MARRIAGE

#16. Marriage was ordained by God in Eden before the fall, for the benefit of humanity, and its sanctity is guarded by one of the ten commandments (see Gen 1:27; 2:18-25; Ex 20:14; Prov 18:22; Heb 13:4). The only ground for divorce in Scripture is "fornication"; after such a divorce the innocent party has the Scriptural right to remarry, but it is "adultery" for the guilty party to remarry either before or after the innocent party remarries (see Matt 5:31,32; 19:3-12; Mark 10:2-12; Luke 16:18; Rom 7:1-3; 1 Cor 7:1-40). If there has been a divorce on other than Biblical grounds, or merely a separation without a divorce, reconciliation is the ideal; but even if the two remain separated, they are still married to each other in God's eyes, and should act accordingly (see 1 Cor. 7:10,11).