Christian Views on Divorce and Remarriage

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Divorce is not welcomed in the teachings of the Old Testament:

  • Moses taught that divorce was permitted if a man found out something indecent about his wife.
  • In Malachi, God says, "I hate divorce".

In the sermon on the Mount, Jesus said that divorce was wrong and that the Old Testaments rules about divorce were not strict enough. However, Jesus said that adultery was grounds for divorce.

In 1981, The Church of England decided that although a person had been divorced, this should not prevent them from marrying someone else in a Church Ceremony. The Orthodox Church does allow divorced people to…


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