In case you didn’t catch it, although I know that you’ve definitely read the post, there are a few comments added to my recent article Marriage and the Word. One interests me in particular because it is made by someone calling themselves J.D. To save you time:
Jesus had more to say than you give credit for. Matthew 5:27-32 documents His views on divorce and adultery rather forcefully and gives the impression He really did value marriage. Disagree with Jesus and state your reasons why but don’t misrepresent what He stood for.
He appears to be partially answering my post and partially answering the previous comment, claiming that Francois misrepresents what Jesus had to say about marriage and using as his argument the verses from Matthew. Again, to save you time:
27. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
28. But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
29. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
30. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
31. It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
32. 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.
J.D. says, in his comment that Jesus gives the impression that he values marriage, although I tend to read the whole rather differently, since it covers more adultery, fornication and the casting off of someone who is unworthy.
Anyone can quote selectively, that is what the Bible, for many people, is all about: a collection of quotations used to justify something which they wish to have justified but which they don’t necessarily understand themselves.
Let us take it a step further and check what Jesus really says – according to those quoting him – about marriage and here we can turn to Luke who writes that Jesus said, in answer to a question from the Sadducees:
34. And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:
35. But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage.
Now, I can’t claim to know how other people interpret this passage but, for me, it is a clear indication that Jesus did not support marriage and, indeed, clearly states that resurrection, the achievement of an afterlife in heaven, is only available to those who do not marry. For me a clear indication that Jesus did not support the institution of marriage.
Your move, J.D.
- Viktoria Michaelis.