|By: Abu Atallah; ©2000|
|Looking at society in the West, you might be confused as to whether the Christian God says anything about adultery. Abu Atallah explains why western society is not a good mirror of what God says, and what the God of the Bible does say regarding adultery.?|
Dear Friend: Thank you for your question.
This reminded me of a Muslim friend who given a Bible to read. After reading the following passage he said, “I did not think that Christianity and Jesus spoke very strongly against adultery. As I observe what is happening in the profane, blasphemous, Christian West, I wondered if the Bible did say anything about adultery.”
Despite what we see on the movies, which come primarily from the West, about sex and violence, it is by no means representative of the Christian view. There are many people in the West who do not believe in the Bible or Christianity. They might have Christian names, but they do not adhere to the Bible teachings and moral codes. I hope you understand that not all the people in the West are Christians, because they are not. It is the same with Muslims. Not every Muslim is a true Muslim. Thinking of the West as being Christian countries is not correct. Actually what you see happening in the West is contrary to norms and moral codes.
Now let us find out what the Bible says about adultery. One of the Ten Commandments in the Torah says in Exodus 20:14: “You shall not commit adultery.” Jesus said this in the Injiel in Matthew 5:27-30:
It is very important to see from this passage that adultery starts before the act itself. It starts when you have the wrong thoughts. Even if witnesses do not see you commit adultery, in the eyes of God you have committed adultery with your eyes, thoughts, as well as your heart. The Bible says, in very strong terms, it is better to pluck your eye out than cause the whole body to go to hell.
Another passage in the Bible that confirms this is Mark 7:20-23:
It is very important to realize here that outward cleanliness is not enough. Washing up or bathing is not enough. We need to be clean from the inside as well as the outside.
Galatians 5:16, 24-25 says: “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.... Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
David sinned and committed adultery. He thought as long as there were no witnesses he can get away with it. But God sent him the prophet Nathan to confront him. God saw him, even though people did not. When he was confronted with his sin, these were his words: (2 Samuel 12)
As you read this passage, you can see how David, with his own sense of justice, condemned himself to death. He sinned against God. Because God is holy he will not tolerate his children to be unholy.
Christians, we need to keep their thoughts and actions clean. David realized this after he sinned and he said the following prayer (Psalms Zabour] 51:10): “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Till we meet again friend.