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In Matthew 5:28, Jesus said that if a man even looks at a woman with lustful intent, it is the same in God's eyes as the physical act of having committed adultery with her. God created men and women to be physically attracted to each other, but that attraction was to find its full expression exclusively within the framework of lifelong marriage (Genesis 2:24). Even someone such as David, whom God Himself described as "a man after My own heart" (1 Samuel 13:14), and who was mightily used by God in many ways, was not immune to lusting and acting on that lust, even to the point of making the woman pregnant, and then having the woman's husband murdered (2 Samuel 11 and 2 Samuel 12), for which he was severely judged by God (even though David repented and did not lose his salvation). Also, a man who divorces his wife and marries another (with no mention of the second wife having been involved in the break-up of the man's marriage) commits adultery against his first wife (Mark 10:11; and Luke 16:18), and is also held responsible by God for making the first wife commit adultery (Matthew 5:32). Adultery is not the unpardonable sin, but it is a violation and defilement of the most intimate relationship that one human being can have with another -- a relationship so close that the two are considered to be "one flesh" by God.
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