The overused words “adultery and unfaithfulness” have fascinated me since I discovered the Bible. I never found a book that predates the Bible that contained the two words; therefore, right or wrong, by the process of limitation, I concluded that the words are rooted in scripture. The highly overused word adultery was first introduced to me in the Ten Commandments.
First understand that I don’t claim to be a biblical scholar but I don’t think it takes a scholar to apply practical deduction. It seems to me that The Ten Commandments was primarily expressing the importance of worshipping God. There are commandments that instruct: Thou shall have no other gods before me; Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image; Thou shall not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I am a jealous God; Thou shall not take my name in vain; and further down it says, thou shall not commit adultery. Later in the Ten Commandments God says; Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife, which translates to mean thou shall not desire or seek to have thy neighbor’s wife. This implies, to me, that when God first said ‘adultery’ He was not referring to a sexual sin but instead the sin of not being fully committed to Him.
My premise regarding ‘adultery’ seems to bear fruit in the Old Testament and is further extended to the word unfaithfulness in Jeremiah 3:7-9 (New International Version) 7: I thought that after she had done all this she would return to me but she (meaning Israel) did not, and her unfaithful sister Judah saw it. 8: I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries.
Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear; she also went out and committed adultery.
9: Because Israel’s immorality mattered so little to her, she defiled the land and committed adultery with stone and wood (in other words graven images).
Nevertheless, the scribes and lawmakers of ancient times enacted man’s law and referred to adultery as a sexual sin punishable by death: Leviticus 20:10 (New International Version) 10 “ ‘If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death. This scripture is contrary to the original intent of the scriptures and is an ungodly leap. To show that adultery was more so in the heart than a carnal practice Jesus said in Matthew 5:27-28 (New International Version) 27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
Jesus continued to refer to adultery as impurity and a separation of commitment because God commands our unadulterated commitment.
Jesus said in Mark 8:38 (King James Version) 38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Today many married Christians often accuse the other of being faithful or of committing adultery in the carnal sense of the words.
However everyone that has ever thought in their heart contempt, resentment, lack of devotion, or fantasized another were guilty of unfaithfulness and adultery in the eyes of God. In my opinion, the physical act of sex outside of marriage should be referred to as infidelity or simply cheating and not adultery and/or unfaithfulness, of which, on spiritual grounds, all are guilty.
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