Matthew's exceptive clause and divorce: through an analysis of Frank Russo's life.

Ben Scott - June 09, 2015.

Matthew's exceptive clause is problematic for the rest of the New Testament, because it implies that divorce is possible only for fornication, whereas the rest implies that divorce is impossible. However, the very fact that it uses the word for "fornication" as opposed to the word for "adultery", shows that this is dealing with the very specific case of "un-chastity". This would of course relate to when the bride-to-be passes herself as a virgin, and the husband finds out that she's been lying about it, on the wedding night! Of course the husband should be well within his rights to divorce her for her dishonesty! This has been outlined by some Bible scholars... however, they have always applied the proviso that the divorce should be immediate, and this could be thought of as a parallel to the saying of Moses, that one could put a wife away for an "uncleanness".

However, what if in the lead-up to the marriage, she has told her husband the cock-and-bull story, that she had an injury whilst playing "elastic" at school and that her mother knew the facts! But years after the marriage, the husband finds out that she had sex with her father, who used to take her to R-rated movies, as well as with one of her brothers (with the latter from about 5 years of age to her teen-age years); and he only finds some of these things out because she had told a neighbour! He of course then remembers that on his wedding evening, her family had tried to get him drunk, and the brother in question had given him a magnum bottle of champagne to take away as they went to the motel for the night... not to mention that the bride claimed she was too shy, and would not let him look at her genital area.

Of course there maybe other shocking revelations that he may learn! Such that she was offered up as sacrifice so that the rest of the family could prosper! Also that she was involved in a demonic sťance where a girl died under mysterious circumstances! And furthermore constantly bashes her husband because she's 'sick in the head'!

He may, in this case decide that he can avail himself of Matthew's exceptive clause and divorce his wife. He may also have a breakdown due to all the stress involved, and may have made some bad decisions!

As you can see from the foregoing, I'm sure that Matthew's exceptive clause, can be stretched out in some cases from the narrow application that has previously been attributed to it.   

Ps - After his divorce and following his wife's becoming a full blown schizophrenic, she said the voices kept telling her: "the only reason you were brought into existence was to destroy (your husband) Frank!"