The term adultery refers to a voluntary extramarital sexual intercourse between two persons who are not married to each other. It may either take place between a married man and someone else’s wife or between a married woman and someone else’s husband, with mutual consents between the two. Whatever the case be, it is considered as a sin and a crime in the eyes the society, God and law. Socially, adultery is regarded as wrong. Even the Holy Bible considers adultery to be a great sin in the eyes of the Holy God because marriage is considered as a commitment of two souls and hearts.
The act of Adultery!
The act of adultery involves two people out of which at least one person is already been married to somebody else. It is an act of engaging yourself with a participant who is not your spouse. A man who involves himself in the act of sexual intercourse with whom he is not married to is known as an adulterer. And a woman who involves herself in the act of sexual intercourse with a man with whom she is not married to is known as an adulteress.
Adultery is deemed to be objectionable in religious as well as moral grounds. Not only this, they are also considered offensive on the social and legal grounds. The consequences linked to adultery may vary, however, the concept of adultery remains the same in every religion, be it Islam, Christianity or Judaism. Cultures and societies regard adultery as a serious crime. As per the Bible, there exist three major types of adultery:
- Sexual Adultery
- Adultery without any sexual intercourse
- Spiritual Adultery
One single act of getting involved in such sexual intercourse is enough to tag you with adultery. Furthermore, many times sexual relationships that usually last for a longer term get termed as an affair or an extramarital affair. Adultery involves getting yourself engaged in unofficial and illegal sexual intercourse that is not officially legalized. Adultery does not refer to having an intercourse with multiple partners to whom you are legally and officially married.
There may be many cases where it may be felt that it is a case of adultery, however, legally the acceptance of case under adultery while filing any divorce is much different. We may need an expert or a lawyer to understand the case separately before concluding on the outcome. Any type of sexual intercourse occurring between two persons of the same sex is not considered an act of adultery. It indicates that a homosexual couple cannot claim for a divorce quoting an adultery. Any rape that occurs with someone who has not yet reached 16 years of age is also not an act of adultery.
The real sense of Adultery
There are several definitions of adultery but often people misunderstand the real sense and real meaning of adultery. Adultery must involve a sexual intercourse to happen in between the two participants, otherwise, the act would not be counted as an adultery. Any other forms of sexual activities taking place between the two would not be considered as adultery in the eyes of the law.