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Can a Christian marry a divorced person?

When is marrying a divorced person acceptable and when is it considered wrong? What if a Christian married a divorced person (let say the divorced person initiated the divorce based on irreconcilable differences) would the Christian be living their life in sin if they continued to stay married to that person or could they stay in that marriage?

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I can't see how there is anything to discuss in this. Jesus said it pretty clear that if someone marries a divorced person, they are committing adultery. The only thing that could justify it is if the divorced person already had divorced because of adultery. At least that's how I've view it when reading the bible.
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Originally Posted by Bellicus View Post
I can't see how there is anything to discuss in this. Jesus said it pretty clear that if someone marries a divorced person, they are committing adultery. The only thing that could justify it is if the divorced person already had divorced because of adultery. At least that's how I've view it when reading the bible.
Looks like you have to cancel the wedding plans...
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Hmm so do I stay Or break up my family ?
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Honestly, I think this is one of the sins that is pointless and nobody follows. If your in love with someone you are not going to drive yourself crazy just because in the past they have a divorce under thier belt. People make mistakes. God is all about forgiveness. Why can't you forgive someone for jumping into a bad marriage, and then having the courage to get themselves out of it? Ofcourse this is only my personal view and may go against some sects of relgions.
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Honestly, I think this is one of the sins that is pointless and nobody follows. If your in love with someone you are not going to drive yourself crazy just because in the past they have a divorce under thier belt. People make mistakes. God is all about forgiveness. Why can't you forgive someone for jumping into a bad marriage, and then having the courage to get themselves out of it? Ofcourse this is only my personal view and may go against some sects of relgions.
Luk 16:18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.

I don't see much wiggle room here. There really isn't much to discuss. Where the tricky part comes in is when you find yourself already in the situation when you discover Christ's teaching.

A question: "Is there such a thing as a "pointless" sin? Does sin begin and end with what God says, or is it tied to current prevailing moral standards?

If you are "in love" with someone you'd BETTER drive yourself crazy if they have an (unscriptural) divorce in their past! God expects us to take our vow of marriage seriously. Not only that, He expects us to take OTHER'S vows seriously as well.

I think you and I define "courage" a little differently.
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What if her husband is a jerk and at times distant, or is just a moron and is no longer the man she married all those years ago? And gets divorced. She MUST be alone the rest of her life? Does not seem realistic to me. And I used the word Courage because, what if he is emotionaly and/or mentally abusive.

The Christian must drive him/herself crazy you are saying? You are saying, well it looks like you have a black mark on your Christian walk thus I can not marry you because of a past divorce, even though we both love each other God tells me I must end this and cancel all wedding plans. ....?

Why would someone do this?
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You don't know if Pgp_protector is going to hell or not. You can't say someone is going to hell because only God can judge that. Out of all the things to go to hell for you think this is going to make someone go to hell?
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"But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery." - Matthew 5:32

Not unless that first spouse cheated.
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