Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Fall 12-2011

School

School of Religion

Major

Religion: Biblical Studies

Primary Subject Area

Religion, Biblical Studies; Sociology, Individual and Family Studies

Keywords

Divorce, Matthew 19, Remarriage, Genesis 2:24

Disciplines

Biblical Studies | Family, Life Course, and Society

Abstract

Divorce rates in America have reached historic levels. The American home has been exposed to disruption and fragmentation that has radically changed the culture of the American family. Furthermore, the uniqueness of the American situation resides in the near-apathetic approach that the American public has taken to the issue. Divorce rates are historically high and the American home is drastically changing, yet the American culture neglects the issue both in the local community of the church and the home and in the public arena of politics and government. By examining the biblical foundation of marriage, one can transition from principle to application without violating the hermeneutics of the Word of God. Examining Matthew 19 provides an insight into the teaching of Jesus Himself on divorce and remarriage, while reading through 1 Corinthians 7 reveals Paul’s addition to the marital bond and dissolution. By combining these teachings and grounding them in the foundation of marriage—Genesis 2:24—one can come to a better understanding of the issue of divorce and marriage in the Scriptures.

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