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Series: The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached
1. THE LAW'S DESCRIPTION OF DIVORCE
a) The Perfect Will of God
b) The Permissive Will of God
2. THE LIBERAL'S DEBASEMENT OF DIVORCE
a) Misinterpreting the Law
b) Misapplying the Law
3. THE LORD'S DEFINITION OF DIVORCE
a) A Reason for Divorce
b) A Restriction on Divorce
In a USATODAY.com article, David Popenoe, a sociology professor at Rutgers University and a co-reporter of the The State of our Unions 2005, an annual report issued by the National Marriage Project of Rutgers, stated: ''The United States has the weakest families in the Western world because we have the highest divorce rate and the highest rate of solo parenting.''
The article entitled ''Divorce is declining, but so is marriage,'' stated that the divorce rate in the United States is 17.7 per 1,000 married women, which is down from 22.6 in 1980. Divorce rates being down may sound encouraging, but the article explained that the decline is due to a decline in the marriage rate and an increase in cohabitation. 1
According to the New York Times and the National Center for Health Statistics, the proportion of marriages taking place right now, roughly 40% will eventually end in divorce.2
According to the Online Lawyer Source, the most common causes for divorce are poor communication, financial problems, a lack of commitment to the marriage, a dramatic change in priorities, and infidelity. 3
As we continue looking at the greatest sermon ever preached-the Sermon on the Mount-we see that Jesus talked about divorce. In verse 20 Jesus said, ''That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.'' Then he proceeded to give six examples of how the righteousness of the citizens of the kingdom is to exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees.
In verses 21-26, in His fir ...
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