Why is 'You shall not commit adultery' in the Ten Commandments?


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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
Before we can answer this question, we need to be clear on the definition of adultery. The dictionary defines "adultery" as "voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who i...

July 01 2013 5 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Justin Hale
The Ten Commandments are divine directives issued by GOD through His holy angels in response to human sin, (Galatians 3:19), delivered through Moses as a 'Law of sin and death.' (Romans 8:12). 

This Law remains the basis of most human legal systems precisely because any blatant violation of these Commandments not only destroys the individuals involved, but destroys society and civilization itself by allowing evil to spread unchecked. All recognized 'crimes' can always been traced back to violations of the Commandments. Briefly, they include idolizing any larger idea, object or human leader; any projects aimed at idolizing and worshiping this kind of fixation; any expression of open defiance against GOD and His qualities, (His 'Names'); human projects that compel people to work and strive with no real rest or periods of personal reflection; attempts to openly disrespect our ancestors or demonstrate their efforts or ideas to be foolish; then killing others, sexually abusing others, stealing from others, lying about others and envying others while being driven by the compulsions, aims and fixations listed above. 

The 'Law of sin and death' was meant to be temporary and to make our condition of sin plainly obvious to everyone everywhere, along with our need for some lasting solution. The Law itself offers no remedy to human evil, only a way to mitigate or restrain the worst elements of its destructive power while we wait and hope for a real solution to arrive.

Fortunately, GOD has provided us with a new Law called the 'Law of Liberty,' 'Law of Christ' or 'Law of burden-bearing.' (James 1:25, 2:12, Galatians 6:2, etc...). Surprisingly, this Law is even more 'strict' and its punishments more severe than the Law of Moses, (e.g. Matthew 5:21-48, Hebrews 10:26-31).

However, the difference is that this new Law's yoke of instructions are made easy and its burdens made light by the Presence of GOD's Holy Spirit directly within each person. Any personal errors are forgiven by Christ's spectacular personal sacrifice, appeasing GOD's wrath. Then the ongoing consequences of the sin are fully 'covered over' and transformed back into goodness by a new collective effort inspired by His great wisdom and guidance over the successive generations, (Romans 8:28).

We 'bear each other's burdens' and reveal the love behind the 'mistakes.' The recovered drug addict views his life as a way to understand and reach out to others still struggling similarly; something he could not have done without first making the 'mistakes' himself and seeking Christ's way of escape. The former thief now lives to serve with open generosity and demonstrate the value of hard work. The greater the 'weakness' the stronger the impact of the new liberty, love and power to guide others in their own transformation. ALL things now work together for good inside of GOD's new system. It is only a matter of time before this goodness is fully revealed.

The only way to miss out is to reject the new system itself by refusing to acknowledge sin, refusing to receive Christ's intimate wisdom and guidance by rejecting His Holy Spirit, and trying to 'go it alone' instead of being a part of the new collective 'burden bearing' among those redeemed from the old Law and its judgments.

"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death." (Romans 8:2).

September 13 2022 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

P4192267 ADAM COLE Servant of The LORD
Short answer is that adultery is a lie, Ex. 20:6. It also breaks the law of covetousness, Ex 20:17, "Thou shalt not covet".

It was one a the major sins that GOD disliked that caused Him to destroy Sodom, Jude 1:7: "... giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

September 14 2022 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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