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THE BIBLE, FLIRTING, AND DESIRE

UNDAILY Episode 159


“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. “It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

MATTHEW 5, 27-32 (NIV)


What does it mean to be a Christian in today's world? Does Jesus really expect us to be perfect? Is everyone who looks at someone with desire truly condemned to eternal damnation? Or is there something deeper, something we don’t see at first glance? Let’s admit it, how many times have we thought that these words are too harsh, that Jesus is exaggerating? After all, we live in a world where flirtatious glances and innocent flirting are commonplace, and moral boundaries are constantly being pushed. We might say it's part of human nature, something unavoidable. But this is where the core message lies. Jesus doesn’t say this to condemn us but to free us. To free us from the bondage of sin that begins in the heart (...)


 

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