𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐔𝐧𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐋𝐚𝐰 𝐎𝐟 𝐃𝐢𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐜𝐞 𝐈𝐧 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐓𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭
Mohamad Mostafa Nassar
Paul makes it clear that a woman cannot divorce her husband as long as he is alive…
For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. So then, if she marries another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress.
1 Corinthians 7:39
A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord
Imagine, the cruelty. A woman cannot divorce her husband! If she does and then remarries someone else then she is committing adultery!
Let’s see what the Jesus of the Bible said…
But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.
I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”
“Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this. He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.”
The aforementioned Scriptures about divorce and remarriage were given by the Lord Jesus. Clearly, He stated marital unfaithfulness (sexual immorality) is the only cause for a divorce! Hence, if one divorces his spouse for any other reason besides sexual immorality, regardless what that reason is, he is indicted by these verses! If such a person would then “marry” another, not only would he be committing adultery, but the person he “marries” would likewise be committing adultery!
All people, who have never been married, need to know these facts before they consider marrying someone who might not be eligible for marriage again, namely a divorced person. When we consider passages like 1 Cor. 6:9,10 and Rev. 21:8, we can only conclude that an adulterous marriage, as referred to in Matt. 5:32 and 19:9, will result in both parties being thrown into the lake of fire, that is, unless that ceases and they find forgiveness for their adultery.
What honor is this to the woman? Lets say a husband divorces his wife for no good reason. That means she automatically becomes an adulterous. That also means that she cannot marry again as long as her first husband is alive. This is because she would be committing an act of adultery then.
What if her husband became sterile and couldn’t meet her sexual needs? What if her husband was in a coma? Or if her husband went to prison? She needs a man to take care of her but she is not allowed to marry again until the first husband dies. Also the man who marries this woman would also be committing adultery.
This also shows that if a woman happens to be beaten up by her husband she has no right to divorce him. Or if she marries him and then ends up realizing that he is not what she excepted him to be and she is not happy with him, she is forced to stay married to him! If they happen to separate she is not allowed to marry anyone else. (1 Corinthians 7:11)
Also a husband cannot divorce his wife except if she cheats on him. What if he marries her and she turns out to be a really horrible disobedient wife? He still has to stay married to her until she cheats on him!
Allah Knows Best.