This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 33, number 1 (2010).For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: Many people, especially Christians, have serious questions about divorce and remarriage.Paul clearly sets forth this underlying assumption and then develops an inspired hermeneutic for dealing with troubled marriages and the questions surrounding divorce for Christians. The basic parameters of life, set forth in the creation in Genesis, chapters 1 and 2, have been damaged by the human fall into sin.
Of all God’s ordinances and institutions marred by sin and teetering from spiritual and moral decay, perhaps none bears the marks of damage as much as marriage.Studies, both public and private, religious and secular, surrounding the condition of marriages in America are legion.Not one part of it shines with anything like the pure glory that was so evident when it was first made. You see it in entertainment that replaces what is truly beautiful with what is essentially pornography.You see it in the family, as the place designed for growth and protection often becomes a source of life’s greatest hurts.Marriage is founded upon the biblical basis of a covenant.
Violations of the marriage covenant may lead to the dissolution of the marriage covenant.
We have abortion on demand, including partial birth abortion.
Pornography is everywhere, from comic books to the Internet, reaching nearly every home in our country.
You see it in history, with instance after instance of man’s inhumanity to man.
You see it in each life as we all struggle with physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational brokenness every day.
You see it in a staggering, diseased economy that has finally exhausted itself after decades of financial debauchery.