WE ARE DIVORCED
- Dear Moderators
Divorce is becoming common. Few years back it was only for gentiles. At the holy matrimony service the celebrant would say that the joined couple can only be separated by death. The wedding of Jesus Christ with the Church is the theme in the service of the sacrament of holy matrimony. Ephesians 5: 28-31 gives light to the joining of the bride and bridegroom. �In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does for the church; for we are members of his body. �For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.
So, they became one flesh. For the husband, his wife�s body is his own flesh. For the wife, her husband�s body is her own flesh. When we eat holy qurbono, the flesh of Jesus Christ becomes our own flesh. Hence when a Christian who has made the holy flesh and blood of Jesus Christ, a part of his/her own body and attach that to a foreign body by indulging in sexual intercourse is attaching the flesh of Jesus Christ to the flesh of a prostitute. If we look around in our community in India whose fore-fathers are known to us, we see a lot of previously well-off people living in total ruin now. The successors of adultery would show no value for holy matrimony because of their demonic influence.
What is the sin of Sodom? They went after foreign flesh. �And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh�; (Judah 6-8)
One divorced through the court does not make him/her divorced before God. If a divorced is seeking the flesh of another, when their own-flesh (the other person whom he/she claims is divorced through court) is alive, they are in the spirit of Sodom. If anyone is living as �husband and wife� with a strange flesh after their �so called� divorce, they are living in adultery.
�They said, �Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.�It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,� Jesus replied. �But at the beginning of creation God �made them male and female. �For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. �So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together let no one separate� Mark 10: 4-9. But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality� Matthew 5:32.
Hence, the only exception is the sin of sexual immorality that can come in between the relationship of holy matrimony. I find a lot of people considering divorce as a fashion. Remember that you are thinking as the people of Sodom. The only way out of this evil is fasting and crying before God. Infant baptism is an exclusive privilege of the children born out of holy matrimony.
Dn. Monsy Manimalethu Jacob