Interpreting Mark 10

Q. Thank you for answering our questions. I am currently involved in a bible study. We are reading the book of Mark and last week we read chapter 10 which speaks on divorce. We had varied opinions on Gods view and our responsibility as Christians. I would like to know how you interpret the subject?

A. There’s not much interpretation necessary. Divorce is forbidden except in cases of marital unfaithfulness, and then it’s merely an option not a requirement. Re-marriage after a divorce on grounds other than unfaithfulness puts one in a position of adultery. The reason for this is that marriage is supposed to be a model of the relationship between Christ and the Church, one that is strong enough to withstand all trials, and is characterized by faithfulness in all situations.

The part that most believers overlook is that like almost all other sins, divorce is forgivable. If you or someone in your group has been divorced for reasons other than adultery, Read 1 John 1:9. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

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