Week 34 Day4
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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27 ‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery.”[e] 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
As a Christian pastor there was more than one time over the years when an individual came to me for counseling through a time of adultery in a relationship. Over the years there seems to have been a retreat from the harshness of the condemnation generally assumed by the church to reflect more the passage from John chapter 8 illustrated above in which Jesus forgives the woman and shames her accusers.
During my lifetime, a “sexual revolution” has attempted to render these truths irrelevant in a world gone mad with lust. So-called sexual freedom has become the mantra of every person who, driven mad by their lust, has engaged in even the most heretofore unimaginable perversions.
It is interesting that the questing of the soul after “foreign” gods is also likened to spiritual adultery. (Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, et al) Also interesting is the fact that Jesus, in John’s Revelation is called “faithful and true”.
In the end, the fact of the matter is that too many people are caught up in the “spirit” of the times and in their mad rush to be like everyone else they act out the most disgusting fantasies they can imagine. Is forgiveness always the right choice? Is Jesus inconsistent with His words? Not in the least. God is love and he doe not wish to see any condemned. Remember, the law is written for law breakers. Grace is for those who seek God.