Sunday, October 18, 2009

Necessary Addendum to Divorce

Dr Bessong,

Thanks a lot and sorry for the late reply. Usually weekends are the days I use to write my articles but since the past two weeks we have been involved with many conferences and ceremonies, I have not had the time. Nonetheless, I will run through those questions. Let me divide your concerns into three groups: ABC.

Group A. TV Pastor, Geno Gennings of PA, in very strong words condemneddivorcees getting remarried. He described the act of any divorcee remarrying as adulterous and sinful. The verses you have just quoted are in total contradiction to what this other holy man of God, Geno, is preaching.

I am not for Divorce! It has been a long tradition for the church to claim that the Bible is against divorce. True it is but it gives exceptions and those exceptions are if there is infidelity or abandonment as exposed in my previous article.

Think for a minute; who keeps a contract when the other signee abdicates? Which is that country that keeps a peace deal if the other partner abandons it? Isn’t it natural to understand that marriage being a contract warrants the participation of both covenanters?

I don’t know in what style I should present the fact that if you commit infidelity in a marriage you break the covenant and are considered dead because marriage is a bond in blood sexually administered. When you abandon your marriage you tacitly have abandoned the bond and are considered spiritually dead though living. And in a covenant, only the living partakes. But since you are dead then you have no part in the covenant, and the living party is free to reenter into another covenant without it being digamy.

I am not trying to justify the unjustifiable, but I am presenting the facts and correlation for the layman to reason through and make a choice. The verses we quote have for a long time been used without any hermeneutical or morphological application. And even when used most have mixed up their inherited theology without attempting to make a horizontal interpretation. If we stay where we are with those verses then the Bible is very contradictory and if it is contradictory how can it be infallible and authentic to lead the lost sinner into the right path? But no, the Bible is not fallible; it is the absolute truth. The reason why the bible could put doubts into the minds of people is that many do not take time to read it; they parrot it as traditionally transmitted by either their pastor or mission.

As a young high school student I read the Bible for three hours everyday, prayed for one hour every day, and fasted three days a week with no food and only water. Those were my formative days and that is when I formed my theology.

Group B
I have also noted that there is no set or standard translation of the bible. This, in a way, could put some doubts in the minds of many.

The presence of many translations does not mean different information. There are three major types of translations: literal, dynamic equivalent and free or paraphrase translation. Though there are many manuscripts they all correlate with the Septuagint and the Dead Sea Scrolls. If a man while dying wrote a will that he left to his four kids. After his death and many years after those kids showed up with the same will though from different sources would that make the will contradictory simply because it came form different children?

Group C
My questions: Could we use both the old and new testaments to support the present?

The Bible is divided into two parts: the Old Testament and New Testament. The Old Testament was an antitype and not the archetype of the New Testament (Hebrews 8:5; 7; 9:16; Hebrews 10:1). The former was a shadow of the latter. Therefore, both are necessary for the understanding of the tenets in the Bible. They do not contradict each other; rather they complement.

Finally, I want you to understand that while on earth, we all see in a blurred vision with many blind spots. Therefore, the glasses I use to see the world are not the only glasses that humanity must use to see because “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known”.
Until then, stay blessed.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk).
Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk).

Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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