It is more important in that it disproves a statement made earlier, that "No marriage is wrong, period!"
Oh, OK. I wasn't relating that statement to HR's post. You may have to ask him, but I think the point being made there was that there is nothing wrong with any
marriage, in itself. The reasons someone gets married may be sinful, or the motives or the happentance behind a marriage may be wrong, but once someone makes an honest commitment to a spouse before God in a marriage, there is nothing sinful about the marriage
. Consequences may follow, and probably will, that need to be dealt with but I don't believe that an acceptable way to deal with that situation would be to destroy another
Richard committed adultery, which, IMO, is wrong, solely because he married Edith, not because he divorced anyone, or he, otherwise, broke some covenant or another.
What sin did poor Richard commit in this example? Adultery
Who did he commit adultery against?Do you need a "victim"? How about God?
I guess I don't believe Richard committed adultery soley
because he married Edith. I don't believe the scriptures teach that. The Jews of the day understood
what adultery was (look in Leviticus) and there was always a victim, someone who was wronged in some way, whether it was a girl's father or owner or husband, etc. Even God called Israel adulterous because they put other things first instead of God first. God was wronged. The putting away of one in order to have another is adulterous.
I agree Richard would be guilty of adultery if he knew
he was taking another man's wife or if he knew another man's wife was leaving her husband in order to marry him. He is just as guilty in destroying a marriage as the one divorcing. I think that is what is being taught.
Christ was emphasizing the value of marriage. He is saying that you can't end a marriage just to marry another because you are just trying to legally
dump one for another...it's still adultery.
Why is "divorce" in quotes? Are you suggesting they really aren't divorced?I am saying that if they were no longer married in the sight of God, the word "adultery" would never appear in these passages...
I guess I don't understand if someone divorces their spouse in order to marry another how then they aren't really
divorced? And how when they marry another they aren't really
married? Like I mentioned, adultery is horrible because of the break-up
of marriages. It's not that the marriages aren't broken...they are.
But Jesus was addressing their specific question by telling them they weren't observing marriages and holding them to a high standard like they needed to. They couldn't just throw one marriage to the side for another one and think that was OK. Christ isn't saying that they weren't indeed thrown away
. He is saying that in so doing they were committing adultery.