Episode 143

The Biblical Grounds for Divorce

My wife Chelsea and I close our series about marriage. In this episode we finish tackling the taboo subject of divorce.

We discuss Jesus' answer to the question of divorce from the Pharisees. We talk about the houses of Hillel and Shammai as background for this question.

Jesus directed his audience to the beginning with God's design for marriage. He also explained that adultery was the grounds for divorce. Does mean other heinous problems like violence are not grounds for divorce? We give our understanding of this context as well as other passages in the law that show other technical grounds for divorce.

Bottom line: Divorce harms even when it is necessary. God's design for marriage is a man and woman for life. It is the fallenness of humanity that breaks the perfect picture of Christ and the church.

Scriptures Referenced:

Deuteronomy 24:1

Matthew 19:3-11

Malachi 2:16

Exodus 21:10-11

1 Corinthians 7:15

Ephesians 5:30-33

1 Corinthians 5:11

Other episodes in this series:

How God Wrote our Love Story

Thinking Biblically About Marriage

Tips for Singles Looking for a Spouse (part 1)

Tips for Singles Looking for a Spouse (part 2)

What Does "One Flesh" in Marriage Mean?

Let's Talk: How Communication is Key to a Healthy Marriage

Conflict Resolution in Marriage (part 1): Four Things You Should Never Do

Conflict Resolution in Marriage (part 2): Five Tips to Resolve a Conflict

Casting Pearls Before Swine (part 1)

Casting Pearls Before Swine (part 2)

Casting Pearls Before Swine (part 3)

A Biblical Definition of Divorce

The Biblical Grounds for Divorce


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Daniel Mynyk

Daniel Mynyk is a software developer with experience in the education, real estate, and manufacturing industries. He is a devout Christian and an affluent lay apologist, having taught adult Sunday School classes in theology and church history. Daniel has authored the book "Freedom To Give: The Biblical Truth About Tithing." He has also been a guest on the syndicated radio show Bob Enyart Live and popular podcasts such as Apologetics Live, Theology Throw Down, and The Rap Report with Andrew Rappaport. He runs the apologetic website TruthHub.org and hosts the weekly podcast Truthspresso. Daniel lives with his wife Chelsea their four kids.