Is Divorce a Sin?
Divorce is NOT sin!
It's the motive behind divorce that makes it sin.
A divorce from a bad marriage is God's love to you. God is for remarriage and wants you to have a good marriage, not a bad marriage!
Is Divorce a Sin in Itself? Is it the Method or the Motive Behind the Method?
Does God hate divorce because of divorce itself, or does He hate the perverted motive that men use behind this method to save?
There is both a right or wrong motive and attitude behind every action. It is no different with divorce. For example, the tenth commandment says, You shall not covet... (Exodus 20:17). Is this something that God hates? Sure it is. But is it the things themselves that we covet that are wrong, such as nice clothes, a good car, a decent place to live, healthy food to eat, or is it the motive that says, I want what you have?
Proverbs 6:16-19 mentions things the Lord hates, such as:
a proud look. Is it the look thats wrong, or the perverted motive that exalts self behind the look?
a lying tongue. Is it the spoken words that are bad or the heart motive to cover up truth?
hands that shed innocent blood. Is it the act of self defense by killing another person, or the manifestation of hate to murder for selfish motive?
one who sows discord among brethren. Is it the sowing of seeds, or is it that the seeds are seeds of division instead of seeds of unity?
Does God hate divorce when it is used to save one or both of the spouses out of a dying marriage so they can get a new start with Him? Or does God hate divorce when the motive comes from a heart that is self-seeking wanting to push aside the marriage partner He gave them, for something better. (See Malachi 2:11-16)
There is a Divorce that God Approves of and One He Hates
The divorce that God approves of is one of His major surgical procedures to save the people of the marriage (but not necessarily the marriage itself). But it has been turned into something detestable and abhorred. And because of this, many husbands and wives will live life with no joy, dead hearts, and guilt from not divorcing just to save the marriage, but themselves being lost because they were kept from a surgical operation they so desperately needed.
Instead of attempting to save the people of the marriage, we want to save the marriage, and forget about the ones who make up the marriage. Thats like trying to save a burning building and not caring to rescue the people who work in the building. Do we save the people of the marriage, or do we save the marriage itself for the sake of the marriage? GODS FIRST PRIORITY IS THE INDIVIDUAL, AND THEN THE INSTITUTION THESE INDIVIDUALS MAKE UP. If we try to save the marriage, we will probably lose the couple. But if we try to save the couple first, we have a very good chance to save the marriage, but more importantly, we will save one or both of the couple.
When people say, God hates divorce as quoted from Malachi 2:16, normally that has been taught to mean that divorce is not allowed AT ALL. We shall see that this is only a half-truth.
In Jeremiah the eighth chapter, Jeremiah mourns over the inhabitants of Jerusalem. The Lord gave them a warning through the prophet in verses 4-22. In verse 5, it says that they were ...in a perpetual backsliding [condition] and in verse 9 that ...they have rejected the Word of the Lord. Our wrong motives and attitudes will always reject the Word of the Lord.
Because their motives and attitudes toward God and people were so bad, God said in verse 10, Therefore I WILL GIVE THEIR WIVES TO OTHERS, AND THEIR FIELDS TO THOSE WHO WILL INHERIT THEM. Notice Gods attitude concerning the marriage. The marriage itself was not first priority, but second. God did not save the marriage, but broke it up because of their continual disobedience. There is a curse that actually comes upon the marriage relationship because of continual disobedience to God. (See Deuteronomy 28:30).
For He said, ...I will give their wives to OTHERS... (Jeremiah 8:10a). Others means other marriage partners. Remember: GODS PRIORITY IS TO SAVE THE PEOPLE OF THE MARRIAGE, NOT NECESSARILY THE MARRIAGE ITSELF. God is the one who broke these marriages up. I believe that the husbands were just as cruel to their wives as they were to the Lord. God didnt even ask the husbands for a Divorce Certificate. He just had another country come and take over. DIVORCE ITSELF IS NOT WHAT GOD HATES, BUT THE WHY, AND HOW COME BEHIND THE DIVORCE.
There are many critical keys in this book regarding divorce, remarriage, submission, interracial marriage and relationships. Click on Divorce: God's Will? to order.