Q. A lady friend tells me she couldn’t marry me unless her current husband becomes unfaithful leading to a divorce. She quotes 1 Cor. 7 and says she would have to remain single if she divorces because of extreme unhappiness. I’ve read the passage several times, and, like most of the Bible’s verses, I am confused. What is the best way for me to gain understanding of 1 Cor. 7? By the way, this is hypothetical, part of a Bible study. I’m not romantically involved with her.
A. 1 Corinthians 7:10-11 says,
“To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.”
I don’t see anything confusing about it. Jesus taught that the only acceptable reason for divorce is marital unfaithfulness (Matt. 19:9). If your friend leaves her husband for any other reason, the Bible says she is supposed to remain single. Marrying someone else would be a sin.