Three Crucial Questions
1. When does the One Flesh Bond cease to exist?
In order for remarriage to occur after divorce it must be assumed that the One Flesh bond does not exist. There are only three possible options, none of which are biblical: A). A permanent One Flesh bond never did exist. B). The One Flesh bond ceased to exist when some sin took place (i.e. adultery, desertion, abuse). C). The One Flesh bond ceased to exist when legal divorce proceedings were completed.
The Bible teaches that the One Flesh bond endures for life. None of the above scenarios break the One Flesh bond. This is why every remarriage after divorce is considered adulterous. The remarried person is still One Flesh with their original spouse.
2. When does remarriage cease being adultery?
Since remarriage is called adultery at its inception there are only three possible options: A). It ceases to be adultery immediately upon committing adultery. B). It gradually ceases to be adultery over time. C). It remains adultery throughout the remarriage relationship.
Options A & B are both illogical and have no biblical support. It is sometimes claimed that permanent adultery is the logical conclusion but for various reasons this belief is to be rejected. One wonders why an illogical conclusion would be favored?
3. Did the early Christians change the teachings of Jesus and Paul regarding Divorce and Remarriage?
The early church had a consensus that remarriage after divorce was adultery. Either they correctly interpreted the New Testament texts or they misinterpreted the texts and foisted their own opinions on the early church. Since there is no record of any first or second century debate or dissension the logical conclusion is that they were following the original teachings of Jesus and the apostles.
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