The second installment of the series entitled ‘Seven Questions on Divorce & Remarrying’ answers the following questions:
Q.3: “May divorced people remarry?”
Q.4: “Does our original identity change when we become Christians?”
by Rev. Jeremiah Cheung
1. May those who had once been divorced remarry? Regarding this issue, Paul pointed out 3 different situations. The first situation is where both partners are Christians and Paul mentioned that there are two options, what are they?
2. According to the Word of God, Christians are not to divorce. But if they are already divorced and one party has already remarried, reconciliation is no longer possible. What do you think should be done?
3. If the unbeliever is not willing to divorce, the Christian spouse must not seek to divorce. If the unbeliever wants a divorce, the believer may let him/her go. After we become Christians, it may seem as if we are on the losing end because the response is not within our hands. Do you think this is reasonable? Why did God give such instructions?
4. After becoming a Christian, our identity does not change. Paul specifically used circumcision and slavery to explain this principle. How does this apply to marriage?
5. After becoming a Christian, our identity, work, human, racial, cultural relationships may continue as before if it has nothing to do with sin. But if our present situation (work, identity, etc.) involves sin, what are we to do as Christians? For example, if the business we are engaged in is related to idol-worshipping, should we continue the business? What is your opinion?