Adultery in Christianity
Adultery is a consensual physical relationship between a married woman and a man who is not her spouse. Adultery is also known as extra-marital affair or infidelity and is considered a sin in almost all the religions. The definition and chastisement for adultery may differ in different religious conviction, civilizations and legal systems but the basic theme remains the same and points towards betrayal and violation of nuptial promises.
“Thou shalt not commit adultery” – says the seventh commandment. The Old Testament states, “He who commits adultery has no sense and whoever does so destroys himself”.
According to Lord Jesus indulging in adulterous feelings is equally detrimental to the soul as a real act of infidelity and both bear the same credence.
He said,” But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
Adultery is firmly banned by Christianity and has been branded as impure, licentious, blasphemous, capricious and a vile lust by all Prophets. It is acknowledged to be immoral and an offense by true Christians even today and there are few churches which construe adultery to include all sexual liaison outside of matrimony, regardless of the marital status of the people involved. Christianity also forbids all types of unnatural sexual correlations, including homosexuality of men and women and the Bible doesn’t consider such marriages valid.
Committing an adulterous act is considered equivalent to a murder and the adulterer becomes a transgressor to the law if he commits adultery. Marriage is regarded as highly sacred amongst Christians and according to the Old Testament:-
“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled; for God will judge the immoral and the adulterous”. “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her” and “If a woman divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery”. “And the man that commit adultery with another man’s wife, even he that commit adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.” says the KJV New testament.
This statement clearly proves that adultery is considered sinful in Christianity too and both the individuals involved in an adulterous act must be punished and that even death.
Adultery is a treacherous act and people must try to avoid it in all circumstances. All relationships go through various phases and if your marital partner is unable to satisfy your needs, you must try and talk it out rather than finding someone else with better compatibility because again that may be temporary and soon you’ll realize your folly. Marriage is the union of a man and a woman and this institution has been formed to instill harmony and peace in life. A couple grows together, create a life together, experience the ups and downs of life and cherish several pretty moments together but adultery, if creeps inside marriage interferes with the natural development of a relationship. Lack of commitment by one partner who looks for excitement outside marriage rather than creating it with their partner destroys the sanctity of marriage and breaches marital vows.
Biblically, adultery is the willful and destructive desecration of the prime, eternalness and sincerity of marriage.