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Having multiple wives was permitted (though not exactly endorsed) in the Law of Moses. Adultery is having (or desiring) an intimate relationship with someone who's already married (to someone else). As it was forbidden in the Mosaic law, it was referring to a man and someone else's wife. It was not really speaking of a married man and another woman. Even ...


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In the story, everyone there recognised that they were sinners, including the top religious leaders. We should recognise that in ourselves also, no matter how 'good' we try to be. Jesus' compassion is not just for the woman but also for all of us. This comes to the heart of Christianity and is the whole point of John's Gospel: everyone has sinned/rebelled ...


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Unless you only have sex once it can be hard to pinpoint exactly when the child was conceived. Normal term pregnancies range from 37 to 41 weeks, a full month's time. Bathsheba presumably contacted David as soon as she realised she had missed her period and was pregnant. David tried to get Uriah to go home and sleep with her immediately, so that he would ...


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The Bible does not teach that one must always make restitution for their sins in order to be saved, it's just that doing so is an attitude that is consistent with the contrite heart of repentance. Note that King David was guilty of adultery and yet married Bathsheba after the affair. Yet, upon being confronted by Nathan the prophet, David writes Psalm 51, ...


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There are many possible practical applications. In fact, I think this is one of the most commonly used sermon texts. Everyone from ultra-liberals to ultra-conservatives seems to love the passage. However, it's textually one of the two most disputed passages in the New Testament, along with Mark 16:9-20 (see: Should Mark 16:9-20 be in the Bible?). The ...


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Overseers and deacons are told to be a one woman man in the pastoral epistles, and Christians are told to model the behavior of these men. (1 Timothy 3:12) Additionally, Ephesians 5 roots the institution of marriage in creation and demonstrates that its intent was always to point to the profound mystery revealed: Christ's marriage to the church. As a ...


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This answer points to the scripture only because that is what was requested. Being a witness to adultery is really no different than being a witness to any sin. The Bible gives a blanket answer for all sins you witness a Christian brother or sister commit. It is in Matthew 18, starting in verse 15, and it is commonly called the Matthew 18 Principle. ...


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The part of the scripture you left out is pretty important to understanding this passage. Basically, she has to drink some dusty water that will cause her to miscarry if she's guilty, but she'll be fine if she's not guilty. I think it's simply making clear that the husband is not guilty for miscarriage and the harm that results from the actions of the ...


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Having multiple wives was permitted in the Bible for the same reason disobeying God is. God honors man's free will. Had God intended that man should have multiple wives, why would he only create one for Adam. Most assuredly since God wanted man to multiply and fill the Land having multiple wives would enhance that program exponentially. Genesis 2:18 ...


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Because Jesus' message was forgiveness of sins. Not condemnation for them. Leviticus 20 (ESV) 10 “If a man commits adultery with the wife of[a] his neighbour, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. I immediately notice 2 things here. The first is that both parties of adultery are to be condemned. And second that this looks ...


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Marriage is more than sex. When you enter a marriage you take on all sorts of other obligations - to love and support your spouse, to care for them in sickness, to provide for your mutual needs, and to act as parent to any children you might have. If you deliberately choose to leave a marriage you are abandoning all those obligations as well as the one to ...


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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9, ESV) Anyone can be tempted as long as we live in this world, anyone can make mistakes. All we need to do is confess our sins and ask for forgiveness. While Catholics need to confess there sins to the priest, Protestants may ...


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"Reversion" is straightforward. Once a Catholic, always a Catholic. However, the falling-away from the Church is contrary to Canon Law: 209 §1 Christ's faithful are bound to preserve their communion with the Church at all times, even in their external actions. This is something which may be confessed and absolved, and that — with the ...


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Yes, Solomon had concubines. He also became greedy and chose to accumulate wealth and wives rather than nurturing his kingdom. If you read his story, you find that God was not pleased with his later actions, but spared him punishment during his lifetime because of his father. God told Solomon that his punishment for these things would come after his death by ...


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More recent translations use 'husband' instead of 'man' (though not all of them), indicating that it is almost certainly the husband. This is made more likely by the fact that by v31 the 'other party' to adultery hasn't been mentioned in a long while. You can probably ask at Biblical Hermeneutics site for more details. As for why: he hasn't done anything ...


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Notice the order in which Jesus does things in this passage. He covers the sinner in love and grace, then he addresses the sin. We can learn a lot about lovingly correcting someone from this passage. Jesus does not require us to have everything together, for Him to offer His love and grace. Why should we treat others any differently?


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1 John 1:8-9 "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." When you sin, first, repent of your sin and ask God for forgiveness. John 8:4-11 (ESV) "The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been ...


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"Biblically, is there any scriptural evidence against a man having a concubine?" Yes, because sexual relations apart from a spouse are forbidden, and concubinage obviously falls outside of marriage. These verses don't speak of concubinage specifically, but they all speak against sexual relations outside of marriage. As such, concubinage is adultery. Luke ...


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I am unable to find reference to any official sects or doctrines which permit open-relationships (as distinct from polygamy and various forms of plural marriage). However, there certainly are a minority of Christians who practice various forms of open-relationships. The Liberated Christians web site* has a section about various forms of open relationships ...


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Here's a better, more appropriate answer on my part. My answer pertained to polygamy, which of course is incorrect in this case - however: This Wikipedia article on open marriages indicates the following, emphasis my own: Some critics object to open marriages on the ground that open marriages violate religious principles. For example, open marriages ...


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Your Question #1: Does adultery of the heart as described by Jesus in Matthew 5:28 constitute the same form of "sexual immorality" given as an exception for divorce being permissible in Matthew 19:9? No, but they're "kissin' cousins"! The thought is father to the deed. If you find yourself repeatedly fantasizing about "having an affair" with that woman ...


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As to porn being a basis for divorce, I can only suspect someone might use this verse: Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And in combination with Jesus' one exception for the prohibition on divorce: "saving for the cause of fornication" (Matt ...



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