Everything about adultery in The Bible
Western customs differentiate between the concepts of adultery (as sex between a married person and an unmarried person), and fornication (classified as sex between two unmarried people).
In most European countries adultery, also known as sexual infidelity, is not a criminal offence and only becomes an officially recognized dispute when adultery has grounds for divorce under fault-based divorce laws.
The deliberate act of adultery is considered by many Christians to be immoral and a sin. Of the well-known Ten Commandments of God, it is the sixth commandment that declares “Thou shalt not commit adultery”. There are many passages in the bible that uphold the belief in faithfulness with strong conviction.
“…the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes…” (1 Corinthians 6: 9).
With regards to a person’s intentions of sexual desire, it is also written that “…Anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Mathew 5: 28).
From the moment a couple are married the physical body of the wife and the physical body of the husband, in terms of ownership, take on a very unique and utterly Christian status. A simple declaration is made, a declaration so candid, sincere, and earnest.
“For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise, the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does”. (Corinthians 7:4)
A married person cannot decide to give their body intimately to someone else without the authority of their spouse. It is simply not their decision to make. Adultery is forbidden and the adulterer will be judged.
* Some churches have interpreted the act of adultery to include all sexual relationships outside of marriage, regardless of the matrimonial status of the people involved.
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