Sunday, March 26, 2017

Musings On Lust And Adultery

  • General Points Of Consideration:
           -Engaging in sexual activity with multiple partners reduces our nature to being on the same level as that of wild animals. If we were truly programmed to function on the basis of mere instinct, like animals do, then we would have no recognition for morals. Neither would it be possible for us to have personal values. But we do have such traits due to our advanced intellect, reasoning capacities, and free will.
           -Marriage is supposed to be the life-long, romantic commitment and companionship to a partner of the opposite sex. Thus, adultery is wrong for obvious reasons: it is lying and unfair. The lives of people and long-term relationships have come to a tragic end because of adulterous acts. Matters like these cannot simply be downplayed.
           -If fornication and adultery are morally permissible, then why even bother with getting married in the first place?
           -Jesus Christ specifically taught that having a mental sexual desire for another person is equivalent to actually committing adultery and fornication (Matthew 5:28-29). Lust itself is a form of idolatry (Colossians 3:5). A soul can be punished for eternity in hell because of this sin (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
           -We are not to focus on finding ways to indulge our own sinful lusts (Romans 13:14). Sexual temptations are waging war against our souls (1 Peter 2:11). We will either choose to rebel against (and conquer by God's grace) sin or continually engage in sin (and let it conquer us in accordance with our fallen nature).
           -The Apostle Paul instructed women to dress modestly (1 Timothy 2:9). Moreover, Jesus Christ warned against being a stumbling block to others (Matthew 18:6).
    • Measures That Should Be Taken In Conquering Lust (Speaking In A General Sense):
              -Eliminate the source: the best way to get rid of any temptation is to get eliminate the source; you first need to identify with certainty the source(s) of your sexual temptation(s); then, find ways to permanently remove/avoid temptations (to the best of your ability).           
              -Prayer: acknowledge God's Lordship; ask for His forgiveness of sin; pray for those who are ensnared by sexual sin.
              -Study: read the Bible and meditate upon the moral principles taught within; spend some quality time reflecting on Scripture or memorizing specific verses (Psalm 119:10-11).
              -Find wholesome Christian people: though a difficult task, you should try to find a group of true Christians who can help you steer out of the direction of sexual temptation; you need to carefully examine professing Christians (rather than blindly accepting their mere profession by mouth) because Satan can also use other people as a means to drag you back down; might have to cut off contact with people who live immoral lifestyles (unless they are your co-workers, etc.--then you can do nothing about that situation).
              -Find some good Christian music to distract you from sinful thinking; take brakes from the television and video games (or cut them out of your life for good); spend much valuable time doing godly things.
              -We are fully capable by God's grace of being victorious over our spiritual weaknesses such as lust, just as Joseph in the Old Testament refused to sleep with his master's wife (Genesis 39:6-21). He was not even married during that time.

    1 comment:

    1. Jesse, this is a wonderful article you've written. I really appreciate your work here. Would love to see more from you on this subject.