9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
“Therefore what God has joined together, let no man put asunder.”
The ninth verse of the tenth chapter or Mark’s gospel is the go-to citation for anyone trying to Biblically justify the forbidding of divorce. At its heart the verse makes a lot of sense. As Christians we believe, to one extent or the other, that many of the significant turning points in our lives – choice of college, career path, marriage, etc. – are willed by God, individual breaks deliberately constructed into a path that is meant to lead to the fruition of His will for us. But removed from context, this verse has also been cited to induce shame, to bully weak minds and weaker hearts into submission and to ultimately justify greater evils, such as the acceptance of emotional and/or physical abuse, over lesser.
So, what happens when the words in that verse are flipped – “Therefore what God has put asunder, let no man put together”?