Is a Christian free to remarry if their ex-spouse marries someone new?

We’re diving right in to today’s Q&A – does God allow for a Christian to remarry after their ex-spouse remarries somebody else?

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QUESTION: If two Christians divorce and then one of them pursues a relationship with another, is that Biblical adultery and therefore justifying the divorce after the fact and thus freeing the person from the marriage?

Answer: I didn’t make the rules, so don’t shoot the messenger. You’re asking a religious question while seeking a religious answer.

The key to this question is what was the reason for the divorce?

  1. Adultery, including pornography?
  2. Physical abuse that could lead to your death or could physically contribute to your death? (Ex: repeated concussion could lead to death.)
  3. Abandonment – as in the person literally disappears from your life to fake their own death and you honestly assume they’re dead, or conversely, throws you out onto the street in an attempt to cause you to die?

Nobody is allowed to try to cause their spouse to die to circumvent the Biblical prohibition against remarriage except in the case of the death of your spouse. Using murder as a loophole to have “permissible” sex with a new partner is in the running for the worst kind of sexual immorality.

Those aforementioned reasons are justifiable and Biblically sound reasons for divorce.


Now onto the second part of your question, is it adultery after-the-fact once two people are already divorced? For non-Christians, this question absolutely makes zero sense, but again, you’re asking a religious question while seeking a religious answer.

Let me guess, you got divorced for a non-Biblically permitted reason. Your ex-wife has gone and married another, so now you believe that you should be free from your marital bonds.

“But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” Matthew 5:32

Women had to be married if she was going to survive in society. Life was a group effort before the industrial age, and still is in many parts of the world today. Women needed to get remarried, even though this divorce would cause them to be adulterous.

Jesus was speaking to Pharisees – men. These “super extra ‘righteous’” Pharisees were forcing women into adultery because these men and women were trying to find loopholes in Jewish law that allowed them to sleep around. You’d “get married” to a woman on paper, sleep with her, then divorce her, rinse, repeat. This concept of a temporary marriage to circumvent what is really just premarital sex exists today in Islam and is called “Nikah mut’ah.”

There is no such thing as justification after-the-fact for your divorce. This is why even the apostles were taken aback by how strict Jesus was when it came to marriage and divorce.

“9 And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” 10 The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” Matthew 19:9-10

Did you marry a crazy person? Too bad. Is the person no longer attractive? Too bad. Did this person ask for a divorce even though you didn’t want one? Still too bad, which is why the apostles were so aghast!

Unless you reconciled with your spouse before either of you “became one flesh” with another (including through pornography) you must stay single or it will Biblically be considered adultery on your part. Once one spouse has been joined to another, you are never allowed to remarry that ex-spouse.

“then her former husband, who sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after she has been defiled, for that is an abomination before the Lord. And you shall not bring sin upon the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance.”Deuteronomy 24:4

Marriage and divorce are SERIOUS undertakings to God. It doesn’t matter what falliable human beings are doing, their sin doesn’t justify your sin. This is why you better know who you’re marrying and you better have a life and death reason for getting divorced, because God doesn’t play around.

God Himself is divorced, and is awaiting His new bride, the church. Did God divorce Israel every time she upset Him and didn’t uphold her part of the marriage covenant? No. God was long-suffering. That’s what Biblical marriage is a picture of today – God’s covenant with His people.

When did God get divorced? When Israel committed adultery.

“She saw that for all the adulteries of that faithless one, Israel, I had sent her away with a decree of divorce. Yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but she too went and played the whore.”Jeremiah 3:8

This is why God can’t rejoin Himself to His former bride Israel, but can only await for the Bride of Christ, the church, because the blood covenant, the engagement, was already made with us when Jesus went to the cross.


Unless you had a Biblically sound reason for divorce, even if your spouse left you high and dry, you are NOT allowed to remarry without it being adulterous on your part before God.

If you have already remarried after getting a Biblically unsound divorce, you are not to divorce your new spouse. You can’t undo adultery.

I didn’t make the rules, so don’t shoot the messenger.

Originally posted to Quora on June 11, 2018

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Let go of that hamburger! (Jesus already slaughtered your sacred cow.)

I received an intriguing question today on my YouTube channel, and I wanted to share it with you all.

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Chaulze Brown

“Three things
1.)Why did they (other than Isaiah) feel the need to get naked to prophesy? I do get why Isaiah did that and understand it was a sign specifically to warn the people of what humility and shame was to look like, what was to come, should the people to not chose rightly. But why did the other prophets strip off all their clothing? Back then the culture was so different. Everyone didn’t have their own showers. In this day and age too many are perverted or seriously twisted in some cult. Too many people equate nudity with pornography, etc, if it’s not at the pool, or the beach. And Christians today are very much the minority.

2.) In light of what has transpired on your channel since that fateful day😆, and the terrific bible study series that sprang out from the spiritual persecution you came under, would you consider it sound judgment to continue wearing your bikini top when it’s convenient for you, if during a time you’re heading out to go to the pool or another bikini party? I mean no disrespect by that question. Just curious, in light that on this video, you did state that one should really consider “who your audience will be”, while one is picking out an outfit… or something like that.😁 What ever you choose. Don’t ever let the legalists hurt you, while they’re just really hurting themselves!

3.) Who do you think your audience is when you record and finalize one of your YT videos?”

My response:

“1. The other prophets stripped because God was working through them. It was like when Moses was told to take off his shoes because he was on holy ground. When the Spirit of God falls upon you, it’s time to strip away the man-made bandages and just be present with God’s creation and His Spirit.

2. If I’m at the pool, I will keep wearing a bikini. If I’m at the store or gym, I’ll wear shorts. I’m not preaching to already saved people when I go out into the world, I’m trying to reach the unsaved. So often clothes are a barrier, a wall to relationships. If I’m covered up, I don’t want that to be a wall in my witness, as a memorial of judgment against a non-believer, where they feel like they can’t speak to me. If they feel that they’re already judged because of something as superficial as their appearance, how can we talk about the real issue – the heart?

3. My audience is dependent on the topic. The Holy Spirit sends the right people to the right videos. I didn’t come to preach to already saved people, but those who are unsaved – the people who think they’re saved because of their adherence to an arbitrary, artificial standard of behavior. Saved people don’t need saving – lost people need saving and that can only happen through the message of Jesus Christ. I’m here to remind people that Jesus has slaughtered every sacred cow, so they need to let go of the hamburger they’re holding onto.”


I’ve noticed so many people love me for what I have to say, that I tear down and mock the sacred cows of Churchianity – until it gets time to talk about their Bessie. That cow is sacred, and they leave me in their anger. It’s not my message – I’m here to remind everyone that there is not a single sacred cow that Jesus didn’t slaughter when He went to the cross and it’s time people let go of their hamburgers – that cow is already dead.

The Holy Spirit determines the audience and He will always send the right people to the right video. Not every video is meant for every person. Everyone is welcome to listen to the message, but they must recognize that it’s not always for or about them.

Don’t let your frankenburger get in the way of sharing the gospel with others, nor should you allow it to blind you to the fact that everyone is made in the image of God, and that they need to hear the message of Jesus Christ – that there is a King, with a Kingdom, and He is returning, so repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.

 

🌴 Did Abraham marry his sister Sarah?!

This question seems to come up fairly regularly for some reason – I assume most people believe that Abraham was committing incest by marrying his half sister. With something so disgusting and revolting as incest, it’s important to study the scripture to see what the Bible actually tells us what the relationship was between Abram (Abraham) and Sarai (Sarah.)

“27 Now these are the family records of Terah: Terah fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran fathered Lot.

28 Haran died during his father’s lifetime in the land of his birth, that is, in Ur of the Chaldeans.

29 Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah. She was the daughter of Haran, who was the father of Milcah and Iscah.” –Genesis 11:27-29

Haran most likely had 4 kids: Lot, Sarai, Milcah and Iscah. The Bible does not tell us their mom’s name.

Terah was the father of both Sarai and Abram in that he was the patriarch of the family. He was Abram’s father and Sarai’s grandfather.

It’s important to note that “In Ancient times, the word for ‘sister’ also means ‘cousin’ in Semitic languages. Aramaic word ‘Khtha’ can mean sister or cousin. I believe the intended meaning here was Cousin.” – Was the marriage between Abraham and Sarah incestuous?

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This content was originally posted to Quora April 2018.

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Hi everyone,

While YouTube is known for having the worst of the worst people participate in the comment section, these people will no longer have the privilege of participating on Crack Your Bible’s YouTube comment section.

Per usual, when it comes to topics about religion, you will ALWAYS have crazies coming out of the woodwork. Whether they’re preaching a new gospel (Black Hebrew Israelite, Jehovah’s Witness / Flat Earth/ etc) or twisting scripture (no makeup / women not allowed to teach / no profanity/ etc) there will always be people who are coming in to try to stir up dissension.

I have always had this piece of information on my about me page on YouTube:

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I am going to start doing a better job moderating comments after multiple subscribers have reached out to me over this past weekend, privately, to comment on how absurd some of the accusations and crazy doctrines are getting in my comment section.  Specifically, how these comments can confuse new Christians and those who are not Christians, who stumble upon the comments of people with ulterior motives. This cannot continue, especially as content creators have ZERO control over what the algorithm decides to highlight and promote in the comment section. 

Unfortunately, this happens on all channels, but I don’t want my comment section to be a haven for contentious people or those who twist scriptures.

If the comment is not on topic (questions, video suggestions and prayer requests exempt) or contains personal attacks, false accusations or promotes false doctrine, it will no longer be published.

There will now be a two strike rule – commenters who violate the rules will be banned from participation in the comment section of CrackYourBible indefinitely, effective immediately. 

-Rachel

Man ignores requests for address confirmation then complains when he doesn’t receive his prize.

You don’t receive prizes if you don’t answer your phone. The prize of salvation is no different.

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“Is it fair that God forgives the worst criminals as long as they repent at the very end of life but condemns a good and moral person who lives charitably toward others yet dies an unbeliever?”

Look at it like this:

There was a drawing for a giveaway and there are two winners. You just won one of the prizes. All you have to do is confirm your shipping address to receive your prize. By the way, you’re super fantastic, kind and charitable.

Now there’s also a criminal who also entered the giveaway. He also won. He also has to confirm his shipping address to receive his prize. It’s really an easy address – death row at the worst prison in the world.

As soon as the criminal receives the call, he stays on the line to confirm his shipping address, and it ships to him the same day (they’re using Amazon Prime apparently in this scenario.) Eventually he dies, but he still received his prize because he responded to and answered the call. He accepted his prize.

Once you’re informed that you won your prize, you hung up on the caller. They’ve called you back daily and you keep letting it go to voicemail because you’re not sure if the prize suits you and other days you just don’t care. One day, those calls will stop and it will be too late to claim your prize.

When the daily calls stop after years of ignoring the calls, texts and voicemails, you have the audacity to say the one who is trying to contact you is so unfair. Why? Because a criminal got a prize and you didn’t – nevermind he accepted his prize immediately and you ignored the daily calls to accept your gift, so it was left unclaimed when you suddenly died.

The prize of salvation has nothing to do with how good you are and 100% has to do with if you’re willing to answer the call and trust the one who calls you to receive your prize.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” – Revelation 3:20

Originally posted to Quora on April 10, 2018

Man complains God is too nice to dead babies

“But… but… that’s not fair! God is giving dead babies an unfair advantage over me!”

I can only imagine the eye-rolling going on in Heaven when God hears some of the absurd things that come from mens’ hearts in their ignorance.

I’ve noticed a strange trend – skeptics arguing not that God doesn’t exist, but that God is mean and unfair, one who doles out punishments and blessings on a whim. Interesting how a God who supposedly doesn’t exist is just a monster, supposedly, for letting too many dead babies into Heaven while we’re having to rep Jesus in enemy territory here on Earth. God is apparently the God of raw deals now.

This attitude is nothing new, and in fact, Jesus was dealing with people’s jealous foolery when He walked the earth. So let’s get in to today’s post:

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“Question for Christians: why do babies that die at birth get to enjoy heaven for eternity without having to do anything while the rest of us have to prove our worthiness for almost 100 years? It doesn’t sound to me like God treats everyone equally.”

  1. Nobody is worthy of being in God’s presence. Ever.

“10 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; 11 no one understands; no one seeks for God. 12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” – Romans 3:10-12

2. You don’t earn your salvation.

“8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9

But now onto the heart of your question, which is summed up as such:

“Why do dead babies get to kick back with God while I’m busting my back in the daily grind of life?”

You reason that these dead babies have a God-given unfair advantage over you. Morbid, but the Bible actually addressed this line of human reasoning.

You see, some believed that it was unfair that while they may have had to live that Christian life and deal with all the drama of not being apart of the pagan or secular or Jewish crowd, it was straight NONSENSE that other people could convert and be saved up unto the point of their last breath. Basically, these Christians thought, “How dare those lazy tricks get to go to Heaven too! Can’t God see how much more I’ve toiled for Him? They’re not worthy of God like I am.”

Per usual, rather than being after God’s own heart, man points to his works to justify himself before God, rather than pointing to the work of the cross.

God’s heart:

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9

Man’s heart:

“21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” – Matthew 7:21-23

So anyway, back to Jesus. Jesus addressed these people, these so-called Christians, who were beside themselves with jealous rage that… other people were getting to spend eternity with God. Yeah. Let that sink in – Christians are mad that other people aren’t going to be thrown into the Lake of Fire.

Jesus’ response:

Jesus’ face when Christians are mad that other Christians get to go to Heaven.

Jesus responded to this attitude with a parable. We’ll jump into the middle of this parable for time’s sake:

“6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ 8 And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ 9 And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 10 Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. 11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, 12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first last.” Matthew 20:6-16

We serve a generous God. God absolutely treats you equal in that if you had died a baby, you too would have immediately gone to Heaven. Your accusation against God is akin to this:

Let’s say you were gifted a pair of shoes and another person also receives the exact same style, brand and size shoes that you were given. You wear your shoes and they become worn from years of daily use.

Now the other person returns the shoes to exchange them for a different, better pair within the store’s window of time for returns and exchanges, with the gift receipt.

Years later, when it comes time for new shoes, you can’t return or exchange your worn out shoes. The return and exchange period ended years ago for your shoes. You accuse the store of giving the other customer unfair, preferential treatment because they were able to exchange their shoes and you can’t.

Now that your return and exchange period has passed and you’re at the point where it would cost you to receive new, better shoes, you are angry. Nevermind that if you had exchanged your shoes during that window of time, you would have also received the better pair.

Those shoes are our bodies and the better pair are our glorified bodies. Both are a gift to you. If you haven’t reached the age of accountability at the time of your death, you are within the return and exchange period, so to speak. God applies this equally – it’s not as if babies born of only Christian parents go to heaven – all babies go to Heaven.

God has given you the gift of life and you have received what was promised to you. Don’t falsely accuse God of favortism for His goodness and generosity towards… dead babies.

Originally posted to Quora on April 9, 2018

God’s Majesty in the Everyday

“What’s that?!” “Is that a fire?! It has to be a fire!”

My husband and I were walking home from the grocery store, RedBox DVD in hand. The biggest moon I had ever seen was rising above the treetops and peeking above the shadowy houses of our neighborhood.

“We need to put this food in the freezer” my husband said as he beckoned me to follow him back to our house. I had skipped past our street hoping to get a better view of the biggest, most orange moon I had ever seen in my life. Frantically, I texted my sister, “go outside right now and look at the moon! It’s insane!”

I quickly put away the food. “Can we try to get a better picture of the moon? My camera isn’t very good. Could we try your camera please?” We took off down the street but it was too late – the moon had risen high above the houses, perched in a milky yellow haze.

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The poor shot of this awesome moon, from my phone. March 5, 2018
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Better shot of the moon, with my husband’s phone, but not at all doing any justice to the moon I saw with my naked eye. March 5, 2018.

Fresh off a trip from St. George, I was extra sensitive to noticing the natural beauty of God’s creation. This moon was awesome!

Delivering blood to the hospital in St. George, Utah was my favorite part of my last job. It was so unexpected, and the best part was that no matter the time of day, I felt so excited to spend quite time with God. No longer under the oppression of the humming refrigerators that assaulted my ears, and the sickly fluorescent lights that made me feel nauseous, I was free to take in all the beauty of God’s creation, the best being the most expensive stretch of rural interstate in the US  – the Virgin River Gorge.

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Passenger side view of the Virgin River Gorge while driving home.  Taken from a moving vehicle, with the same phone that poorly shot the moon. March 4, 2018

If an emergency order came in too late at night I was in for a real treat. While I’d have to be extra cautious in the gorge, I knew that the long stretches of I-15 would allow me a quiet show of the most spectacular stars I never get to see under the bright lights of Vegas. I always felt a connection to King David writing his Psalms about God’s beautiful handiwork written in the sky. He saw the same constellations that danced across the night sky surrounding the car I so cautiously drove as I gawked out the windows.

God’s creation is so beautiful, so awe inspiring, but with our artificial light-filled night skies, our air conditioned rooms and our solitary commutes, we overlook the beauty around us – the sound of birds, the changing phases of the moon and God’s provision with every new flower that blooms.

With that said, I’d like to share an old Yelp.com review that I wrote in 2010 for an event I went to for both the Titanic and Bodies exhibits. The same feeling I felt seeing the moon, marveling at the jurassic-like peaks of the gorge, and picking out Orion’s belt – I felt as I viewed the intricacies of the human body on display at the Bodies exhibit. I am also including a video of a smaller Bodies exhibit that I attended with Yelp.com in 2017, in case you’ve never had the chance to see what these exhibits are all about.

I started, like everyone else, I’m sure, at the Titanic exhibit. I love to read everything, from the back of shampoo bottles to merriam-webster.com; naturally, I’m going to be the slowest one in the group, because I wanted to read every placard. Any that I didn’t have time to read, I photographed – many I read and photographed.

Upon entry to the exhibit, everyone was given a boarding pass with a ticket of a real person aboard the ship, detailing the information about where they are going, with whom and what class they were aboard, etc. At the end, I was frantically rooting for Mrs. Stephen Hold (Annie Margaret Hill) and her husband Stephen Hold to make the 2nd class survivor list.

Going throughout the experience, and trying to put things into a human perspective; trying to imagine how scared they must have been made it truly heartbreaking to see that although Mrs. Hold survived, Mr. Hold did not. I can’t imagine how utterly crushing her experience was and I was actually holding back some tears. These are real people, who lived lives just like we all do – they felt sadness and fear, love and happiness.

It’s so difficult to imagine the sadness and loss felt by those who lost friends and family in that tragedy. Thankfully, a tour guide at the end, told me that unlike the movie, the 3rd class passengers were not locked down below deck, they were just down there too long to have any chance to be rescued.  Not to give away any of the stuff learned, but wow, the fact that the Captain had to be convinced after retiring to make this his last voyage just sucks. Life just kicks you in the face some times.

After going through the gift shop and getting my double sided squished penny (they charge a DOLLAR rather than $.50 for a squished penny!) I saw the toothpaste jar! When I saw the cherry toothpaste jar during the exhibit, I noted in my head to look out for one the next time I went to an antiques store, and Voila! They had $10 replicas in the gift shop. I passed on it and Bill and I headed over to the Bodies exhibit.

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If you dislike references to God in the Judeo-Christian religion or anything pro-life, skip on to the next review.
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Body scandal aside (because nobody agrees that China, killing people off, for no good reason, is a positive thing.)

Absolutely stunning exhibit. Every time I learn more about the world and people through science, the more I fall in love with God. In Psalm 19:1, King David (from the story of David and Goliath) wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God;  the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” Basically, it means that when you look outside, we can see what God has created – it’s all around us. Going through the exhibit, all that was going off in my mind was how amazing God’s handiwork is. The intricacy of the human body is beautiful – He is a top notch engineer. Church groups should definitely come to this exhibit – it’s extremely moving to feel and see God through His design in places such as… well, the middle of a casino exhibit in Las Vegas, of all places. By far, the most breathtaking room was the cardiovascular room – we’re so complex and I can’t even put into words how I feel when I see this. Just, I’m in awe of our design and execution.

I went to see the baby room and it was sad. I wondered about how the parents felt losing their babies – all the excitement and hopes for these little people just… Woosh! Snuffed out before their time.

If anybody has any qualms as to whether a baby is a person in utero, they should come see this exhibit. At 35 days gestation – barely even a month, when most women are just figuring out they’ve missed their period, these little babies, who are recognizably human, are already breathing and their tiny hearts pumping. This isn’t some pro-life rhetoric, this is what I saw and read in this exhibit. Like it is written on the wall in the gift shop, “Seeing is believing;” and seeing this exhibit, you realize that despite all the claims Americans hear of “just being a clump of cells” they’re anything but. I would guess that’s the reason a lot of people have a problem with this room, even if these babies weren’t necessarily birthed, it’s sad to see tiny little people in jars. This exhibit is something I would suggest to anybody who wanted to debate the “when does life begin” argument.

Absolutely fantastic exhibits. Not just a bunch of facts, but history and science come alive. I smiled, I held back tears, I had my breath taken away. Both tragic, yet brimming with information. – Yelp.com  Originally posted 12/19/2010