What is the real issue here ? One poster in a thread for a similar subject said that I had ignored Matthew 5:32 where the Lord said, and I quote: But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. The argument being that God allows divorce in cases where the marriage bed is defiled, thru fornication, which everybody in this board, it seems, considers to be adultery and only adultery. But how do we harmonize this with the other gospels, if so be that we teach that the Bible does not contradict itself, and all the gospels are in harmony with each other. Matthew repeats the same things in Chapter 19:9, and again stresses that the Lord said, "except it be for fornication". However, two gospel writers, Mark and Luke, did not emphasize the cause of fornication. Paul, the Apostle, writing to the Corinthians, do not even mention fornication, as a cause for married believers breaking up, but, of course, I may have missed the verse, so if anyone knows where Paul said something to that effect, please inform me, and I will gladly retract my statement here in this paragraph. Now, what was the real issue to the Lord in as far as divorce and remarriage among believers who call on Him, and who are known by His Name, are concerned ? It is not the divorce part of the issue ! God, in Christ, emphatically told his questioners: The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. The Lord Jesus Christ, Jehovah God of the Old Testament, declared He is the Lord, He never changes. Hebrews 13:8 says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His words do not change, His principles do not change, His commandments do not change, and from the very beginning, He has declared marriage to be undisolvable by no man. However, because of man's hardness of heart, unfaithfulness happens, and the marriage bed is defiled, and so, Moses, not God, but Moses, he allowed divorce, initially for the cause of uncleanness, which is fornication, or adultery, but which the Jews twisted to mean any uncleannes he perceives in his wife, even a constantly runny nose ! Does that sound familiar ? What reasons run the gamut of those who have divorced, even in the churches ? Incompatibility. Physical Abuse. Mental Illness. Bad breath (good grief) ! Bad money habits. God, therefore, according to the Lord Himself, still says no to divorce, and would still say no, save for the hurt pride of the husband in the unfaithfulness of the wife. Divorce will happen, whether God says yes or no. However, look at the Scriptures very hard. The only God-recognized way for dissolution of marriage here on earth is death, not adultery, not wife beating, not because the husband is a closet homosexual, not anything else under the sun, but death and only death of one of the couples. Paul said: "Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. (Romans 7:1-3) Paul understood what Jesus was saying, and all the gospel writers understood what Jesus was saying. That the emphasis was on the remarriage side. We may divorce, we will divorce, but we cannot and should not remarry. If we do, whether we know it or not, whether we admit it or not, whether we like it or not, we have become adulterers and adulteresses. Jesus said in Matthew 19:8, 9: " He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery." The exception clause of fornication did not legalize remarriage, it only gave allowance for the reason for divorce as seen by Moses. That is why the disciples responded: If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry (Matthew 19:10).