16. Is it wrong to commit adultery?

Posted: August 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

exo 20:14, deut 5:18, heb 13:4 ≠ num 31:18, hos 1:2, 3:1

Exodus 20:14 “You shall not commit adultery.

Deuteronomy 5:18 “You shall not commit adultery.

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

Numbers 31:18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

Hosea 1:2 When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, “Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the LORD.”

Hosea 3:1 The LORD said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”

I’m not sure why The Reason Project thinks Numbers 31:18, Hosea 1:2 and Hosea 3:1 contradict God’s prohibition of adultery. Perhaps they don’t entirely grasp what adultery is, so here’s a definition:

adultery |əˈdəlt(ə)rē|
voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not his or her spouse:

The Reason Project seems to be assuming that the men in Numbers 31:18 will not be marrying the women, but why would we assume that?

And with respect to Hosea, marrying someone who has previously committed adultery is not adultery, and never has been.

Is there someone at The Reason Project I can send a dictionary to?

  1. Calvin says:

    Why have you stopped?

    • Ben Rae says:

      I got busy and tired. But things are going to ease off a bit in the next week, so I’ll get back into it. Thanks for encouraging me to keep going.

  2. Calvin says:

    Hey Ben,

    I’ve been really encouraged by what you’ve been posting so far and do hope that you’ll be able to continue.

    Hebrews 12:1-2
    …let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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