a divorce over nothing much. It is not a Catholic teaching to work at staying married, but a Biblical teaching. Society has been so detrimental to people's views on marriage, and rarely do people see it as a sacred bond. No wonder God's wrath is quickly approaching. I also loved your words about how women are designed to be 'beside' their husbands, not in front, or behind. Those were wise and beautiful words!
---Anne on 11/26/08

So now you are trying to interpret what Jesus says?
and then fire at someone who is speaking truth.
Mic, the RCC is by no means the MIND of CHRIST.
ginger just stated the TRUTH. None of us has the right to place authority on the meaning of what Christ said according to marriage.
Jesus was addressing the Pharisees on the issue to try and trap him. Don't you get that?
or are you so spiritually blind by the false teachings of the RCC not to see that?
---miche3754 on 11/26/08

Ginger:-You are a sensitive caring woman.But marriage is a sacrament final and binding.A period of Courtship,and getting to know each other is like setting the 'foundation' of your Marriage.One must delve to find the gold that is either there or not there. If it does not produce the desired melody Then DONT Play the Organ.The saying"Marry in haste and repent at leisure is very appropriate"The finality is "Till death do us part"what you can do is to SEPARATE but Remarriage is out of the question You are only allowed 2 in one Flesh-ONE TIME.Otherwise it is the ugly word adult-ery.God says "it was not so from the beginning. Matt19"8-9.
---Mic on 11/26/08

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so many say that they just know what Christ meant when he stated that verse to the Pharisee.

It makes me wonder, that we as Christians should try loving more instead of passing judgment.
We don't know the Heart as Christ does, and we don't know for sure truly what Christ meant.
I say this because, there are so many people who have divorced because of spousal abuse, adultry, abandonement, alcoholism, drugs, and many other life threatening reason.
Do we really believe Christ meant for those who suffered to remain like this and if divorced not marry again? We really need to pray about this. And seek God's face.
---ginger on 11/25/08

Wal Rev is correct. Also let us remembered what Jesus had to say about adultery in Matthew 5:27-28

" 27-Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:"

"28-But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart."

Now who wants to declare themselves absolutely free of the definition of adultery as spoken of by the Lord Jesus Christ??
---mima on 11/25/08

Luke 15:18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.

Very clear scripture .. no ambiguity what so ever.
---Wal_Rev on 11/23/08

Rev Wal:-Spoken like a stalwart.You have the qualifications of conviction.Blessings.
---Mic on 11/22/08

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It depends on the church doesn't it?

If people really want to get married, they can easily find a church that will do it even if other churches refuse.

Even the Catholic church can be bribed. They say they won't marry divorced people, but I have a friend who was divorced and the Catholic church "annuled" her marriage for a fee of $1000. She then got married.
---obewan on 11/21/08

Luke 15:18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.
---Mr._Graham on 9/17/07
Mr. Graham not budging, on scripture. Way to go.

GOD set pattern with his divorce. He also set the pattern with his marriage.
GOD being divorced should be a front page headliner,.

And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce, yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
Jeremiah 3:7-9
---Trav on 11/20/08

The term christian and remarriage is in most cases adultery, idolatry and hypocrasy. With the exception of a spouses death, or a man who's wife has cheated on him, divorce and remarriage is a complete violation of the teachings of christ. And, a woman who separates from her husband for any reason.. must remain unmarried and pure, that is if she claims christ as lord and savior.

If we live in christ.. we do not partake in such an event, despite the worldly loss. Many will honor our lord with their lips but their hearts are far away. We know gods word on this.. it is not up for debate. I encourage anyone who is looking for answers to study scripture.
---Wal_Rev on 11/15/08

RevGowan:-Does 2 Ery's make a 'ight as an adult.Ery is a wilful action.Is this suppposed to be a game of I get you because you got me?Matt19::9 says different Separation YES but not another this would then make it Adultery, no matter who the perpetrator.It is not an opinion but Gods word."marries again."
---Mic on 11/13/08

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Many people misread the scriptures when it comes to this subject of marriage and divorce. In Mathew 5:32 Jesus said that divorce is permitted because of ery. Please understand according to this scripture when you divorce your spouse you cause her to commit ery. But if the spouse committed ery herself she caused her own ery. That is why it is permitted. Your spouse chose to enter in ery. Thus breaking your vows. You are allowed to remarry if you are the party (the one divorcing the guilty party). With all that said we must always try to reconcile.
---Rev_Gowans on 11/11/08

wow! A woman does not obey her husband. She may be submissive but obeying a husband does not mean she is obeying the Lord.
---jeff on 2/15/08

where is divorce permitted in scripture, Kenneth? Are you speaking of the OT because in the NT, Jesus answers the Pharisees by telling them that Moses permitted them to divorce their wifes because of the hardness of their hearts but that anyone who divorces his wife or husband forces them to committ adultery. What scripture are you referring to? Another example of how individual interpretation leads to wrong conclusions.
---janet on 2/13/08

Divorce is permitted in noted by others for two reasons...adultery or the unbeliever doesn't want to stay married. What has been misrepresented is that all Christians must remarry another Christian. This applies only to the she should be obeying the husband. I would pick a Christian woman FIRST, but, as long as the future wife agrees to obey..she will also be serving the Lord, by obeying a husband that obeys the Lord. .
---Kenneth on 2/13/08

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Genuine repentance is the key. God forgives all sin but commands that the sin not be repeated.However,the consequences of the divorce will not be removed affected,rebellious children.
---Cheryl on 9/18/07

From my understanding of Scripture, one can divorce but cannot remarry -- except for adultery. If the marriage did not work out, just separate and remain single. We can not keep marrying until one finally "sticks".
---Mr._Graham on 9/17/07


Here's one:

Luke 15:18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.
---Mr._Graham on 9/17/07

I'd say no, and I also think that someone never married shouldn't marry a divorcee. It makes me sick to see pure, virginal women marry divorced men - it looks like compromise and it slaps the face of men who've waited.
---Tom on 9/13/07

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I was forced to marry a 13 yr old in Mexico by way of lies and bribery. It was illegal to marry that young in America/Mexico at that time. She went on to mutilate our son by way of Pediatric Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy and had multiple affairs. When I had all I could take, I prayed to God to remove the evil from my home and away from my child. That very night she asked to leave. Put together by man and put assunder by God. Can I remarry? My son is now in the United States Army.
---Brett on 7/19/07

Christians are no different than non-Christians and, in many respects, weaker of character and belief since, so often, Christianity is the chosen salve when all else has failed.
---Jim on 7/14/07

That being said, it's not to be unexpected that many Christians would find reasons to leave their spouses since it is no different then when they left life in general to become Christians.

Let them divorce, remarry, avoid the hard choices and commitments which those in the world have to face. If they need an excuse, let them pick one. There's a million. And for the Christian with a dogeared Bible, a million more.
---Jim on 7/14/07

Technically, we should not be divorcing either, but there are cases where it might be necessary. It would be better if people took more care when choosing their spouses before getting married.
---lorra8574 on 5/12/07

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Kay, Matthew 5:32 and 19:9
19:9 "And I say unto you, 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."

Note also that Mark 10:11 excludes the Fornication clause.

Galations 5:19 "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,..."

Fornications is not the same thing as adultery.
---lorra8574 on 5/12/07

1 Cor 5:1 "It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife."

This is fornication not simple adultery. This is a violation of Leviticus 18:8

"The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it [is] thy father's nakedness."

This is a form of incest in the eyes of the Jews and early Christians.
---lorra8574 on 5/12/07

"Jared, divorce is not a sin. But if one remarries someone else after divorce, that is a adultery, which is a sin."

lorra8574, I agree with you that divorce isn't a sin, but neither is remarrying someone after divorce. Remarriage isn't adultery.

---Kay on 5/11/07

"Sure a man or a woman can get divorce and be re-married. But if they do, they are adulterers, period."-shelly12

Thank God the Bible doesn't say that!

"I have not found a scripture where it says that you can remarry after divorce, unless ex spouse dies."

Have you found a passage that says you absolutely cannot remarry after divorce?

---Kay on 5/11/07

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Yes..divorcees can remarry. Only one reason to divorce and that is: if one catches a spouse in adultery.According to the Word of God. You can remarry, the bible says, but only to someone who is a believer. We are not to marry an unbeliever if we are a believer. People are divorcing for any reason, including our pastors and leaders in the church but that does not make it right. We should please God in all that we do and not follow the traditions of man.
---Robyn on 5/11/07

Also women and men of God. we do not have to stay in abusive relationships, either. We are allowed to separate but we are not to remarry in a case like that. We have to stay separated or try to work things out with the spouse we married. Or if the spouse(male or female) dies, the marriage dissolves itself, releasing us to marry, again, a believer---only! We need to be equally yoked.
---Robyn on 5/11/07

Jared, divorce is not a sin. But if one remarries someone else after divorce, that is a adultery, which is a sin.
---lorra8574 on 5/11/07

Why should divorced Christians be exempt from marrying in church. God is a forgiving, mercifull, loving God.
There are many reasons for divorce in this world. Some of us did not choose to be divorced this plight was thrust on us with no choice. God knows people's hearts and this is what counts not WHERE you marry
---M. on 5/11/07

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what about sexual immorality I think jesus was pretty clear that that was a good reason for divorce as well. and in that case the spouse that didn't cheat is free from the covenent and can remarry. and the on that sinned can repent and remarry. I think we are much too legalistic in divorce, and far too lax on marriage.
---Jared on 12/5/06

since when has divorce become the unforgivable sin? I thought that was grieving the sprit.
---Jared on 12/5/06

lee -- as you may or may not know, the book of Matthew was written to the Jews. i believe the verse you and so many like to quote, and i understand why, is speaking of the jewish betrothal system. if they were engaged, they were considered married. but, if wife found to not be a virgin as advertised, he could end marriage. nowhere else is the 'exception clause' found in the Bible but to the jews
---r.w. on 12/4/06

shelly12 - *I havenot found a scripture where it says that youcan remarry after divorce, unless exspouse dies*

Do you suppose that the Lord left these kinds of decisions up to the church to handle as certainly He has given it some authority to make judgments?

1 Corinthians 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

We should not paint an "A" for adultery on someones forehead if he or she had re-married.
---lee1538 on 12/3/06

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Sure a man or a woman can get divorce and be re-married. But if they do, they are adulterers, period. I have not found a scripture where it says that you can remarry after divorce, unless ex spouse dies. Eeven in cases were divorce is justified in a valid marriage, re marriage is never mentioned. This goes for those who know the law, not for the unsaved. We as Christians must seperate ourselves from those that are not Christians. If we didn't, we would be no different than the rest of the world.
---shelly12 on 12/2/06

r.w. *elsie on 5 13 05 is the only one that is close to biblical truth on divorce*

Wrong again, we read in Mt 19.9 'I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery'.

The verse does not state that one who re-marries after divorcing his wife for unfaithfulness commits adultery.

Also in 1 Cor. 7:15, there is nothing that states that the believer cannot re-marry if the unbeliever departs.
---lee1538 on 11/22/06

elsie on 5 13 05 is the only one that is close to biblical truth on divorce. you must wait for the spouse to die before you may remarry. when Jesus was asked about the bill of divorce that Moses allowed, Jesus said, 'from the BEGINNING it was not so .' . peop are using their own reasoning by saying adultery is ok to divorce for. 'from the beginning it was not so' you cant remarry. you may not have married mr right, but when you said 'i do' he became mr. right in God's eyes. (a covenant)
---r.w. on 11/21/06

I believe the church should have the authority in these matters as each case is different and scripture does not explicitly forbids re-marriage after a valid divorce.

If your particular church does not respect your right to divorce or re-marriage, advise that you simply walk away from them and join another community of believers.
---lee on 5/20/06

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Add 1 ... explain how he divorced me w/out my knowing. Filed desertion, ran 3 legal notices in the paper giving me 30 days to contact his lawyer. I don't read legal notices, so when court date came up, I had no knowledge of it so I wasn't there. It all boiled down to me not having the money to fight. I had no way of getting any help. Believe me, I tried.
---Nellah on 5/20/06

My now exhusband disappeared one night with our son. When I woke up, I broke. I thought I would never see my 8-year-old son again. A year later I went to pick up my son and my now ex handed me divorce papers. I was shocked. How could he do that without my knowledge. He did and got full custody of my son. I got restricted/supervised visits with him. To make a long and interesting story a bit shorter, my son is now 17, and after years of prayer my ex and I are friends and my son is with me.
---Nellah on 5/20/06

Are there any women like me out there who have recovered or recovering from the pain, agony and stigma of divorce and wouldn't mind sharing their story in a book I'm writing?

Divorce is the big elephant is some of our churches - most churches are not sure if God can use a divorcee...

God specializes in healing the wounded and using the broken. So please don't hesitate in sharing your story with the world.
---akin on 5/19/06

1Co 7:27Art thou bound unto a wife? seek
not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife. 1Co 7:28 But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned 1Corinthians 7:13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.1Co 7:15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart.
---Exzucuh on 4/27/06

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i think know, because the bible said if u divorce u should not remarry rather u shld go back to ur wife or husband. what i reaaly want to know is whether a man can marry two wives
---ibie on 4/27/06

All it depends if you want to be put back under the law after Christ has freed you from the law. Don't mistakingly follow Israel's instruction manual, when we have our own instructions in the Pauline Epistles, The apostle to the gentiles. Check out 1 Corinthians 7:1-15
---geraa7578 on 6/30/05

It is all dependent on the polity of the clergy performing the service.
---phia4633 on 6/30/05

my wife left me 3.5 yrs ago took the 4kids with her who then is unfaithfull? not me as she was the who broke the wedding vowes so she is the unfaithfull one . then i am free to remarry again and in church as i had honoured god in our marriage commitment. she cannot
---robin7573 on 6/29/05

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"..saving for the cause of fornication..", Matt.19:1-12, I Cor.7:1 >... [Deut.24:(1>)5.]. Break one commandment, you've broken them all! Divorce and remarriage was never the question, it was for 'any cause'. Some peopel evidently only understand God's Grace in their terms, not God's!
---Elishama on 6/9/05

I agree with M the very first answer. not every person is so blessed as to have perfection. I had a sunday school teacher who was the "Godlyest" person I knew. the so called "christians" didn't what her teaching the kids because she got a divoce after her husband left her {I don't know the whole story} I thank God that this woman was allowed to marry a christian man who brought her to your church where she taught me about God. not all are bad. God loves people and sees the heart.
---Laureen on 5/29/05

full meaning of the word Fornication Corinth 5,leviticus 18. Re-marriage Corinthian 5,Matt 5, Matt 19. Corinth 7, Romans 7, Mark, luke, Proverbs. Jesus himself defined the commandment where divorce/d No other False Doctine can over throw his truths. Nor are there any discrepancies God is a God that cannot lie. But beware of different translations. You can access most recent English versions via search engine,Love
---Carla on 5/25/05

Joy, by "depart", does it have to be a physical departure? What about psychological departure? Some spouses are "Not there" at all.
---Albert on 5/15/05

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Yes they can if it is reconciliation.
---gregg4933 on 5/14/05

Not let me get you unconfused, (Smile) When the Bible says, "what God has joined together let not man put asunder," He is speaking of two dedicated Christians that get married in the Lord. If one of the two claimed to be a Christian and after ward you found he lied, he broke his marriage vows already, God did not join an nonchristian and a christian together. He doesn't do that.
When a man/woman breaks her vows that she /he made they have become unfaithful.
---Rachael on 5/14/05

yes it is true the Bible says "what God hath joined together let not man put asunder."
Now think about that, do you think God joins everyone that marries? Absolutely not!! God only joins those who are serving him. If it is sin for a man to remarry if he is divorced, the woman that married him is she sinning if she divorces him? Where do we draw the line? If she is sinning if she divorces him then he did not sin to marry her. But if it was sin to marry her then it was not sin to divorce.
---Rachael on 5/14/05

Also read Deut 24:1-4.
Memorize these verses and keep them in your heart. I was convinced that I was going to be committing adultery against my exhusand if I remarried until I learned these verses.
---Joy on 5/14/05

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Other than adultery, this is the only other reason for divorce:
I Corin 7:15
"If the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace."
If you are now a Christian and weren't at the time of your divorce:
2 Corin 5:17
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"
---Joy on 5/14/05

Only adultery? How about a woman who is beaten up by hubby? How about two miserable people who can't get along together?

My divorce was not because of adultery but because of major disagreements with my ex and I left her after many years of attempts to rectify the problems.
---Albert on 5/14/05

It is quite simple:
If you are married and your partner committs adultery, you are free to divorce and later to be married in the church again.
Remember: Adultery=only bib. ground for divorce.
---Pierr7958 on 5/14/05

Darlene: I divorced for reasons other than adultery; I may NOT remarry until my ex dies. Remarrying until then is sin. I don't care what the churches "allow"; it is a matter of what God commands in His Word. After that, if the man were free to marry, I might consider being remarried in a church. God's principles are to make us happy not sad. I have to face the Lord not man!
---Elsie on 5/13/05

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Yes they can.
---Eloy on 5/13/05

I was told to look at it this way:
If the person was un-saved or carnal when they divorced, then became a Christian later, feel absolutely free to remarry.

If the person was a strongly committed Christain and then divorced, Watch Out!
---Tom145 on 5/13/05

Curt, I have been married twice, each time in a curch. I have been divorced twice, by each husband. Both husbands are remarried, I am not, last divorce was in '89. I found salvation in '85, second husband couldn't deal with it, he felt I didn't love him anymore. I didn't plan for my life to go this way, but--it did. What is your expertise on my life?
---Judith on 5/13/05

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