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(12) ... "Divorce" and "Remarriage" is not a Sin!

JESUS said that if a man "puts away" his wife and marries another, except for the cause of fornication, he is guilty of committing "adultery."

The Church today uses this statement by JESUS to condemn people who have previously divorced and remarried, by telling them that they are now living in sin.

The Hebrew word "shalach" translates the term "putting away," to separate, a separation. It does not mean "divorce."

The New Testament Greek word "apoluo" translates the term "putting away," to separate, a separation. It does not mean "divorce."

In fact, God Himself confirms the fact that the Biblical term "putting away" does not mean "divorce." In Isaiah 51:1, God asks His people Judah, "where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have "put away?" God had "put away" (to separate - a separation) His people Judah for a period of time, but HE did not "divorce" them. The reason why that the term "put away" and "divorce" are both used in the same verse, is because they have different meanings.

In the Book of Malachi, God does not say that He hates "divorce," but that He hates "putting away."

In the Old Testament, there was a practice of husbands "putting away" their wives, (separating from their wives permanently) and then never taking the necessary steps required to obtain a legal "Bill of Divorce." For many reasons, this would leave the "put away" wife in a very unfair and difficult situation.

The main reason why Moses enacted the "Bill of Divorce" was for the purpose of protecting the "put away" wife from the injustice of all the hardships that she would have to endure as a result of her not having a legal "Bill of Divorce."

Please take special notice that JESUS does not say in Matthew 19:9 that a man who marries a "divorced" woman is guilty of committing adultery. Rather, JESUS clearly states that a man who marries a woman who has been "put away" (which means "separated" not "divorced") by her husband is guilty of committing adultery, because the man would be marrying a woman who was previously "put away" by her husband who did not take the necessary steps to obtain a legal "Bill of Divorce." Therefore, the man would be marrying a woman who was still legally married to someone else, which JESUS defines as the act of committing adultery.

Did you know that the Laws of Moses consists of an astounding 613 Laws. Did you know that out of the 613 Laws of Moses, that there is no Law that says "thou shalt not divorce." Did you know that the only Laws against "divorce" and "remarriage" were: (1) the Priests in the Levitical Priesthood were not to "marry" a "divorced" woman. They could only "marry" a virgin. (2) if a person was twice "divorced," they were not to"remarry" their previous 1st spouse.

Other than those 2 Laws, a "divorced" person was free to "remarry."

Today, there is a great deal of wonderful research material at our disposal. And yet, because today's Church has not taken the necessary effort to research out the matter of divorce and remarriage, there are undoubtedly a large number of Christians who have unnecessarily been living under condemnation and guilt because they went through a divorce and then remarried. Also, there are those who have divorced and decided not to remarry, because they do not want to be accused of "adultery." What a tragedy.

JESUS came to set us free. Not having a good understanding of the true meaning of certain Biblical doctrines that have a great impact upon our lives, puts us in bondage.

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