Thank you, I am not that good with words in this sense, but you also have my brotherly love My day just begun and I’m already very flattered, thank you.
Well, if one is unrepentant, one can be separated from Christ eternally. However, one is never un-baptized. At least not until death. We do not know whether one is or is not unrepentant until death (and well… we don’t even know it after that but you get my point, one can repent while dying).
But in that scenario, one does not only repent but also try to fix what they have failed at. I am unsure what Orthodox interpretation of Matthew 19 is, and if anyone knows I would gladly hear it so I can continue this discussion with more knowledge from the other side. That said, to us it seems clear that “anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery”. If one wishes to make amends for marriage they have broken, best place to start is fixing that marriage.
That’s the question. We know God is infinitely merciful and infinitely just. We actually consider that God is merciful and on that account spouses can be separated… divorced. However, we don’t go as far as to allow second marriage. To “break Sacrament” would require at least that much penance as to not receive it again with different person.
I understand that Orthodox do not go divorcing left and right it’s more of a theological point than practical one. We also have annulments and whether they are or aren’t abused, they are quite frequent in this day and age. It might be that people are seriously misled by ideas that marriage doesn’t last for eternity and that many receive marriage in the Church for cultural reasons while not believing in the Sacrament… but fact remains that it is becoming quite frequent.