Marriage loses its validity if one of the spouses sins. Because the moment you cheat on your spouse you have destroyed the sacred bond of marriage. Reading this article, you will find out the Biblical consequences of cheating as follows:
- God will judge each man according to the good or evil he has done during his lifetime.
- No sinful man who dies with unforgiven sins will enter God’s heaven.
What does God say about cheating?
We are warned that God does not approve cheating, and He will judge adulterers, for He said: “Let marriage be honorable to all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled.” God forbids prostitution, adultery, and sex before marriage, promoting a life of Christian morality that calls for restraint and respect for the values of marriage.
If a person can not stay only with their husband/wife they should divorce soon. The Bible is as clear as it can be on this subject and in the seventh commandment of the Decalogue: “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” The institution of marriage is to be observed with sanctity. Bible speaks about monogamy in the Creator’s plan. The man was to have one wife and the woman was to have one husband. Polygamy, whether through repeated marriages or multiple life partners at the same time is not accepted.
The Gospel allows a woman to separate from her husband if he commits adultery. While it does not allow her to separate without his will if he is unfaithful. The apostle writes of this: “And the woman, if she has an unfaithful husband. And he wishes to live with her, let her not leave her husband” (I Corinthians 7:13). On the other hand, “whoever leaves his wife, apart from the cause of fornication, commits adultery” (Matthew 5:32). Thus indirectly condemning divorce for any other reason than fornication.
What are the spiritual consequences of adultery?
Man is a sinner and the reward for his sins is spiritual death, that is, eternal separation from God. The unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Make no mistake about it: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor malefactors, nor sodomites. No defiled person will enter it, no one who lives in filth and falsehood, but only those written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Too much familiarity with persons of the opposite sex fosters moral falls. Therefore, a certain reserve is necessary, it constitutes a safety measure.
If the divorce was accepted by Christ the Saviour for well-defined reasons such as death and adultery, which had the effect of the moral death of the guilty spouse, starting from this, the Church has considered over time that other reasons can cause the moral, religious, partial physical or civil death of one of the spouses, pronouncing ecclesiastical divorce for other categories of reasons assimilated to death, considering that they produce effects similar to physical death, although not identical. Thus, just as physical death terminates the marriage bond, other serious causes can also cause the termination of the marriage bond.
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What are the biblical consequences of cheating in Christianity?
We are told that the biblical consequences of cheating and punishment of those who have committed adultery is that they will not see the Kingdom of Heaven and unfortunately will not eat with the Lamb. For there a way, a path, will be made, which will be called “The Holy Way”: no unclean man shall pass along it, but it will be only for the holy; those who walk along with it, even the foolish, will not be able to go astray.
The one who commits such a sin, no matter how many good deeds he does, will not be saved, as the Apostle informs us, “Do not be deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers… will inherit the kingdom of God.” The Apostle Paul instructs us, “Seek peace with all men, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). By “holiness” here he means contentment. What does it mean? To be content with one’s lawful wife and not to go with other women. Whoever is not content with his wife falls into the grievous sin of adultery. He is altogether unrighteous who is so unrestrained that he commits adultery.
Do cheaters suffer consequences?
, A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
Galatians 6:7-8 (NIV)
Adultery is a great temptation, a devastating one that aims to destroy the family and the soul life of spouses and children. Whoever wants not to taste this soul hell of despair must fight ascetically against this temptation, ask for God’s help, always beware of the occasions in which they might fall. Constant guarding of the mind is the first and most effective weapon in the fight against adultery.
Adultery is one of the serious forms of deceiving one’s self-confidence. Now the term cheating/adultery is mainly about intimate relationships, but on a psychological level, just the mental acceptance of flirting with another person is enough to be considered adultery, both by God and by your life partner. The term cheating targets trust. If the wife saw her husband flirting with another woman she would surely lose part of her trust in him, aware that it is enough to take the first step and the rest will flow of its own accord.
How does cheating affect a man?
An affair leaves deep scars for both partners: psychically and mentally. Adultery begins with the first secret, not the first time the partner has sex. Many people think there is no problem with having an innocent secret from a partner. But with the first secret, he compromised his trust in the relationship in the first place and not his partner’s.
Even when one of the hardest things happens in a couple: adultery, people can, by God’s grace, learn to forgive each other and begin to rebuild their marriage, as long as the partner who has cheated repents and puts an end to his or her sexual immorality. God has forgiven us for many more sins. We can follow His example and forgive even the sin of adultery. The person who did it will answer before God at the frightening judgment.
Like most temptations, adultery is a cunning combination of good and evil, of truth and lies, which can often deceive us, can at first take on the garb of goodwill or love for our neighbor, and gradually take hold as a devastating addiction in our whole being.
It all starts with a seemingly innocent flirtation: smiles, beautiful looks, discussions, interest in each other’s lives, willingness to help – this is the first and perhaps most important stage of all. It’s the moment when you open up to the other person more than you should, showing a willingness to give yourself totally, when in reality your life and body are already being given through love to someone else.
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- Cheating is not a solution.
- It’s a mortal sin to commit adultery.
- Better to stay unmarried or divorce than to cheat.
- Cheaters and fornicators will have no inheritance in the house of God.
The solution for every sin is divine forgiveness, obtained exclusively by faith. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, God Incarnate, who died in the place of every sinful man and paid the penalty for our sins. The correct solution according to the Word of God is to say to yourself: If God who is Holy, loved me the sinner, how much more I the sinner am bound to love sinful mankind like me! Because He hates sin, I too will hate sin with all my being. Do not forget that the biblical consequences of cheating are very big.
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