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Is it committing adultery if it’s my boyfriend?

Adultery is defined as “voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone other than his or her lawful spouse”1 or, to put it more simply, if one of you is married then having sex is committing adultery. It doesn’t matter if you have started a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship, if one of you is married then […]

Why the addition of the Pericope Adulterae into John 7-8?

The story of the woman caught in adultery (John 7:53-8:11) is not included in some of the earliest manuscripts. It was included by Jerome in his translation of the NT and so was in place c.380, if not earlier. If this section was not originally part of John’s gospel, is it an authentic testimony about […]

Does the word “fornication” refer to more than just sexual acts?

The English word “fornication” generally refers just to voluntary sexual intercourse between two unmarried persons, though it sometimes include adultery. In the New Testament the word often translated “fornication” is the Greek word porneia, which has a much broader semantic field. The word porneia derives from the word porne (“harlot”). It was used rarely in […]

Why was Tamar considered righteous?

Tamar has a sad story: She was married to Er, Judah’s son God killed Er for being wicked According to the custom of her time, she was then given to Onan, Er’s brother Onan refused to honor his levirate marriage responsibility (“Onanism” is named after him) So God killed Onan too Judah promised Tamar that […]

What should you do when you love someone else’s spouse?

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. [Heb. 13:4] Marriage is sacred, so we need to respect another couple’s marriage and not interfere with it. If we are married, we also need to respect our own marriage and treat it […]

Can you commit adultery by marrying a divorced person?

The idea that marrying someone who is divorced may be adultery comes from two things Jesus says: “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.”  Luk 16:18 “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate […]