Marriage

 

 

1. If a married woman commits fornication, does her sin permit her husband to remarry?

 

 

 

No, it doesn’t. For her sin of fornication allows her husband to send her away, but it does not allow him to remarry. For Jesus said: “It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery” (Matthew 5:31-32), and also: “And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery” (Matthew 19:9).

Someone, in reading these words of Jesus, will probably point out that Jesus did not state that if a man sends away his wife for marital unfaithfulness and marries another woman he commits adultery, but He stated that the husband commits adultery if he sends away his wife (and marries another) for any reason except fornication. However, this interpretation is wrong because in another place it is written that Jesus said: “Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery” (Luke 16:18) which means that no matter what the reason, for which the husband sends away his wife, is (that is, no matter whether it is a reason that justifies or not the man who sends away his wife), if the husband marries another woman, he commits adultery.

The only reason which allows a man to remarry is the death of his wife; no other event can loose him from the law which binds him to his wife.

It is obvious that this principle is applied also to the case in which it is the husband who commits fornication; for in this case the wife who departs from her husband cannot remarry but she must remain unmarried. As it is written: “But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband” (1 Corinthians 7:11 - NKJV).

 

 

 

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