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I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the
reason of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries
a divorced woman commits adultery." Matthew 5:32
willing to stand by my wedding vows, but my spouse is not.
is never automatically divorce.
Some might say
it depends on what you mean when you say your spouse is not "standing
by our wedding vows." We all have different ways of understanding
what we thought were the intended promises. But the bottom line
is that there is only one acceptable reason for Christians getting
a divorce -- unchastity. Having a physical, sexual relationship
with someone other than your spouse. In current terminology: cheating.
If your spouse
cheats on you, does that mean divorce? Not necessarily. It was very
difficult, and the consequences in a loss of trust still linger
after 14 years, but my marriage survived my unchastity.
And always remember,
although in the case of unchastity divorce is an option, remarriage
is never an option. Marriage always remains ONE man and ONE woman,
forever. The person who is not respecting their wedding vows should
keep this in mind--based on the Bible, divorce and remarriage marriage
is not an option.