There are several parts in the bible where Jesus talks about adultery either directly or indirectly.
He never condones or excuses it. However, it does seem that He understands that people are people and we often find ourselves in “compromising situations”.
Jesus believed in and kept the ten commandments. This is the Law of God, written by God into two tables of stone. These tables of stone signified the enduring permanence of all 10 of the commandments. And number 7 on that list is “Thou shalt not commit adultery”.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
How Jesus Views It
Jesus understood God’s love for even the worst of sinners. Jesus also knew that if people could see the Father and how He truly is, then hearts would be changed and lives turned around.
Jesus wasn’t offended by people because of their lifestyle choices. He loved them just the same.
God’s love was for the WHOLE WORLD. Not just those people who think that they’re better than anyone else (although they’re included too).
In the fourth chapter of the book of John, Jesus meets a woman who is Samaritan, and changes her life.
Good story. Lots of good stuff in it.
In this story Jesus again demonstrates what a real walk with the Father will do for you (and others by extension). Particularly how the Original Christian demonstrates His understanding of how to interact with “those people”.
In this one story, Jesus destroys the conscious and subconscious attitudes on race, ethnicity, lifestyle choices, and religious persuasion in a chance meeting at the local watering hole.
Let’s take a look. But before we do, we have to lay down the unwritten context of the story.
1. Jewish folks and Samaritans had a long running feud between both peoples because both were descendants of Abraham. You can still see it to this day.
2. The Jews had obviously taken God’s instructions to stay away from the “non-believers” to the extreme by not even “dealing” with the Samaritans.
3. The woman was most likely an outcast because of her lifestyle choices.
4. In the patriarchal societies of the middle-east, fraternization between the sexes in public was a no-no.
But we can see that God is not concerned with any of those things and true christians shouldn’t be either.
How do we know that?
Because it was Jesus who initiated the contact. He started the conversation. He approached this “other” woman.
We actually don’t have to go any further. The simple fact that He is the one initiating contact says it all.
But, if we listen in on the conversation a little more, we can find out even more about Jesus’ brand of Christianity. And, its worth looking into.
After Jesus approaches the woman, her response to Him speaks volumes. You can hear the combination of shock and even a little contempt in it. Personally, I also like to think that there was a little curiosity mixed in there too.
“You’re asking me to get you a drink? Don’t you people think that you’re too good and people like me too dirty to be treated like a servant? Why can’t you get your own water?”
But Jesus wanted to help her. He cared about her personally. And, it was His mission to clear up all the misconceptions that people had about the Father. And looking at the rest of her conversation, it’s easy to understand that this Samaritan just needed a little help in clearing up her understanding of who God was and what His will was.
As He continued, it was clear to the woman that he was different than most, if not all, the other Jewish people she had come across.
First, He didn’t have any concern about interacting with some “heathen”.
And, He seemed to be throwing all the cultural and ethnic baggage that people carry around with them out the window too.
Finally, Jesus makes it clear that worshiping the Father is not a “territorial” thing. God is too big to be found in only one place and by one people.
Then Jesus gets into what the Father wants each of His children to understand. Namely, that real worship is a matter of having a true inner experience. An experience that can be taken anywhere you go because it’s inside you. Not out there somewhere.
With that type of understanding and experience, the believer can always be secure about their standing with God.
In one exchange, Jesus removes the supposed spiritual and mental control exerted on the masses by power hungry religious leaders and zealots. He also removes the notion that the Creator of the universe willingly limits Himself to only residing at one holy site or another.
And then He gives back to the believing individual the ability and power to develop a personal relationship with God as they are led personally.
In this encounter, the purposes of Jesus’ mission are seen. He demonstrates that God is so interested in you that He makes the first move. And, also, He demonstrates that true Christianity does not get hung up on “outward appearances”.
Love for the Father. Love for His neighbor. That about sums it up.
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Are you actually risen with Christ? If so, are you seeking things that are above? Can you name them? Ask yourself if a “good job” is above. Or, if certain laws or political policies are “above”.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying they aren’t important. They are. But, they are subordinate.
Seek God’s kingdom and His right doing and things will work out for the better.
When the angels were on their way to investigate the decadence of the cities of the plain, God made known to Abraham what His intentions were.
Looking at Abraham’s response indicates the relationship that he had with his God. Basically, Abraham said, “This isn’t like you. You don’t destroy the good with the bad”.
This is not a treatise on death, but rather an indication of how well Abraham knew God. What Abraham didn’t quite understand was that God knew more than he did about that specific situation and that He knew what He was doing.
Do you know God or His voice well enough to understand when something you hear about Him isn’t right?