Does God Want Divorce?
It is important to remember at all times that God’s will is not experienced or interpreted the same way by everyone.
Divorce in Islam isn’t as easy as many people may think. It also does not happen purely due to issues within a marriage, which can be emotional, financial, or ideological, and often divorced Muslim women are at greater risk of isolation (both physical and social) once they’ve left their husband. Moreover, without remarrying after divorce according to Islamic law (kaffara), the woman must wait two full lunar years before she too can marry again; while this rule does provide her with some time and space for healing from any difficult experiences of marriage or divorce, it also leaves her vulnerable to economic dependence.
God wants inner peace, not divorce.
The Bible (particularly in the book of Psalms) talks about people who “turn their backs” on God, meaning they reject him. This is different than what’s going on in a marriage where partners try to live out those commitments from a spirit of cooperation and respect for each other. That commitment starts with both people trying to turn themselves over to God so that they can love one another better and put whatever conflicts are present up for Him heal them. If it seems like a person could use forgiveness or prayer because of something he/she has done wrong against someone else, I would recommend making that clear too as part of the conversation. In my view, following this perspective will help create.
There is a couple of different opinions on this.
Some people believe that if you don’t have your questions clear in your relationship with your partner then it is easy for the individuals to be led down wrong paths and quickly fall out of love. The others are the opposite and say that faith can sometimes be lost and needs to be kept fresh through communication.
Personal beliefs are often what dictate how someone reacts to their marriage or family life, though there isn’t a specific answer that applies universally; some people might not see divorce as being morally intolerable, while others may interpret divorce as harming both parties involved irrevocably. It all depends on what kind of person you are, but one thing over all seems consistent.
Regardless of your personal beliefs, one thing is certain: marriage doesn’t always work out and sometimes divorce is the only option.
Marriage does not correlate with a such a legally binding social contract as ownership of property, joint responsibility for the care and education of children, or being required to share money like two business partners working together. The person has an ability to separate themselves if all outside resources are exhausted. That level of legal marriage may be for people without assets who need protection in place in case one party passes away; but it’s not on some level for lifelong love which I fear can lose its feeling forever. Divorce restores that sense by returning us back to our original persona and frees us from the need to prove ourselves.
Divorce is not in God’s will.
Not at all! The Bible makes it clear that God intends marriage and divorce to be the exception, not the norm. One of the few times divorce is permitted in Scripture is when an unbelieving spouse abandons a believer; even then, remarriage should only be considered after a waiting period (1 Corinthians 7). And while some believe divorce should never happen if possible, Scripture seems to leave an opening for it as a last resort.
But this doesn’t mean Christians shouldn’t work towards their marriages being happy and fulfilling ones! For more resources on how, please see this page
And really, nothing could change what God wants for us… both individually and collectively.
God does not have an opinion on the subject because he wants you to follow YOUR heart.
It’s now more common than ever for couples to file for divorce, and there are also LGBTQ+ couples who might want to get divorced as well. We need to keep in mind that all of us have different religious beliefs, and the nature of those beliefs has a lot to do with how we view marriage and divorce. If you don’t want your spouse baptized then, before making any decisions on your marriage status, it might be best if you speak with that person about their thoughts regarding getting married again in case they or you change their minds later one.
It’s always difficult to answer a question like this. It depends on the individual, their beliefs, and what specifically they mean by ‘God’ or ‘wants’. As some people put it: With so many different ways of perceiving gods, everyone has a different, valid answer.
I’d recommend that you find someone who seems knowledgeable in your religious tradition and ask them for an expert opinion. They can take into account all of the considerations which are too broad for me to address here. But I’ll give one example I just saw: “If one party in a marriage is not fulfilling his or her obligations under the contract… then God isn’t bound by any obligation not to provide a divorce.”
It’s really hard to know what God wants.
“Divorce” is not a word that is used in the Bible. The correct passage here would be “putting away.”
The general idea of putting away someone else’s spouse may or may not be supported by God, but it won’t always be prohibited either. Adultery, for example, is explicitly forbidden. If a believer commits adultery and seeks divorce–or if an unbeliever divorces their Christian partner and attempts to remarry–they will commit the sin of adultery again (unless they repent). Likewise, if an unbeliever ignores their marriage vows then divorces without committing adultery with another person, they will likely still be sinning against God.
God wants what we want.
There is a difference between wanting something at the moment but having to accept it in the long run and wanting something but not being able to have it because of external circumstances. In both cases, “not” wanting something does not mean you are “against” that thing happening, only that you do not want it now or given the situation. The same goes for God’s attitudes towards things in general; God has no attitude about anything (since an attribute is a relationship and there is nothing relating), which means everything is always in flux depending on every individual’s will and emotions. Mankind would need more information than simply asking Him if He also wants divorce before making any conclusion- even if He did respond.
The church and the Bible don’t speak on this, but generally speaking, no.
Ultimately, it should be up to you whether or not it’s worth staying in a marriage that is having problems. Church advice might say one thing while family advice says another. But ultimately it’s your life – make the decision that best suits you; only you know what aspects of your relationship are most important to you and why they need to stay intact before taking any steps toward divorce. Be sure to weigh out the pros and cons too: living apart from someone may be just as bad (or worse) for some people in love as separating obligations in their marriage vows are for others.
Divorce is when two people decide to end their marriage or de facto relationship. Yes, God wants people to have a loving and harmonious relationship with their spouse, but it doesn’t seem that the bible presupposes that divorce will never happen.
So from what we can tell, yes God does want marriages to last through divorce. There are lots of reasons why people might want a divorce – some couples find themselves in situations where they’re in physical danger from each other; some couples think they’ve grown too far apart; some find they just don’t like each other anymore. For these reasons and others, many escape dangerous relationships every day through getting divorced while keeping their faith in Jesus alive as well as maintaining an active church life.
Religious frameworks for marriage are a product of their time and place. The answer to this question depends on what culture you inhabit and which way you read the Bible.
In Islam, an argument could be made that Allah never planned divorce because it is his will within marriage that couples remain together as a sign of obedience to him for the sake of their commitment until they meet Him on the Day of Judgment. So in Islam, no one has permission or power over breaking up a marriage besides Allah himself.
In Christianity, there are two arguments both from conservative Christians who look at the bible with differing interpretations through their respective religious lenses about how divorced people can participate in God’s kingdom after death or whether estrangement between parents is grounds.
Although the question is about divorce, you are concerned with the nature of God’s Will. I can only answer this on an individual level; what I believe on a personal level does not apply to anyone but other individuals who share similar beliefs.
But if you’re asking me how I interpret the Bible, then it’s safest to say my interpretation would have been influenced by traditional Christian teachings which says that the meaning and purpose of marriage is for one man and one woman to live together so long as they please in mutual love and kindness. An objective reading of scripture suggests that heterosexual monogamy suits most people best, though there was mention of polygamy being approved in certain situations where sexual immorality was rampant – such as Israel.