Bible Divorce Adultery

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Bible and Divorce adultery has been explained long back by the son of GOD himself. The seventh of the Ten Commandments states that GOD asked Moses to convey to the people of Israel

"Thou shalt not commit adultery"
(Exodus 20:14).

Adultery was forbidden even by GOD. It has been mentioned in Bible that GOD has graciously allowed sexual relations only during the course of a marriage. Any illicit sexual relation outside marriage (pre-marital or extra marital sex) is a sin in HIS eye's. The bible allows divorce on the ground of sexual immorality which includes adultery. This has been reflected in the teaching of Jesus in the Bible:

Matthew 5:31:

"But I say to you, any man who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, causes her to commit adultery, and whoever married a divorced woman commits adultery."

Discriminating 'sexual act' as adultery in Bible

In bible, teachings of Lord Jesus said that:

(Matthew 5:26-27):

"But I say to you, anyone who stares at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart".
By this HE meant that adultery is not only restricted to sexual intercourse, but a lustful look may result in committing an adultery too. This means that there are various ways in which an individual can commit adultery, other than wanting a woman sexually outside marriage or being unfaithful in marriage. Adultery may even take place in a look or in the mind.

Quotes regarding Bible and Divorce Adultery

  • Matthew 19:9

"And I say to you: Whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery"

  • Mark 10:11-12

"Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery."

  • Luke 16:18

"Every one who divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery."

  • Romans 7:2-3

"A married woman is bound by law to her husband as long as he lives; but if her husband dies she is discharged from the law concerning the husband. Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress."

  • 1 Corinthians 7:10-11, 39

"To the married I give charge, not I but the Lord, that the wife should not separate from her husband (but if she does, let her remain single or else be reconciled to her husband) - and that the husband should not divorce his wife. . . . A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. If the husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord."

The seriousness of Bible and Divorce Adultery

According to the laws made by Moses, the penalty for adultery was death by stoning. This has been mentioned in Deuteronomy 22:21 ff, John 8:4,5. God has made it clear that one person can divorce his/her mate only on the basis of one ground and this is 'sexual immorality.'

The grave nature of the results of committing adultery is mentioned in Ephesians 5:5 as follows:

"No whoremonger, no unclean person hath an inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God."

Moreover, Colossians 3:6 states that the anger of God is showered on those who are found guilty of fornication, uncleanness and inordinate affection.

Genesis 39:9

Potiphar's wife tried to entice Joseph. However, Joseph replied that

"How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?"

An example of Adultery and Divorce in the Bible

Let us think of an example in which John was married to Linda. John cheats on her and practices adultery with Lily. The Bible clarifies that Linda was wronged by John. She is no longer obligated to reside with him. If she wishes, she has appropriate grounds to file for a divorce from John. She can move ahead in her life by remaining single or even remarrying.

Bible and Divorce Adultery- Change in Time

Divorce Laws have been changing over centuries. Today, the rate of divorce is soaring high compared to those time. At present in US, adultery may be defined as a voluntary sexual intercourse of a married individual with another individual, other than his/her married partner. It is restricted to the arena of illicit sexual relationship with a third party. The scope of mental (in mind) or visual (lust look) adultery is no more considered to be an adulterous act. In biblical language, adultery is a sin. While today, in most states in US and other places across world, adultery is not an illegal act or crime. However, it is acceptable as a viable ground for divorce.

It is to be remembered that marriages are made in heaven by the grace of GOD. Thus, disregarding the marriage vows is a sin in the eyes of Lord. Bible and divorce adultery as mentioned in the teachings, must teach us to remain faithful to our spouse. We should also avoid lustful tendencies that may tempt us into further adultery.

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