The vows I shared with Barbara went like this: I, Dennis, take you, Barbara, to be my lawful wedded wife.I promise and covenant, before God and these witnesses, to be your loving and faithful husband; to stand by you in riches and in poverty, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, forsaking all others, as long as we both shall live." obligation.Moses was married to a Cushite (Ethiopian) woman (Numbers 12:1-16), and God was angry with Aaron and Miriam for criticizing that marriage.The Hebrews were forbidden to marry Canaanites and other pagan peoples (Exodus -16; Deuteronomy 7:1-3).The reason was because those people worshipped idols, not because of race; the Hebrews, Amorites, Canaanites, etc. The apostle Paul encouraged Christians not to marry unbelievers (2 Corinthians ), but here again, the reason was religious, not racial.Jesus and His apostles taught that we must respect and show compassion for all people of God's creation without regard to artificial distinctions like race and nationality.In our culture today many see divorce as a positive solution to a troubled marriage.But Harvard sociologist Armand Nicholi III concluded, "Divorce is not a solution, but an exchange of problems." In a more personal way, novelist Pat Conroy said of his own marriage break-up, "Each divorce is the death of a small civilization." One woman wrote after her divorce, "Our divorce has been the most painful, horrid, ulcer producing, agonizing event you can imagine….
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.The research for this report began a number of years ago in an attempt to find out what God’s Word has to say about divorce and remarriage. What place do divorced and remarried couples have in the Church? In what cases are divorce and remarriage permitted?In Proverbs we read, "It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows" (NIV).Deuteronomy says, "You shall be careful to perform what goes out from your lips, just as you have voluntarily vowed to the Lord your God what you have promised." Jesus said that "every careless word that men shall speak, they shall render account for it in the day of judgment" (Matthew ).