Originally posted by TerrierJack
If I actually skip over the thought part and go straight to the sex with my neighbor's wife then what cosmic harm is there in that? I can understand that my neighbor might be upset (and would hope that his wife was not) but in the grand scheme of the universe it just doesn't amount to much. On the other hand if I help propagate an idea of conduct that e robes and red suits until you're blue faced but I will still expect you to be responsible.
If I actually skip over the thought part and go straight to the sex with my neighbor's wife then what cosmic harm is there in that? I can understand that my neighbor might be upset (and would hope that his wife was not) but in the grand scheme of the universe it just doesn't amount to much.
The marriage bond of trust and intimacy is very delicate and sacred. Adultery is seen as doing violence to that bond.
"Take heed to your spirit, and let no one be treacherous to the wife of his youth. For I hate divorce, says Jehovah the God of Israel; and he who does it behaves in violence, says Jehovah of hosts. Take heed then to your spirit, and do not be treacherous." (Malachi 2:15,16)
God considers the breaking of the marriage bond to be a violent
act. The bond of marriage involves the most tender and delicate personal bond of trust. Adultery and divorce wreck violent havoc upon it.
If you think that in the grand scheme no harm is done, put your mother or sister or daughter in the place of that one being so "used" outside of the marriage bond. You would not raise your daughter to be so loose, I hope.
On the other hand if I help propagate an idea of conduct that requires me to separate the people of this world into armed camps and a stream of murder and hatred results then I would (personally) hope some fires were being stoked in anticipation of a payback (tho I rather doubt it.)
Well, this is a noble thought, that you would not do that.
Unfortunately one of the tendencies of sinners is to appease the concience by doing something ELSE "good" to excuse for the sin commit.
Our conscience will bother us when we sin against God's law. One way sinners deal with this conviction of the conscience is to bribe
it. That is to do something else "good" so as to silence the conscience about the sin we commited.
"At least I did this other
thing over here. So I am not so bad."
However, our God created conscience is not so easily bribed. Only real forgiveness from God and cleansing of the stain left on our character will bring peace to the conscience. Doing something else good will not help.
Why not start with the understanding that feelings, ideas, and actions have consequences and take direct responsibility for your own. Don't pretend you can escape it or that some unseen force outside of yourself will either absolve you or accept blame. You can babble on about white robes and red suits until you're blue faced but I will still expect you to be responsible.
We all tend to be strict with the other person and easier on ourselves. We are not equal. We are un equal. This is called INIQUITY - not equal.
Think of how easily we excuse ourselves. Think of how harsh we like to come down on others. We are not equal. God however is equal and no respector of persons. And it is to God that ultimately we are responsible.
I am thankful that God has made abundant provision for our sins in the redemption of Christ - the standard of moral perfection.