Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Abroad. Currently Arizona.
Re: Divorce, Remarriage, Christianity.
The scriptures you presented were all spoken in the context of teaching just how fallen we are.
The disciples were so use to a life where divorce was commonplace that when Jesus talked to them about how serious God views marriage that they said it was better to never marry because they could not conceive of a life without divorce.
Now taking the entirety of scripture into consideration, the goal of a Christian is to stop willfully sinning at some point and live righteously.
Jesus said that only those to whom it has been given can abstain from marriage, the rest of us should be married because we are horny and should be having lots of sex.
It isn't good to burn with passion.
So in asking the question "Should someone marry after divorce?"
It is certainly better than burning with passion and Jesus said that only those to whom it has been given should abstain.
If a divorce takes place, I guarantee that one or both parties are already pretty guilty of probably more than one sin.
Now you have also compared remarriage after divorce to alternative lifestyles.
Interesting stretch but I will address it.
I lived in sin for years before meeting my wife, so did she. Our sexual sin was no worse or greater than any poly or homo lifestyle or anything in between barring of course child rape which is in a class of evil by itself.
At some point we both decided to straighten up, repent of willfully sinning sexually and married each other. Until then, we were committing fornication/adultery/sexual immorality.
When we decided to marry we had been living together for 4 years and had a baby on the way. I had been one flesh with many women but never in a ceremony.
She had been with many men and had ceremonies twice.
BTW, she had her virginity raped away by a married man old enough to be her father so maybe her judgment was a little off after that?
So despite our vast history of sexual sin, we decided to repent and start living righteously as one man and one woman, forgiven and committed to living a righteous life.
If I had been in a poly relationship upon conversion, I'm not sure exactly what steps would be taken but to start walking in righteousness, I would have to, at some point, settle into a one man, one woman relationship being one flesh with only her.
God gave scripture on this subject to show us just how backwards we are.
That said, that is why we absolutely need Jesus and what he accomplished for us to live righteously.
Without him it doesn't matter what we do because we are all dirty with sin.
With Him, we can become clean and sanctified.
I technically had my virginity raped away as a child so my early life choices might have been impaired by poor judgement as well.
Good thing God is merciful and filled with grace.
He took my mess and made it a miracle.
He takes sewage and makes it pure enough to drink.
That is what we are without Him. Sewage, fit for nothing but throwing out.
Glad Jesus paid for me to be able to repent and receive forgiveness.