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Adultery Incorporated

The business of adultery took a hit recently when a hacker opened up the Ashley Madison website and revealed the names and account details of the 37,000,000 registered there. These had been attracted by the sites motto “Life is short. Have an affair,”

The secrecy, under which it had operated over the last 14 years, removed last week, at the touch of a hacker’s finger – causing global consternation!

Technology has provided the vehicle for the largely atheistic society to work out the implications of their unbelief in God. If the commandment “Thou shall not commit adultery” does not apply and humankind simply evolved by chance then adulterous behaviour is to be expected.

Perhaps it is the scale of the business that astounded people as it seems to lend credence to the founders comment “monogamy, in my opinion, is a failed experiment”!

Popular culture, led by the entertainment world, supports this contention. ‘Soaps’ continually push the boundaries of decency treating any experiment in sexual gratification as the norm. In this environment where no moral boundaries exist adultery is treated as customary. Multitudes take their cue from these ‘soaps’ producing incalculable hurt and broken lives.

The Bible ridicules the idea that anything can be hidden from God ‘Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight’ (Hebrews 4 verse 13). If you assume for a moment there is a God it would be folly to suppose that it could be otherwise.

The sinners questions, “Who will see me? And “Who will know?” (Isaiah 29 verse 15) are met with the resounding “Thou God seest me” (Genesis 16 verse 13).

For those who have knowingly enlisted in elicit internet activities the way back to peace of mind and peace with God is to confess to those cheated and truly repent. Some have called this repentance “the never again of a sin sick heart”.

The Lord is gracious and can forgive as he did in the case of the woman caught in the act of adultery (St John Chapter 8 verses 10/11).

He can also forgive the sins of the repentant atheist who recognises the mess his life is in and turns to Jesus the only one who has the power to forgive completely as he bore all sin in his body on the cross (1Peter Chapter 2 verse 24).

This salvation introduces the sinner to a new landscape, one where those who previously were thought weird now seem sensible as the scales fall off and vision is restored.