We have seen how the Christian fanatic Cerbie/Paulus tends to use secular ideals in his interpretation of certain Christians beliefs and practices. He tries to deceive people with his personal interpretations and dismisses the views of traditional Christians when they contradict his opinions (i.e. they are “fringe groups”). He has claimed that his views are based on the “example of Christ and the church” when it comes to marriage and divorce. So let us look at the “example” of the early Christians, specifically the church fathers. What were their views on marriage and divorce?
One thing they all share in common is the unanimous prohibition of any Christian man marrying a divorced woman, while her divorced husband is still alive:
Justin Martyr –
“According to our Teacher, just as they are sinners who contract a second marriage, even though it be in accord with human law, so also are they sinners who look with lustful desire at a woman.”
Clement of Alexandria –
“That Scripture counsels marriage, however, and never allows any release from the union, is expressly contained in the law: ‘You shall not divorce a wife, except for reason of immorality.’ And it regards as adultery the marriage of a spouse, while the one from whom a separation was made is still alive.”
“Just as a woman is an adulteress, even though she seem to be married to a man, while a former husband yet lives, so also the man who seems to marry her who has been divorced does not marry her, but, according to the declaration of our Savior, he commits adultery with her.”
“Neither can it rightly be held that a husband who dismisses his wife because of fornication and marries another does not commit adultery. For there is also adultery on the part of those who, after the repudiation of their former wives because of fornication, marry others.”
So, it’s clear that divorce is definitely not allowed except in cases of marital infidelity. But what about marital abuse? As it turns out, Christian law does not allow the breaking of the marriage, but will force an abused spouse to remain legally married to the abuser. The writings of the church father Jerome make this clear:
“Do not tell me about the violence of the ravisher, about the persuasiveness of a mother, about the authority of a father, about the influence of relatives, about the intrigues and insolence of servants, or about household [financial] losses. So long as a husband lives, be he adulterer, be he sodomite, be he addicted to every kind of vice, if she left him on account of his crimes, he is her husband still and she may not take another.”
So notice that the woman has no right to divorce her husband, even if he is violent, but even when he commits adultery! There is no way out for a woman in a Christian marriage.
Not only that, but a man can divorce his wife and send her away simply on the suspicion of adultery. No proof is needed! Once again, Jerome enlightens us:
“Wherever there is fornication and a suspicion of fornication, a wife is freely dismissed. Because it is always possible that someone may calumniate the innocent and, for the sake of a second joining in marriage, act in criminal fashion against the first, it is commanded that when the first wife is dismissed, a second may not be taken while the first lives.”
So, there is the Christian logic that we all know about. Since mere suspicion is enough to divorce one’s wife, the law prohibits the man from taking a second wife because he may have made up the charges against the first wife in order to dissolve the marriage! Wouldn’t it have been better to not allow a man to divorce his wife simply on the suspicion that she committed adultery instead of actual evidence? This is why Christianity is not a rational religion. Christians in the west have tried to pull wool over people’s eyes by creating the illusion that Christian laws and secular laws are similar, but they are lying.