[bibletalk] It Wasn't Meant To Be

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From: "Steve Preston" <prstn496@...>
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2008 08:17:53 -0500
It Wasn’t Meant To Be

Some things were meant to be a certain way from the beginning. 
For instance, a marriage is to consist of one man and one woman 
for life. God set this precedent in Genesis 2:24 saying that 
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall 
cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh”. And lest 
anyone think a marriage can consist of two of the same gender, 
Jesus clearly says “Have ye not read, that he which made them at 
the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause 
shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: 
and they twain shall be one flesh?” (Matt.19:4-5) God’s clear intent 
was for a male and a female to be joined together. 

We also know that a marriage was meant to be forever. In writing to 
the Roman brethren Paul states that “…the woman which hath an husband 
is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the 
husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband” (Romans 7:2). 
Our Father wants those that are married to stay married. There are 
definite benefits to being married but no one should ever feel compelled 
to be so. Jesus taught that is also good to be single (Matthew 19:11-12). 

What was not meant to be is sexual contact outside the bounds of marriage. 
God intended that all sexual intercourse is to be inside the confines of 
a marriage. It is when a man or a woman commits fornication (illicit sexual 
intercourse with one not their spouse) that God gives permission for a 
divorce (Matthew 5:32). A person therefore is guilty of adultery when they 
seek to be “joined” with one to whom they are not married to (1 Cor. 6:16). 
Leviticus 20:10 makes it even clearer: “…man that committeth adultery with 
another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's 
wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.” What 
a relief it must be, to many, that the punishment for adultery is not
out under the New Testament law. If you are old enough to remember Jimmy 
Carter’s presidency then you may also remember his comment that he had 
committed adultery in his heart. No doubt he knew this because of Jesus 
proclaiming adultery also consists of one who “…looketh on a woman to lust
after her” (Matt. 5:28). God takes adultery very seriously. It is counted 
among the sins that would keep a person from entering the kingdom of God 
(Matt. 5:28), as a work of the flesh (Gal. 5:19) and bring about the
of God (Heb. 13:4). 

Those who have committed adultery can still receive the forgiveness of God. 
Repentance is all it takes for the Christian to get forgiveness. For the 
non-Christian, it takes a little bit more. One must hear and believe the 
word that God has given (Romans 10:17), repent of their sins (Luke 13:3), 
confess that Jesus is Lord (Matthew 10:32) and be baptized for the remission

of sins (Acts 2:38). Adultery and fornication were never meant to be. Don’t 
let them be a part of your life.

In Christ, Steve Preston

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