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THE LAWS OF GOD - #7.D.4
Tolerands Supplemental -DIVORCE AND MARITAL DISSOLUTION
God has set forth HIS Laws in the Holy Scriptures for ALL Mankind to
know--and obey (Proverbs 14:34 and Isaiah 60:12)!
7. THOU (you) SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY
.A SPECIFIC ADULTERY - Wife Defilement
This issue of the 7th Commandment was covered previously. See at:
.B General Adultery: MOSAIC TABOOS
SCRIPTURAL PERVERSIONS and Sex Crimes (PG)
This issue of the 7th Commandment was ALSO covered previously. See at:
LAW-7.B, above. *** PG Rated ***
.C TOLERANDS (PG-13)
This issue of the 7th Commandment was covered previously, as well.
See at: LAW-7.C.1, above. *** PG-13 Rated ***
7.D.3 TOLERANDS - DANCE AND RYTHMIC MOVEMENT
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7.D.4 Tolerands - DIVORCE AND MARITAL DISSOLUTION
God's basic attitude towards divorce is very clearly expressed in the
Holy Scriptures: FOR THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL, SAYS THAT
HE HATES PUTTING AWAY (divorce)! (Malachi 2:16) Or, just as
clearly: AND HE (Jesus) ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO THEM: HAVE YOU
NOT READ (in the Scriptures) THAT HE (God) WHICH MADE THEM AT THE
BEGINNING MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE AND SAID FOR THIS CAUSE SHALL A
MAN LEAVE FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED UNTO HIS WIFE--AND THEY
TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH! WHEREFORE THEY ARE NO MORE TWO, BUT OF
ONE FLESH. WHAT GOD, THEREFORE, HAS JOINED TOGETHER, LET NOT MAN PUT
ASUNDER! (Matthew 19:4-6).
Consequently, the Modern Pharisees of the Religious Establishment
try to claim that there is no divorce in God's Kingdom--and to make
people suffer through intolerable marital conditions. On the other
hand, the Modern Saducees listen too much to the wicked of the world
and think that divorce should be given for any little thing (to the
destablizing of the Family). So, wisdom suggests that there should be
a middle road. And, indeed, the Holy Scriptures make clear provisions
for divorce, as God, HIMSELF, may break a marriage bond, if the just
cause(s) that should allow it does occur. So, what are the causes or
situations where God would break the wedlock (and destroy the couple's
- ...a TOLERATED (Divorce Grounds):
- PERVERSION (Adultery):
the continued participation of either the man or the woman in any
of the Mosaic Taboos (which also excludes from fellowhship) is
justifiable grounds for divorce--but most especially the defilement
of the wife or specific adultery (Matthew 5:31-32; Mark 10:12;
Romans 7:2-3)--for then, their one-fleshed-ness is most clearly
- DISFIGUREMENT (Violent Abuse):
the loss of limb or member, OR the serious threat of loss of life,
OR repeated violent injury (poisoning?) indicating the potential
for the same, is more than justifiable grounds for divorce (Exodus
21:26-27; Proverbs 25:24; Malachi 2:14-16).
- APOSTACY (Idolatry):
the forsaking of the Faith under which the couple was united
(Apostacy) OR the taking up of Idolatry or Pagan Practices
(strange women), is more than grounds for divorce (I Kings 11:1-2;
Ezra 10:2-3; Jeremiah 3:8-9).
ceasing joint-cohabitation or leaving their home without regard to
a return, or directions to occupy until the travellor gets back
(I Corinthians 7:15-16). For desertion, see Alimony, below.
- BREACH OF SERVICE:
failure on the part of either spouse to maintain the terms of
their Marriage Agreement or Ketubah (Exodus 21:10-11; Isaiah
4:1). Usually, for the husband to fail to provide for the basic
necessities of life for his wife--food, clothing-shelter, and duty
of marriage (the chance to get pregnant)--unless stated otherwise
in their Ketubah or Marriage Agreement. (NOTE: it is to be
assumed that ill health or disability negates this duty of the
husband--and rather places it on the wife to help him in his
handicap: as the vow normally is in sickness and in health-for
richer, for poorer!)
the open and flagrant (or repeated) disobedience of the wife is
sufficient grounds for the husband to divorce her (Genesis 3:16;
- ...b NOT ALLOWED (Requirements):
if no just cause can be shown (see list above), to provide grounds
for the divorce (Deuteronomy 24:1; Matthew 5:32)--thus not to be
granted for any trivial excuse (Matthew 19:3-6).
if the proper grievance proceedure has not been used in an attempt
to settle the marital dispute (Matthew 18:15-17).
if a cooling off period or temporary separation has not been
pursued--for at least 7 weeks (I Corinthians 7:5, 10-11).
if the proper papers or documents have not been presented to the
Congregational Court for filing with the appropriate authorities
(Deuteronomy 24:1-2; Romans 7:2-3)--a copy of which is to go to
- ...c DIVORCE DISPERSEMENT AND DISTRIBUTION (Judgements):
the marital assets of the couple need to be provided for in the
Records (above) so as to clearly set forth who gets what. (And
from the Plague of Divorce besetting America today, some wisdom has
been gleened.) Thus the following rules for Our Realm:
- PROPERTY DIVISION:
Forfeiture property goes to the one deserving of it--the Bride
gets the Bride-Price if the husband is held guilty and the husband
gets the Dowry if the wife is judged guilty.
After that (or lacking that), named property goes to the
individual whose name is on the item.
Next, joint property or that which has both names on it (thus
it was acquired together) is to be equally divided, and sold if
need be, to give each their equal share. (EXCEPTION--see Desertion
under Alimony, below.)
Then, personal property or individual effects are to go with
the person who used them the most or who they were commonly held
to belong to (or be most likely associated with).
if there is any joint debt (bills in both names), then they are
both to pay equally for it to be removed. Whereas debts in their
own name are the responsiblity of the one who owes it.
Upon divorce, neither spouse has any rights to the other's
inheritance--and this includes Noble Title, or Priviledge, or
Family Lands. Moreover, inheritance is generally to be assumed
to go to the person of descent who receives it from their Family,
with it not belonging to the other spouse (unless provisions has
been made in the Marriage Agreement or Ketubah for it
distribution through the marriage).
- CHILD CUSTODY--FATHERS FIRST:
As the children of the couple are one of that Family's main
assests, their distribution must be provided for by God's Law.
According to the Holy Scriptures, as a man's children are his own
personal property (up until he dies), for they come from his own
loins (Genesis 46:26; Exodus 1:5; II Chronicles 6:9; Hebrews
7:5, 9-10) and are thus recorded in Patrilineal descent in the
Bible (Genesis 5:3-29, 10:1-31, 11:10-27; Matthew 1:1-17), the
choice to have the couple's children MUST be given to their father
FIRST. If he does not want them, then they may be given to the
mother. If she does not want them then the grandparents, in turn
(by priority--father's side first), may be allowed to chose to have
them. If no family comes forth for them, then they may be awarded
to the Realm and suitable adoptive parents provided.
(Previous children are to go with the spouse who brought them
into the marriage and had prior custody of them.)
(NOTE: For more on Our Realm's FATHER'S FIRST PRIORITY, see
the Articles in the MEN ISSUES Section
of Our Web Site.)
Disputes to this normal pattern of custody are to be brought
before the Congregational Court, and the preponderance of evidence
MUST be provided that the father (or custodian) is either
completely incapable or totally unfit to be the father of the
children, before any change in this set pattern of custody can be
made (I Kings 3:16-27).
upon occassion, Our Court may accept agreements of joint-custody,
where the time with the children is roughly divided equally
between the spouses (such as DIVIDE THE CHILD rule: where the
years remaining of the child's minority are divided in half, with
the wife getting the earlier years and the husband getting the
later years). Moreover, in such a case, neither side will pay
child support to the other, as both will share that burden in their
turn! (Unless, of course, one parent does not keep up their part
of this agreement.)
The non-custodian parent has the right to chose to visit the
children or not--or to have them come for short stays and
to visit their relatives. If this parent does not opt for
visitation, then the grandparents may request their rights to it.
(Normal visitation is for every other weekend AND every other
holiday or vacation--thus sharing the children between their
- CHILD SUPPORT:
The parent taking custody of the children also assumes the
responsibility to financially care for and provide for the
children. If the non-custodian parent wishes visitation, then
it is also expected that they contribute to the provisions for the
children--a tithe of their income (10-15%), until the child
reaches maturity (Age 20).
- ALIMONY (Spousal Support):
Upon divorce, each spouse becomes financially responsible for
their own support--EXCEPT,
a) if a man should completely desert the wife of his youth (or
she, him) for another (Exodus 21:10), see also Abandonment above,
he (she) is obligated to see to it that her (his) normal living
does not diminish or declines as little as is reasonably possible
(this will terminate upon her re-marriage);
b) OR one spouse should be incapicitated and unable to earn a
living, in which case a tithe (10-15%) of the other spouse's
income should be set to help sustain the disabled.
- ...d JURISDICTION:
The Laws of these documents, here, are for Our Future Realm, out
among the Stars.
But, for those who are merely members of Our Religious Society,
and under other governments (and subject to secular authorities),
need to agree to have their divorce handled by Our Congregational
Courts FIRST, before the matters are turned over to the secular
governmental authorities for finalization (I Corinthians 6:1-5)--or
have it so recorded in their Marriage Agreement or Ketubah (at the
beginning of the marriage).
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