Divorce and the Bible Essays

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The law defines divorce as ¡§a legal dissolution of the marriage contract by a court or other body having competent authority. This is properly a divorce, and called, technically, divorce a vinculo matrimonii. ``from the bond of matrimony.'' (b) The separation of a married woman from the bed and board of her husband -- divorce a mensa et toro (or thoro), ``from bed board.''¡¨ Does this definition follow that of the Bible?
Mark 10:1-12¡X ¡¥Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them. Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, ¡§Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?¡¨
¡§What did Moses command you?¡¨ He replied.
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I believe that Jesus brought up the examples of adultery to better illustrate his point.
If a couple decides to become divorced, they only decide to live apart. They are still married. Before God, they are not allowed to remarry. Marrying, or engaging in sexual acts with, another while married is considered adultery. Thus, doing these acts while living in separate homes is still adultery.
Matthew 5:31-32: ¡¥ ¡§It has been said, ¡¥Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.¡¦ But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become and adulteress, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.¡¨¡¦
     What exactly was Jesus saying here? It seems to be quite similar to the recollection of Mark, but with an added twist. The married couple is still bound before God. Thus, the adultery aspect still stands after the marriage. However, Jesus explains that divorce is only permissible in the case of adultery. Does this act of divorce label her as an adulterer? Or, is he saying that a divorce is only considered a divorce before God after adultery?
     A loop-hole is seemingly formed in this statement. A divorce is only considered a divorce of spirit after an adultery¡Xmeaning it is the ultimate sin in a marriage. If one decides to become divorced for other reasons, then it is not an

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