Are You Married? by Keith E Gardner Always using the King James Bible
As I continue to study the Bible I learn more and always more. My eyes are opened to new things constantly and I must thank the LORD for the wisdom He is giving unto me. Recently I began to wonder about divorce and remarriage after divorce and although I’ve heard several presentations on divorce and remarriage I’ve never heard anything on the marriage of an unmarried man or woman to a divorced woman or man. Consequently I began to research this topic in the Bible and in the world as well and my findings are quite interesting.
In America today the divorce rate in astounding. The following are some statistics I have gathered concerning this matter.
Divorce statistics in America for marriage
Divorce statistics (in percent)
45% to 50% marriages end in divorce
60% to 67% marriages end in divorce
70% to 73% marriages end in divorce
* Source of this Divorce Statistics: Jennifer Baker, Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, Springfield
Enrichment journal also gives similar divorce statistics in America
The divorce rate in America for first marriage is 41%
The divorce rate in America for second marriage is 60%
The divorce rate in America for third marriage is 73%
Although each and every case is different, there can be no doubt there is a systemic problem. However, in His infinite wisdom, the LORD dealt with this issue while He was here on earth. It has been proven, from the Bible, once you marry you cannot divorce for any reason. But, if you marry one who is divorced and their mate is still alive, are you married? In Luke 16:18 the LORD says “…whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery”. Well this presents an interesting scenario. Let us first investigate the meaning of adultery. Because we all know the meaning of adultery from the Bible we will look at Webster. In Webster the definition is “sexual intercourse between a married man and someone other than his wife or between a married woman and someone other than her husband”. This definition, although not nearly as poignant, basically reiterates the sentiments of Leviticus 20:10: it’s wrong. I believe we now have both the contemporary meaning and the biblical consequences of adultery. Given this we now go back to Luke 16:18 to continue our look at how the LORD uses the term adultery. Knowing that a married man and woman can not commit adultery with one another you should immediately begin to wonder. If you marry someone who is divorced and the LORD calls your union adulterous, are you married? We see in Matthew 5:31-32 our Lord GOD teaching the same principle namely to marry a divorced person is adultery. The topic of fornication is a nonissue as it has been covered thoroughly in Matthew 5:31-32 and Matthew 19:9. Considering the meaning of adultery, both the biblical and contemporary, I have been forced to conclude that if you are married for the first time and you are married to one who is divorced while their initial spouse is still alive then you are committing adultery as are they. This is adultery because we all go before God to marry and He will only marry us once and that marriage can only be broken by the death of either mate: Romans 7:2-3. Therefore if we leave a spouse for any reason the LORD will not sanction another union as long as our spouse lives. This makes any other marriage adulterous in the sight of the LORD; and it is only the perception of the LORD that matters. What can you do if you are in such a relationship?
If you find yourself living in sin before the LORD you have two choices. You must humble yourself before Almighty God and beg His forgiveness or you can simply ignore this writing and go your own way; in which case an angry God will meet you at His appointed time.
Please search the Bible to verify my conclusions and to learn all that the LORD will share with you as the Bible is a never ending source of wisdom, understanding and knowledge.