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« Reply #27: October 25, 2007, 02:56:28 pm »

What does your faith say about divorce? For example, is there a religious component of obtaining a divorce or otherwise formally severing a relationship?  If so, what?  Does your faith discourage divorce? 

In greek Orthodoxy divorce is highly discouraged, and technically divorce is only allowed in the one case in which Jesus permitted it, that being adultery. However "adultery" has historically been intepreted not only as literal physical adultery, but in spiritual terms...adultery is the sin of giving oneself over to another, or in spiritual terms to another "thing" such as alcohol, drugs, work, control, pride, power over another etc....So divorces are granted in other cases such as abuse, neglect, etc... In any case "adultery" is the betraying the Mystery of the marriage ceremony in which 2 became one, thus severing the spiritual union.

Divorce is highly discouraged and only granted after extensive council...one must not only get a civil divorce according to secular laws, but also a Church divorce. Also the Church only permits a maximum of 3 marriages:

"The Order of the Second or Third Marriage is somewhat different than that celebrated as a first marriage and it bears a penitential character. Second or third marriages are performed by "economy" -- that is, out of concern for the spiritual well being of the parties involved and as an exception to the rule, so to speak."


Although not a part of any "official" teaching, there is a strong tradition and belief in "soul mates"....ie: God has one special person picked out for those who are called to be married...in the ancient Church one was only permitted to be married once because of this belief...even if the spouse dies, they are still married...the union is eternal in God and never ends. Married priests and their wives are still bound by this more ancient tradition.

Our wedding also have no vows, the 2 people getting married say nothing...(except when asked if they are doing this under their own free will) as marriage is from God, and not from man. Hence the idea of "soul mates", and the discouragement of divorce. (what God unites, let no man cut in two) 

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Does your faith specifically outline circumstances in which divorce is an optimal choice?

The only case I can see where it would considered prefered would be in cases of abuse of some sort. But even then, from a theological POV divorce is never optimal and is simply an outcome of fallen human nature. Divorce is always a last resort.


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