Can you go to heaven if you divorce and remarry (what does the Bible say)?

As a theologian, I have grown a desire to understand more about marriages, divorce, and heaven. I wanted to understand these aspects extensively, as several Christians come to me for advice. For the past few years, I have been inclined to learn whether those who divorce and remarry can go to heaven. I’ve thrown myself into deep and extensive research and consulted with several theology professors to get their biblical interpretations about this topic. I decided to open an online Christian forum some years back to discuss Christian-related topics. A few weeks ago, one member questioned whether one could go to heaven if they divorced and remarried. Other members were intrigued by this question and were eager for my input. Since I am well-versed in this topic, I explained to them the biblical grounds of divorce and if one can go to heaven after remarrying. So, can you go to heaven if you divorce and remarry?

The short answer to this question is yes. However, there are conditions that one must fulfill; it is essential to understand that God’s forgiveness is available for anyone willing to repent with a sincere heart. Moreover, according to Matthew 19:9, divorce is allowed in case either of the partners has committed adultery; the faithful partner has the chance to remarry because they are no longer bonded to the marriage. Under this condition, remarrying is not considered a sin, and most likely, the faithful partner will go to heaven if they continue to live according to the teachings of the Bible.

Join me today as I uncover some fascinating facts about divorce and remarrying; I will extensively major on, what the Bible says about divorce, acceptable biblical grounds when divorce is allowed, what the scriptures say about remarrying, and if God can forgive anyone who remarries and repent. Intrigued to find out more? Well, keep reading.

What does the Bible say about divorce?

Can you go to heaven if you divorce and remarry?
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Christians hold different beliefs and teachings about marriage and divorce. However, we can only have the facts if we look closely at the scriptures. According to Matthew 19:6, Jesus told his disciples that what God has joined let no man separate. In this reference, he was talking about marriage since he said the two should become one. Therefore, it is clearly evident that the scriptures condemn divorce. Moreover, in 1 Corinthians 7:10-11, the Lord warns Christians through Paul that a wife must not separate from her husband. Marriage is intended to be permanent, for it is God’s original plan. Paul further instructs that in case they separate, they should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to their husband, and husbands aren’t permitted to divorce their wives.

In addition, divorce is the death of marriage, which results in grief and loss. In Malachi 2:16, the scripture is strict while addressing divorce and notes that the Lord hates divorce. This shows how serious marriage is, and it is not supposed to be taken lightly.

What are the accepted biblical grounds for divorce?

Marriage is supposed to be a permanent and sacred union. However, there are several biblical exceptions in the Bible where divorce is permitted in the Bible. The most known reason is adultery. In Matthew 19:9, Jesus, during his teachings, says anyone who divorces his wife or husband for any reason outside sexual immorality is guilty of adultery. This means that divorce is allowed in the Bible where one of the partners is unfaithful to the other because, at this point, the trust is broken, and the covenant they made before is also broken. Additionally, in 1 Corinthians 7:15, the Bible notes that if the unbelieving partner separates, then the believer is allowed to divorce for calling us to peace.

What does the Bible say about remarrying after a divorce?

Biblically, marriage is a spiritually binding covenant between a man and a woman and is supposed to be forever. So, what’s the biblical stand on remarrying? According to the scriptures, a person can remarry. However, the Bible put some conditions which must be met before remarrying.

If death strikes and one of the couples dies, the Bible allows the other partner to get married or remarry. This is because the vow that was taken has been fulfilled, and the partner who is alive is not bonded to marriage bond again. This is evidently seen in 1 Corinthians 7:8-9, where Paul urges those who have lost their partners for spiritual purposes that he would prefer them to be single; however, he permits them to remarry if they can not withstand burning with passion.

Additionally, in 1 Corinthians 7:15, Paul addresses the believers who are married to unbelievers; most likely, it might happen if one got saved during their marriage. If the unbeliever claims they want to leave the marriage, they should let them go for the sake of peace. The believer will no longer be bonded to the marriage covenant, and they can remarry. However, the condition is whoever they choose to marry should be of the Lord.

Is it considered adultery to divorce and remarry?

Well, the answer to such a question will depend upon some bible facts about remarriage. If your divorce has met the biblical reasons, then you are free to remarry (like in the case of adultery), and you will not be committing adultery. However, if it is not biblically based reasons, then it is committing adultery because before God (Mathew 5:31-32). That marriage is illegal; it might be legal by the laws of the land, but spiritually, it is not ordained by God.

When is remarriage not a sin, according to the Bible?

Can you go to heaven if you divorce and remarry?
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If divorce between married couples has occurred based on biblical accounts, depending on the cause, remarriage can occur. Jesus himself permits to remarry when adultery has taken place. Therefore, marrying again after your partner has been involved in a sexual relationship outside marriage is not considered a sin, according to Matthew 19:9.

Moreover, Paul states in 1 Corinthians 7:15 that if the unbeliever decides to leave a believer in marriage, it is permitted for God to call us to peace. Therefore, according to Paul, the believer will no longer be bonded to the marriage covenant, and they will be free. And at this point, it is ok to remarry although to Lord’s people.

Will God forgive me if I remarry and repent?

You might wonder what will happen to Christians who divorce but not according to the biblical account, yet they remarry. Will they be forgiven if they turn and repent? Jesus’s teachings in Matthew 5:32 and Mark 10:11-12 showed that entering into an illegal marriage is an act of adultery. However, because the new marriage covenant is sealed through a sexual relationship, the remarried couples need to remain married and faithful to each other. But as long as they continue not to repent of what they did, God’s blessings will not be upon that marriage. And when they repent, God being merciful, will grant them forgiveness if they are sincere in their repentance.

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