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Nothing worth a damn is ever done as a matter of principle.
If it is worth doing, it is done because it is worth doing.
If it is not, it's done as a matter of principle.
- James T. Evans

Adultery Definition Issues
Updated: 03/03/2021

Premise: The "Bible definition" of adultery is superficial and  artificially constrained by the fiat legalism of whoever compiled, borrowed or wrote that "10 Commandment" portion of the Old Testament. There is a more general and meaningful principle that surely should apply.

Dictionary definitions of Adulterate, vt :

  1. To render (something) poorer in quality by adding another substance, typically an inferior one.
  2. To make inferior, impure, not genuine.
  3. To corrupt, debase, or make impure by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance or element.

Synonyms: degrade, debase, spoil, taint, defile, contaminate, pollute, befoul, sully, doctor, tamper with, mix, lace, dilute, water down, thin out, weaken, etc.

Adultery: The degrading or lessening of value of something pure and special by contamination through downgrading or violating its structure or intent..

So much for the technical or lexical aspects. because these don't deal with WHY adultery is such a false construct in the religious community.

Philosophical Aspects

The real, more legitimate or meaningful aspects of adultery relate to fundamental principles that no reasonable person can gainsay. When something is healthy and life enhancing, why would you want to damage, ruin or destroy it? However, it is always the purpose of an action that determines it to be legitimate or not. Given that the whole purpose of life is to increase morale, when an action can be defended as being life enhancing and not damaging, dangerous, or unethical, it qualifies as being legitimate or loving. Remember, the purpose of life is not to satisfy some larger than God law, but to increase morale, fulfillment, the enhancement of life.

There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous. - Napoleon

A sexual relationship can be one of the most satisfying and rewarding aspects of life, and in an imperfect world with imperfect people, I don't know of a perfect way to approach this arena. It is shallow to think that formal marriage by a priest, clergyman, or officer of the court legitimizes a love relationship. Nowadays, these formalities do little else than verify minimal requirements, provide a public record, and serve as a de facto license to have children, and outside of these basic aspects, have nothing to do with morality or ethics. If the relationship is not or no longer one of respect, fulfillment, love and romance, there may be little or no actual value to degrade or ruin. The form may still be there, but how can God be impressed by the form rather than by the intended reality.

When there is a formal marriage that turns cold, loveless or destructive, to continue in that sham could be considered as a form of adultery worse than acknowledging the reality and making changes. Any valid marriage is undone or unworthy once either one of the parties desires it to end, and then there would be nothing much left of which to reduce the value or adulterate. This is the way that much of our modern Western society operates--often not well--today, because it is based on common sense realities and no longer on Biblical legalism.

Freedom and liberty are never attained while operating under laws or rules. Freedom and liberty are realized when operating within principles and values with which one agrees and supports.

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