Monday, February 25, 2008

Adultery Always Ends In Tears

This issue of adultery has always been around dating back to the days of Jesus. I heard somebody make the comment earlier "adultery always ends in tears." They said it was an old saying. But I never heard it before. I agree with that statement, but it raises another question. Is adultery and fornication the same? In the time and context in which it was written. I think that they are for all practical intents and purposes. Let's look at the two:

conjugal infidelity. An adulterer was a man who had illicit intercourse with a married or a betrothed woman, and such a woman was an adulteress. Intercourse between a married man and an unmarried woman was fornication. Adultery was regarded as a great social wrong, as well as a great sin. The Mosaic law (Num. 5:11-31) prescribed that the suspected wife should be tried by the ordeal of the "water of jealousy." There is, however, no recorded instance of the application of this law. In subsequent times the Rabbis made various regulations with the view of discovering the guilty party, and of bringing about a divorce. It has been inferred from John 8:1-11 that this sin became very common during the age preceding the destruction of Jerusalem. Idolatry, covetousness, and apostasy are spoken of as adultery spiritually (Jer. 3:6, 8, 9; Ezek. 16:32; Hos. 1:2:3; Rev. 2:22). An apostate church is an adulteress (Isa. 1:21; Ezek. 23:4, 7, 37), and the Jews are styled "an adulterous generation" (Matt. 12:39). (Comp. Rev. 12.)
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

in every form of it was sternly condemned by the Mosaic law (Lev. 21:9; 19:29; Deut. 22:20, 21, 23-29; 23:18; Ex. 22:16). (See ADULTERY.) But this word is more frequently used in a symbolical than in its ordinary sense. It frequently means a forsaking of God or a following after idols (Isa. 1:2; Jer. 2:20; Ezek. 16; Hos. 1:2; 2:1-5; Jer. 3:8,9).
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

If you notice the two aren't that different. In biblical times the term fornication mainly pertained to patronizing prostitutes. Seldom do we see someone go out and kill someone who they only had a random encounter with. Even if a john visits the same prostitute over and over again, he understands that's not his woman. So that takes me back to my original statement. Adultery always ends in tears. If you are involved in a relationship, where one of the participants doesn't know about all the others. That is an adulterous relationship. Going to the topless bars and picking up streetwalkers on Lamar or Elvis Presley is fornication. Anytime you have sex, and don't rest afterwards. You're partaking of forbidden fruit. Getting the definitions right, helps sort it out to some degree. I think we can safely say "adultery always ends in tears."


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