No Happy Divorce
3 And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” 4 He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” 7 They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?”8 He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”
90% of people in the Western Culture marry by the age of 50. Healthy marriages are good for a couple’s mental and physical health. A happy marriage will help protect the children from physical, social and emotional problems. However, 40 to 50% of married couples in the U.S. will divorce. The Canadian rate is no different. Data from the 2009 U.S. Census report reveal that the highest divorce rates are in the Bible Belt, wtih Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, and Oklahoma having the highest rates. I also heard for the first time on radio, a commercial about a ‘happy divorce’.
The Bible is clear that the only reason that there was divorce was because of the hardness of the hearts of the Israelites. God does not intend for husband and wife to divorce each other. I find a ‘happy divorce’ hard to accept. There will be pain and sadness and negative consequences on the children and on the finances when there is a divorce. God has chosen and joined husband and wife together for life and that is a great blessing.