“Thou shalt not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20:14)
Adultery is defined as “voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone other than his or her lawful spouse” by dictionary.com. However, most marriage contracts contain oaths beyond a promise of monogamy. For instance, “to honor and to cherish” are common “I do's”. In this instance, emotional abandonment or abuse is adultery. There are many variations in modern vows, but whatever vow is made, is binding, and failure to keep any vow is adultery in the eyes of the Father (Mt 5:27).
Iowa has “no-fault” divorce. In other words, no one is required to have cause to get a divorce. They are permitted to simply because they no longer wish to be married. However, in the eyes of the Father, whom the vows were made before, there must be a break and subsequent lack of forgiveness to justify a divorce (Mt 5:31-32, 19:3-9). Therefore, in a justified divorce, a divorced person is an adulterer or adulteress, but not the party who sought the divorce. In any other instance of divorce, the party seeking the divorce is the adulterer or adulteress.
There is a small, growing movement in the Wapello County and Jefferson County area to remove pagan traditions from Christianity. To find a meeting, text or leave a message at 641-451-1111. Peace in the Savior.