DIVORCE IS FORBIDDEN
BY THE LAW OF GOD
in an age where people go to preachers who preach doctrines that will
tickle their ears, specially, those teaching that marriages which are
indissoluble can be annulled. Of course, they cite bases which are man
made, and therefore, unacceptable to God. Such people, both preachers and
victims are deplorable in the sight of God. And so through the fault of
these ignorant preachers, and also of the listener who seek such preachers,
many live in adultery.
the Old Testament where divorce is allowed for any reason that would
endanger, for instance, the life of the wife, in the New Testament
separation is allowed only if a spouse commits fornication or adultery but
without the possibility of annulment and of remarrying at all. All the
present bases for annulment are unacceptable to God.
listen to the voice of Holy Tradition, a source of Christian Revelation
aside from Scriptures with regard to divorce (or separation) for any other
reason. Divorce is against the law of God and all the annulment cases today
are nothing else than divorces and not annulment or separation as they
claim. Holy Tradition shows that everything practiced in present day
divorce or separation or annulment is against the teachings of Christ in
the New Testament.
Ambrose states: Do not divorce your wife, lest by doing so, you deny God,
the author of your union. Even if her behavior puts you off, you ought the
more to tolerate and gently correct it. Hear what the Lord has said:
"Everyone who divorces his wife. . . makes her an adulteress"
desire to sin can creep up unawares on the woman who cannot remarry because
her husband is still alive. But it is the husband, as origin of the fault,
who is to blame.
the pregnant wife go when she is sent away with her little ones? Where can
the old woman go with tottering footsteps when she is driven out? If you
send away your wife and hold on to the children you are abusing charity and
insulting piety. On the other hand, you are being cruel if you drive away
your children along with their mother through no fault of theirs, since
children need to be looked after by their father if their mother has gone
dangerous it can be if you bring vulnerable youth face to face with
wrongdoing. How wicked it is to reduce to destitution in her old age that
woman whom you exploited when young.
general dismiss his veteran soldier, dishonored and without pay and sacked
from his post? Does the farmer drive away from his fields his farmhand
exhausted by work? Is it, therefore, acceptable to do to an equal, your
wife, what you are not even allowed to do to your subordinates?
you have a right to leave your wife because today it is not seen as a
crime. You think you can do it because the law of man allows it. Well, it
is forbidden by the law of God. Fear God, you who obey human authority.
Listen to the law of God who is obeyed even by those who make our laws.
"What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder"
indissolubility of marriage is not just a heavenly teaching to be followed
but a work of God to be performed. Do you want your children to be looked
after by a stepfather while you are still alive? Do you want them to be
under the control of a stepmother while the real mother is still living?
you divorce her and she does not marry again. Surely as her husband you
would have been displeased by the idea of her being loyal to an adulterer.
Suppose she does marry again. The crime she is forced to commit is your
responsibility, and what you think of as a marriage is in fact an
adulterous liaison. What does it matter whether you openly admit your crime
of adultery or conceal it by the appearance of a new marriage, except that
to conceal it is worse because it involves deception.
Perhaps you might say, "Moses
said that we could divorce our wives if we give them a writ of dismissal"
(Deut 24:1). Anyone who says this is simply following Judaism, not
Christianity. Christ said that Moses allowed this because of the hardness
of their heart, but this was not so from the beginning. What was it from
the beginning? "A man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to
his wife and they become one flesh" (Gen 2:24). That means that the
man who divorces his wife is cutting his own flesh in two and splitting his
St. Ambrose, Commentary on Luke, 8, 4-8