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Not Under Bondage: Biblical Divorce For Abuse, Adultery and Desertion

Paperback|Jan 2008
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Interpretation of the biblical texts on divorce and remarriage has been hotly contested and the debate is still very much alive Christian teaching on divorce and remarriage has varied widely. Under what circumstances does the Bible permit divorce? ...


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Interpretation of the biblical texts on divorce and remarriage has been hotly contested and the debate is still very much alive Christian teaching on divorce and remarriage has varied widely. Under what circumstances does the Bible permit divorce? May a divorced Christian remarry? Among those most hurt by the uncertainty and lack of consensus are Christian victims of marital abuse (otherwise known as domestic violence, battering, intimate partner abuse, family violence). Such people often think they must choose between two unpleasant alternatives: endure abuse, or face condemnation by God and church people for disobeying the Bible.

Not Under Bondage, written by a survivor of domestic abuse, explains the scriptural dilemmas of abuse victims, carefully examines the scriptures and scholarly research, and shows how the Bible sets victims of abuse free from bondage and guilt.

Some conclusions of Not Under Bondage are: The Bible distinguishes between "treacherous divorce" and "disciplinary divorce". - Disciplinary divorce is permitted by the Bible. This applies in cases of abuse, adultery or desertion, where a seriously mistreated spouse divorces a seriously offending spouse. - Treacherous divorce is condemned by the Bible. It occurs when a spouse obtains divorce for reasons other than abuse, adultery or desertion. - If the offending partner was sexually immoral, the Bible allows the non-offending partner to remarry. - If the offending partner abused, deserted or unjustly dismissed the other, and the offender has been judged to be "as an unbeliever", the Bible allows the mistreated partner to remarry.
- Publisher

The bible's teaching on divorce and remarriage has been interpreted in many ways. This poses a problem for the Christian community. When is divorce biblically permissible and when is it forbidden? And is remarriage ever permissible for a divorced Christian? The problem is particularly intense for Christian victims of marital abuse, who often believe they must choose between two unpleasant alternatives: endure abuse, or face condemnation by God and his church for disobeying the bible. Not Under Bondage, written by a survivor of domestic abuse, - explains the scriptural dilemmas of abuse victims - carefully examines the scriptures and scholarly research - shows how the bible sets victims of abuse free from bondage and guilt.
-Publisher

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Barbara Roberts

Barbara Roberts had a powerful revelation of Jesus' love in 1981 but for a long time had minimal biblical teaching and lingering confusion due to her former beliefs. She was sidetracked into other areas and did not get to church for nearly 14 years. Unaware that Christians should avoid marrying non-Christians, she married an unbeliever in 1989 and the couple had one daughter.The marriage gradually became abusive and she occasionally took refuge in a women's shelter. In 1994 she left her husband and started attending church and Bible study.That was when she became a professing Christian. Child custody was contested but eventually awarded to Barbara, with the husband granted access. After four years her separated husband made a profession of faith and they reconciled as a married couple. The abuse recurred and she separated for the last time in 1999, divorcing a few years after that.

Barbara is actively involved in educating the Christian community about domestic abuse.

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