"Amour Adulterine:": The Myriad Flirtations of the Soul

Thursday, 07 Jun 2007

True love, because it wants to share and get to know the other person, is patient and has true selfless regard for the other person, considering them worth the wait. Lust, on the other hand, because it has no concern for the other, is impatient and selfish and therefore takes and violates others, even if it injures and destroys.
When many Christians, especially the literati, hear the words, "You shall not commit adultery," they probably think of the heroine's indiscretion in The Scarlet Letter. To be sure, their impulse is correct because Hester Prynne's sin is the quintessential example of this transgression. But how would those same Christians respond to the following query: Which is the more telling sin, the fact that Prynne committed adultery, or that she later justified it by saying to her lover, "What we did had a consecration of its own"? Our response to ...

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