Does An Affair Break Or Ruin a Marriage?

Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”
- I CORINTHIANS 6:16 [NIV]

There are, of course, several ways to experience oneness. The sexual relationship is one of them. The question I am posing is, does an affair ruin a marriage? When Paul was addressing the Corinthians’ habit of visiting temple prostitutes (male and female), he admonished them to stop, arguing that it is not right to be one in flesh with someone other than a mate. He says the ritual is to stop; he does not say marriages are over for all the believers who participated. Does the sex act ruin or break spiritual oneness? I do not see how, in light of Scripture. It is an act that is to cease, for it is sin, but it is not the end of the marriage. I have seen more than one marriage weather an affair. I want to go lightly on this topic, especially in an age where the sex act has become something less than special, and if sex is not held as sacred or special before marriage, it is easy to understand why it is not sacred or special to so many after marriage. However, I must speak my convictions on the matter and give hope to those who have so suffered. An affair of the flesh cannot break spiritual oneness! After all, if it could, then so could a rape, and that would not even make sense to doubly punish a victim.

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