Sunday, October 04, 2009

They Are Not Two

Mark 10:1-12:

And rising up from thence, he cometh into the coasts of Judea beyond the Jordan: and the multitudes flock to him again. And as he was accustomed, he taught them again. And the Pharisees coming to him asked him: Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. But he answering, saith to them: What did Moses command you? Who said: Moses permitted to write a bill of divorce, and to put her away. To whom Jesus answering, said: Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you that precept.

But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother; and shall cleave to his wife. And they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. And in the house again his disciples asked him concerning the same thing.

And he saith to them: Whosoever shall put away his wife and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if the wife shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

Our social liberal friends have told us for years that no-fault divorce is a wonderful thing. It has been so great for society. Deadbeat fathers, children born out of wedlock left and right, and a society which places so little value on matrimony that some have seen fit to try and redefine its very meaning. No one likes these words of Our Lord, but the Lord is very clear. People generally do not like to deal with this part of scripture because it is uncomfortable. Being honest about what Jesus said and meant in this passage places a great many people and most of American society under conviction.

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