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What Is The Punishment For Adultery - Christianity

By Greg Vanden Berge 10/20/2011

Answer: Like most things in the Bible, the punishment for adultery isn't crystal clear. We will need to go back into the Old Testament, to find our answer, but it might not be correct.

I would like to make a point, if you're someone who has committed adultery, try to avoid beating yourself up or believing you will be punished in one way or another, when the real answer, isn't crystal clear.

The last thing in the world I want anyone to do is read the answer to this question and then feel like crap or believe, they won't get to enter the kingdom of God, because I haven't found anything, that suggest otherwise.

The Old Testament tells us one thing, then we read the New Testament and it tells us something else. This happens more than once and creates a lot of confusion and is probably, the main reason why Christianity has so many denominations or separate organizations.

Exodus 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

This is actually one of the 10 Commandments and it states clearly, you shall not commit adultery, but does not provide us with a penalty for committing such an act. Later on in Leviticus, it provides us with a crystal clear penalty, but one that also doesn't make a lot of sense.

Leviticus 20:10 And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbor's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

Now were getting somewhere and can answer the question, according to the Old Testament. I couldn't find anything in the New Testament, where it made a direct statement, suggesting that people who commit adultery, shall surely be put to death.

The Bible continues to associate adultery, murder, deception and wickedness with immoral behavior. I guess this is where Satan comes in, however, the idea of Satan seems ridiculous to me, yet millions of people believe that he still exists and must be lurking in the shadows, waiting for his next victim.

Any evil act like adultery can be blamed on Satan or some other evil influence, letting the believer, off the hook. I don't know why, but Christians and other religious followers need to blame somebody, for something, all the time.

I don't believe Satan had anything to do, with anyone, who ever committed adultery, because his existence has never been validated. When was the last time you saw Satan, was he at the grocery store, park or walking down the street.

Maybe he was consuming mass quantities of alcohol at a local pub or starting a forest fire and last but not least, luring innocent men and women into adulterous relationships.

If you're a victim or part of the sinful party, who had an adulterous affair, then there's a good chance, you're to blame. There's no need to blame your spouse, external circumstances or Satan, you did it and should accept, all of the blame.

You made the choice, not someone else.

I knew a woman one time who had more excuses, about her illicit behaviors, than good qualities. She continued to blame her husband, for her behavior and it never made any rational sense. It's kind of like the Bible, it's hard to find an honest answer, to a simple question, because of the contradicting statements, which suggests otherwise.

That's why I don't want you to get stuck on the words, in the Bible, because you don't know for sure, whether they were written by men who were creating their own god or men who worked under the direct influence, of the original Creator. We don't even know if God wrote the Bible and the last thing I would ever suggest is that he inspired it, when his existence cannot currently be validated.

The real answer to this question is a lot simpler than it seems. The only punishment I could think of for adultery, usually has something to do with the individuals, who feel guilty, for committing the act. These are the individuals who truly feel sorry for their actions and deserve another chance.

However, I would like to add, two or three chances, should be sufficient. Anyone who commits adultery more than two or three times, deserves to be divorced and sent back into the ocean of single individuals, where they can have as many relationships as they want to, without feeling guilty, or hurting other people.

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