Nor did I claim this. I just said it ecclesiasticaly lawful, that is, not sinful. It being ideal or not is a matter of opinion which St. Paul happily admits. I agree with him but we are speaking about the law of God concerning marriage. It is not allowed to marry when one's spouse is alive even when you are separated. Paul even confirms this v10 and 39...
"Free to marry" does not mean "ideal to marry".
Jumping in blindly.
Just started to read this long thread. Even though something may be ecclesiastically lawful
, it does not mean that it is not sinful.
For example, during the time of separation and after a civil divorce, an Orthodox Christian undergoes a period of penance where they cannot receive the Holy Mysteries for several years (5 to 7 years usually).
In the Greek Archdiocese of America under the EP, if during that time of penance, the divorced Orthodox Christian finds another mate and wants to remarry, he/she must appear before a spiritual court to obtain an ecclesiastical divorce and ask for a blessing to marry. Even though they may be granted a blessing for a second marriage, it is still a marriage of repentance. This second marriage is seen as a lesser of two evils. It is still a sin or hamartia
, which means missing the mark or bull's eye. This is why divorced persons or a widow/widower come before the priest in penitence at their second/third marriages.
While it is best if a person remains single and does not marry a second or third time, it is better that they marry rather than burn in hell fire.
On the contrary, in Roman Catholicism, a couple who was previously divorced/widowed do not have to serve a time of penance before a second, third, fourth, or fifth marriage as there seems to be no limit to the number of times they can celebrate a wedding as long as a spouse has died or an annulment has been granted. And there is no marriage of repentance.