About Divorce

The only cause could be unfaithfulness.
Only because of such awfulness.
Otherwise he will be held guilty,
for cause of her adultery.
Because if she marries again,
the man who will, her attain,
he commits adultery too.
That is how Matthew construes.

If that man marries another,
against the first number, 
adultery against his original spouse,
the mastered woman of the house.
This is as per the book of Mark.
Minces no words, appears stark.

A man who divorces and remarries, commits adultery.
As per the gospel of Luke, this is my discovery.
And the man who marries the divorced woman,
commits adultery too, for him too - no buffer, no cushion.

I understand this is a controversial subject.
Not intended to hurt or disrespect.
Just like.... I used to lie all the time.
Lying's not right; to tell you that, I have the spine.
I could have my reasons and be doing it at gunpoint,
But a lie is still a lie, not here to pinpoint.
A lie does not become the truth,
However reasonable, even if it should.

It could be a good option.
Could even be right by conscience.
But a lie cannot be converted to the truth.
Just like a wise old man cannot be called a youth.
To each his own; but I'll explain why.
Individual cases, please visit your pastor nearby.
This poem does not aim to judge or condemn.
But a reminder of the sanctity of those vows solemn.

Let's begin with what you've already heard.
No longer seperate beings, that title conferred.
No longer two, but one.
For reasons listed, cannot be undone.
Joined by Spirit into one flesh.
Think wisely, if this concept you detest.
In the beginning, God made them both male and female.
He Himself concocted and ordained this cocktail.

What God has joined together,
no one can put asunder.
Because nobody cuts through what is fortified by blood,
not even the deceiver pretending to be a stud.
A Christian marriage is a sacrament.
Beyond legality, a fortified covenant where God is present. 
When you drink from the cup of the blood of Jesus,
you fortify the covenant; do you comprehend the genius?
The blood of the new and everlasting covenant,
is stronger than any legal document.
A chord of three strands is not easily broken.
But do you remember the third, or is He forsaken?

Still joined in the flesh if you divorce and remarry.
Hence, in the spirit realm still considered adultery.
The vows state 'till death do us apart.'
The moment to think was before reciting them, sweetheart.
You're up until death.
Even if you have a few regrets.
But if you understand it correctly,
it can work to your benefit especially. 

God knows we are all incompatible.
And friction between couples can become flammable.
There's nothing God hasn't already seen.
He watches everything on a big screen.
Even addiction, abuse, adultery. 
Upbringing differences, finances, extended family.
Marriage is like a school.
Just one arrow, honing two jewels.
You learn to tolerate, love and respect.
Despite every flaw, fight, difference and defect.

Today, a lot of couples split because they're unhappy.
That is the self-centered reflection of humanity.
Because love is not self-seething; it is patient and kind.
It lies in giving and sacrificing and even being deaf or blind.
God is encouraging you to practise agape love.
In forgiveness and sacrifice, with grace from above.

A Catholic church will only grant you an annulment. 
That means proving the marriage never really happened.
Because no one can break what God has joined,
unless it was never joined, not spiritually intertwined.
The church permits a physical seperation at times.
But never a divorce or anything on those lines.
You can be legally divorced and that's fine by law.
But in God's eyes, from the truth, that's far.

If a legally divorced Catholic enters into a second civil marriage,
Unable to contravene God's union, hence not recognized by the church, discouraged.
Oh, God's not a sadist; He doesn't want you to be unhappy.
Practicing agape love melts even hardened hearts, do you savvy?
God is love; and when He's around,
every infirmity is made sound.
God Himself instituted marriage,
selfless love, to teach this message.

-RUELHA 
www.ruelha.com 
(Inspired by Matthew 5:32) 
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This poem is not intended to hurt, judge, condemn or criticize any person or group. I understand there are a lot of intricacies involving a marriage and divorce can happen to just about anybody. I firmly believe if we are outsiders, we must be accepting and loving towards all, including divorced couples, remarried couples, homosexuals etc. That is the greatest commandment afterall. A second, third, fourth, subsequent marriages would be considered adultery in the eyes of God just as fornication is considered a sin. More than half of the population indulges in sex before marriage. That does not make it right though. It does not make it more acceptable than adultery. Just like the example I have in the poem, the wages of sin, all sin, any sin is death, spiritual death. That means even a lie, maybe a white lie… that too causes spiritual death. Judgement is reserved for God alone. Whether a lie is worse or adultery is worse, that’s His decision, not ours. Whoever hasn’t sinned may cast the first stone. But fortunately, we live in a time of grace. God has already paid the price for every imaginable sin. So now, every sin is redeemable by grace. That does not mean we abuse grace. Grace is not a license to sin or stagnate in sin. It is the reason we attempt to pursue a better path, God’s light…. which may seem difficult but He gives us His holy grace.

It is my desire to study the four gospels. Writing poems helps me put some thought into it thereby making it fun to learn and remember. I was stuck on the book of Matthew for years and never really completed more than the first five chapters until I began writing ‘the Matthew Series‘. Now, I’m revising the contents of the book of Mathew by writing another series of poems titled ‘Inspired by Matthew‘. This one will not be as comprehensive as ‘the Matthew Series’ and may not be in an orderly sequence. This particular poem is the 14th in the series. I recommend reading the actual Bible because it’s a whole lot better than my poems. I’d be overjoyed if anyone out there would like to be part of this experience and go through the book of Matthew with me. I hope you enjoy reading each piece as much as I did writing them. (First image credit:studioveil.com) .

15 Comments

    1. Thanks Preeths….you’re very kind….as you’ve always been 🎀😍🎀😍🎀😍🎀….
      Maybe someday ….not a bad idea…could be fun 🤩🤩🤩🤩🎀🎀🎀🤩🤩🤩

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    1. Brother Den, thanks for taking the time out to read and comment on this poem. I really appreciate it. You are right, one must gather as much information is accessible to them if they intend to study the subject. I did read similar literature before as well and have read extensively on this topic because it is a very fascinating topic and I was always intrigued because of its controversial nature. I realised that different denominations have different views about divorce and remarriage. I usually put up a brief note or a disclaimer for controversial topics such as this one😅🙃😂making it clear that I am not a pastor/clergy/theologian/ doctorate. I am just a lay person. I was born and brought up by staunch Roman Catholic parents although I identify myself more as a Christian than Catholic because I attend all kinds of Christian prayer services and write material for pastors from other denominations too. I have read the arguments from both sides and the scriptures pertaining to them too. I am not in any position to judge. But this is the interpretation I choose to stand by for a variety of reasons that are probably influenced by my Catholic roots. At the end of the day after reading all the data I get from all the sources, I try to discern and base it all on what I feel in my heart. I’m not arrogant. I could be wrong. And I hope to have a direct revelation from the Spirit about many such topics….but until then I’ll follow the Catholic perspective. That being said, the Pope has never been my focus. I prefer to look at scriptures first, not doctrine and disagree with Pope Francis’s recent stance on certain issues. But like I mentioned in my poem….to each his own. I didn’t write this to condemn or hurt anyone. I requested readers who found themselves in such a conundrum to contact their nearest pastor for better judgement and clarification regarding their individual case. Many of my friends and family members themselves are divorced but I have never probed or attempted to intervene/influence in any way because that’s not my place. But if I were to find myself in such a pickle, I am likely to consider these verses and interpret it the way I did in this poem. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share your thoughts on the subject. I sincerely appreciate it.
      Have a beautifully blessed evening…🎀💐🎀💐

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  1. I second Offshorewriter’s suggestion. I am ready to stand in line, even pay a premium for an autographed copy.
    Your poetry is such a unique, interesting and fun way of connecting to scripture. It also allows for deeper thought with a different perception of the material. I’ll bet you can make even Leviticus seem fun to read.
    Thank you for yet another excellent post.

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    1. Wow gldn2th ….that’s too much of a complimemt….I really don’t know how to react …thank you so much for your extremely kind words. I’m so glad you are able to connect with scriptures through them and get the real essence that was originally intended.
      Oh dear….Leviticus is rocky terrain….maybe someday🙏🏼😅🤭😂🙏🏼…
      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment…..and making my day💐🎀🤩💐🎀🤩 I’m so glad you like this post.
      Have a beautifully blessed day 💐🎀💐🎀💐🎀💐🎀

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      1. I am thinking, that someday, a new version of the bible could come out to reach more people; the NRV (New Ruelha Version). It would be, as your current posts are, true to the original intent of scripture, but in a language more engaging for a broader audience; the ones who find the bible intimidating.
        I know I am thinking big here, way outside the box even, but I also know you are the one who could do it, if you chose to.

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        1. Wow that is very flattering indeed. Thank you gldn2th. But I am really ill-equipped to handle such a magnanimous task. 😅😅🙃🙃I would not be able to do justice to the wealth that is contained within the Bible. It has definitely been fun and very motivating to study and write these scripture based poems. Thank you so much for reading these poems …and your very kind comments.🎀💐🤩🙏🏼🎀💐🤩🙏🏼🎀🤩💐

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