Do we prevent somebody being hurt by superstition or faith by rejecting and challenging those things? 

Is it mistaken to support organised religion in membership or donations?

If people do good because they are human, not because God prompts them then is it right to risk giving God any credit when they alone own their good?

 


Jesus on divorce - merely divorcing causes adultery

Jesus said divorce is adultery. He told the Jews to uphold that teaching which meant, “Stone divorcing people to death.” He knew they upheld the right to murder. Jesus is said to have permitted divorce for pornea but we must not lose sight of the fact that nobody says he commanded divorce. The commands about reconciliation still rule out divorce as a solution. It puts a limit on divorce that does not differ much from a complete ban. The gospels are clear that reconciliation must go to what most people would see as an insane level. Notably in that light, Jesus would not support anybody divorcing because they wanted out of a heterosexual marriage to live as gay or lesbian!

In the Matthew Gospel, Jesus according to the New American Bible translation says, "But I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery." The idea that if she is divorced with her consent or without it, the man is still to blame for her adultery. The interesting thing is logic says she need not marry again and what happens after is her responsibility not the man's. Yet Jesus judges him as causing adultery. This would imply that if abortion or same sex marriage or divorce are sins then if you vote in a government that protects these things you are as much to blame as the people having abortions and so on. The reference to the marriage being unlawful is best understood as saying, "If you divorce your wife and she was married before and her husband is still alive that is not making her commit adultery."

It should be noted that divorcing somebody is not making them commit adultery.  An answer is that Jesus redefined breaking a marriage as adultery and betrayal and as bad as going off with a new partner.  It would mean that separation is a sin.