“If a man commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, both the man and the woman who have committed adultery must be put to death.”
-Leviticus 20:10, NLT
Does staying married through ‘better or worse’ include through infidelity?
Short answer: No.
Here’s the longer, biblical reasons I say that…
I quote Leviticus 20:10 not to suggest that we need to bring back the death penalty for adultery.
My point is that God clearly did not see keeping a marriage together as more important than addressing the sin of adultery.
Holiness, righteousness, and justice trumped keeping a marriage “intact” following adultery per Old Testament commands.
Christian culture–especially evangelical subculture–fails to grasp this very clear priority:
God did not prioritize “intact” families over obedience to Him in the matter of marital fidelity.
Adultery certainly qualifies within the “worse” category. Yet, God puts it even further out than that. God treats adultery as a covenant ending sin.
God commanded the Jewish people to end any marriage covenant where adultery had occurred via the death penalty for the adulterous partners.
Divorce is a modern mercy in comparison. Yet such a mercy does not change the fact that God did not instruct the Jewish people to stay married in spite of adultery.
That “worse” was apparently to be dealt with in other ways.