[CF Devotionals] 2010-09-05 - The Relevance of Moral Purity

The Ten Commandments ~ Part 42
Seventh Commandment, Part 5

In Genesis 2:23-24, we read first the words of Adam. “The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”

Marriage was instituted by God at creation. Adultery violates this institution. I always remember what my uncle said at our wedding: “Marriage isn’t a word; its a sentence.”

Is the Issue of Moral Purity Relevant Today?

As we can see, there is a two-fold approach that we can take to this commandment; the one is as it relates to the purity of marriage, and the other to faithfulness to God.

It seems as if marriage has become a questionable convenience today. Many go in with the attitude that if a marriage isn’t working, then it should be ended. Now it’s obvious on this basis it can’t work. A marriage is something that has to be worked at always. The new morality, actually the old immorality, says that one way to save a marriage is to have sexual relationships outside of the marriage. This isn’t really new. In many cultures, you marry a women for children, and get your pleasure elsewhere. In fact, there are some so-called experts who would try to tell us that the institution of marriage is outdated and will soon be a custom of historic curiosity, but no longer practiced. Once again, society deals in euphemisms: people don’t commit adultery; they have affairs. An example of this was shown on TV, “The Bridges of Madison County©", which demonstrated the "positive benefits" from a beautiful and loving affair. Isn’t that nice.

To be continued.

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