Originally posted by DarkWolf
What does the original Biblical texts say on this subject? The KJV was written to include divorce (if I remember correctly), among other thigns, also the reason for the formation of the Anglican Church (which I know for sure). It's my understanding that there were no grounds for divorce in the original Biblical texts.
There are only two instances in the Bible where God says we are not obligated to remain married.
(mentioned in the OT and NT)
Matt 5:32 but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for [the] cause of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
Matt 19: 9 "And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery."
1. Unbelieving Spouse Leaves
1 Cor 7:12 But to the rest I say, not the Lord, that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever , and she consents to live with him, let him not send her away. 13 And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, let her not send her husband away. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy. 15 Yet if the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called us to peace.
It is obvious in scripture (from the original text) that Christ doesn't want to see any marriage covenant broken, but there are some instances where a divorce can occur and one of the parties involved be "free from bondage".