As Christ preached to the inhabitants of Galilee, those who listened heard him offer a new way of looking at things – a new testament. One such new reality was his take on divorce. In his time, divorce was acceptable, if not required, based on the interpretation of verses in Genesis.
Based on that interpretation, it was perfectly acceptable for men (not women) to divorce. It was especially warranted if a man’s wife was barren. Jewish interpretation of Genesis (be fruitful and multiply; . . . and they become one flesh) to mean that sex should only happen if procreation is possible. No position that would not facilitate procreation was acceptable. And if one’s wife was barren, taking an additional wife, or divorce, was necessary to assure that one was “fruitful and multiplied”. Christ took the verses of Genesis and, as was his nature, turned them upside down.
In Matthew 19:4-6, Christ gives his take on divorce by stating that the one “who made them from the beginning,” made them male and female and that “the two shall become one. So they are no longer two, but one. What God therefore has joined, let no man put asunder.” This statement was shocking and completely unexpected by the Pharisees, those asking Christ about divorce.
Here then, is another example of Christ trying to show the world that the Old Testament is just that – old; and that he offers a new testament about God.
Additionally, there is another message in his statement about marriage. It’s a symbolic statement of the need to be both male and female – “of one flesh” – to reach God’s spiritual realm. One must move past the duality of male/female. Too much “maleness” denies the feminine side of spirituality. Too much “femaleness” denies the male side. One must aspire to be both in spirit. Being separate from the Divine creates the duality. Moving back to God requires the destruction of that duality. This concept is very similar to what Paul writes to the Galatians. He states that there is no difference between Jew and Gentile, between free man and slave, between male and female. “For ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Philadelphia area Christian mystics know that to enter the Divine’s spiritual realm, one must be male and female – a non-dualistic, complete spiritual being. And the only way to do that is to go within one’s self and work to bring about spiritual maturation.
Interested in learning more about mysticism? The Center of Light Philadelphia holds classes on An Introduction to Meditation and Christian Mysticism on Sundays at 12:30 pm and the Tree of Life classes, helping one to learn of the unfolding of the soul alchemically, on Thurdays at 7:30 pm.
A special course called Your Contract With God, will be held tomorrow (Saturday, June 19th) at 10:00 am. In this course, you will learn how to find out what God expects of you.
Center of Light Philadelphia
824 Glenside Avenue
Kabbalah Bnei Baruch Philadelpia holds weekly classes on the Zohar on Sundays at 8:00 am and on Wednesdays at 8:00 pm.
Kabbalah Academy of Philadelphia
73 H Buck Road
Huntington Valley, Pa
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Scott Knutson is the author of “Thursdays With Death: How the Angel of Death Taught a Man About Spiritual Life, the Truth About Death, and the Importance of Krispy Kreme(R) Doughnuts”