What Does The Bible Teach About Divorce?

What does the Bible

teach about divorce?

Dr. Jim Denison

When is divorce permissible biblically? When is it not? What does the Lord say about such a difficult subject?

This is unfortunately a very common question. America has five percent of the world’s population, but 50% of its divorces. Web sites, magazines, and support groups on the subject of divorce abound.

In all the cacophony of voices speaking to this issue, it’s vital that we hear God’s. That’s my only job in this essay—to give you what the word of God says, and what it means for us. Every one of us has experienced divorce or known someone affected directly by it. Let’s ask the Lord our most common questions about this painful subject, and listen to him as he offers us hope for hurting hearts.

What did Jesus teach?

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addresses our issue: “It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce'” (Matthew 5:31). “Anyone who divorces his wife” points to an extremely common practice in Jesus’ day.