GOD NEVER SAID “I HATE DIVORCE”

There is no scripture whereby God stated directly that he hated divorce. Rather, there was a lone prophetic declaration in Malachi 2:16 that referred to God’s displeasure about a prevailing cultural practice that was opposed to the law of Moses, which was the prevailing religious code and societal practice of the time. A prophetic report could be valid and yet NOT be same as the direct voice of God.

Malachi 2:16 in King James Version is directly quoted as follows “For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away:”

Putting away is different from from divorce.

The law of Moses permitted divorce. And that law was regarded as God’s law. The law was in practice before and after the quoted lone prophetic announcement. So, on the surface of the Moses law, which was God’s law, God did not include a provision that he hated in “HIS” law.

The context of the Malachi scripture was in reference to what was a popular and prevailing traditional practice of the time whereby wives were sent away without formal notice and legal divorce which was referred to as “writing a bill of divorce.” New marriages were started without a formal termination of the earlier marriage.

The general principle of Bible interpretation is that no single scripture is allowed to privately or sufficiently interpret itself. There are more explanations on “putting away” versus “divorce” that other scriptures addresses.

Jesus addressed that in his answers about divorce. He even said there are no marriages (recognized) in heaven. Get recommended books for Bible-quoted details.

God’s initial plan was there should be a lifetime of marriage between husband and wife. It is the same way His initial plan was for humans to never die physically. BUT we know that human actions have changed all of those AND God has embraced humans regardless of our choices, in hope we would still RETURN to him at the end of the day.

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I do not advocate divorce. But there are marriages that were never of God in the first place. And there are many marriages in which a spouse hold the next to ransom without fear of God.

In such cases it is better people go separate ways than hang in there with Satan”s agent because “God hate divorce” (which is not even Biblical).

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Life Coach Olan Elujoba – President, Worldwide WORD Missions