The marriage was neither a civil nor a religious matter, but numerous religious obligations came as a result.Marriage was instituted by God as a lifelong commitment (Genesis -24, Matthew 19:3-9, 1 Timothy 4:1-5).Our Lord's questioners responded by asking why Moses commanded that one give his wife a bill or certificate of divorce.Jesus made it very clear that Moses never commanded divorce; he permitted it because of the hardness of men's hearts (Matthew 19:7-8). In a sinful, fallen, world, divorce is a pragmatic way of dealing with broken relationships.Click here to read the follow-up article 7 Mistakes Single Christian Men Make With Relationships.There are many single Christian women out there simply frustrated with the process of dating and relationships.Jesus responded that the divorce should be governed by God's original intent for marriage, and not by the culture of the day.
As far as is known, there was no exchange of marriage vows, and our commonly used marriage vows do not come from the Bible.
The question they had for Jesus was, "Could one divorce for any and every reason?
" This seems to be the same attitude we see in our own day.
Does this mean that holding hands and a kiss is out of the question? I think we all understand that showing affection is a good part of dating.
But just like drinking alcohol, your body tells you when you need to stop so you need to listen to those signals and not let things get carried away. They are for the purpose of revealing – when the time is right.