Lust and Idolization Lead To AdulteryAdultery Blinds Us To Reality
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, You shall not commit adultery. But I say to you that whoever looks at a anyone to desire them (lust after) has already committed adultery with them in their heart.”
Definition Synonyms For Lust After
Other synonyms for the Greek word are desire, covet and lust. The most commonly used English word for this Greek word in King James according to Strong’s Concordance is desire used 8 different times, lust after only 3 times. Desire has two different roads one that leads to good things and one that leads to things that are very destructive.
Idolization And Imagination
One thing that I find that is left out of the definition is idolization. Idolization is a focus on an image. I find that for instance when I go to Pinterest and they have a picture of a pumpkin pie and it turns me on to the point of having one. I have a visual image in my mind and my taste buds of what the taste and texture is that I want. So I go to a store where I find this perfect pie and purchase it. But often the taste, texture, and image will not be the same as my imagination. But I accept it anyway. In this manner I am idolizing or creating a picture in my mind of something that I desire. When I lust after anything whether it be a thing, person or God it is my idolization or imagination. We create an image of the things we lust for. This image includes all of our senses, the same as when we lust after someone or something. It happens through our imagination of what I want. Adultery or infidelity is an event against myself, others and God.
Since we are talking about God I look at adultery in this manner as against God. For me adultery against God is the result of our desires that do not agree with the principles of Jesus Christ. The world we live in, places the focus of lust on the adultery of marital relationships. By doing this we are not students of the nature of the idol and become legislators of our positioning. Unable to see the destructive nature of the adultery we are committing by idolizing the legislation.
I believe that God wants every person that believes in him to be aware of their surroundings and to use His principles through Jesus Christ as a guide to life. When this is placed into action, a person gives up their imaginations for a desire of learning reality.
Motivation Based Upon Desire
Adultery against God is a motivated by our imagination of self gratification or what can I do to get what I want. People use their self gratification to accuse, making themselves feel superior by belittling. In marital relationships this spirit eventually leads to the need for separation. Either emotionally or legally. Jesus says divorce is not of God but a law that makes the people feel good by allowing them to fulfill their desires. In this manner the focus and understanding of adultery is very narrow. This literal belief becomes impaled in our laws and legislation, making it impossible to even discuss any options instead of divorce, ignoring any possible resolution. Defending this lust creates the need for each party of the relationship to ignore each others position and follow their own desire. This is called ignorance the result of ignoring leads to anger where nothing is resolved. In turn leading to the separation of people and families.
Only by viewing this as a parable and a student Am I able to see the many other options of this event.
The visible point is that lusting after anything without placing the principles of Jesus first, is an adultery against all of my relationships and adultery against God. Any desired creation that seeks only personal satisfaction without reflecting the principles of Jesus is adultery against God.
The greatest love any person could ever have would be putting the principles of Jesus in the center of a relationship, then use them as a guide to learn about each other. This would be far more valuable then having all of the gold in the world. It would insure respect and opportunity for both to become the best people possible. In order to do this both would have to be committed to His principles individually as students.
In life we all have lusts or needs that go far beyond our own righteousness. Spirits from imagination and lust make us individually feel good but the feeling is only temporary. The only true reward is to understand life by applying the quotes of Jesus to every day of our lives.
Our desires have a specific value that places focus on ourselves creating a blindness that is only removed through the power in self discipline.
An open mind of a student ask questions concerning any given issue arising in their lives. Questions create engagement and solutions. While unfiltered imaginations create isolation by ignoring solutions. This creates arrogance that has no value other than self gratification.
Remember when reading any quotes from Jesus, it is important to read them as a student and a parable to life. In doing this, look for continuity within other quotes and multiple applications to your life. Please keep in mind my opinions are a reflection of my view of the quotes of Jesus. Reading them as a parable allows everyone the opportunity to digest the content selflessly on their own level.