Infidelity

Posted: 03/19/2008 by that's Elbert in Christianity, culture, families

donviti at DelawareLiberal.net pointed out a Today Show story that says…

For one species of flatworm that lives in the gills of freshwater fish, monogamy is the rule. But for humans and every other living creature, biologists believe nature prefers that man and beast have multiple sexual partners.

It would appear that they are trying to come up with excuses for the former Democrat Governor Eliot Spitzer:

With that in mind, some biologists say we shouldn’t be too surprised when public figures like former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and others get caught cheating on their mates.

We may just be wired that way.

I would guess that someone can’t help it if he/she were to cheat on their spouse. It’s in the genes so they have to do it. They have no choice. Right?

We all have choices to make. From the report:

…humans do have the ability to override their genetic and biological programming. And, studies show, most people do…

and further:

Both agreed that “biology made me do it” isn’t an excuse for infidelity.

“We have to be realistic about our human nature. We have these impulses to stray,” said Buss. “But we also have inhibitions against straying and the ability to choose whether or not we do.”

Those “impulses” are part of that thing known as the “sin nature” in man. All of mankind is under this curse of the “sin nature” because we sinned against God. Believing in Jesus, who came to earth to rescue us from this sin nature curse, allows us to tap into the power to overcome those impulses.

And to all this, I add Romans 8:12-14 (NIV):

Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

Let me close this with one additional thought. With regard to sexual behavior, I don’t think that you can compare humans with animals and other creatures. Humans are unique in the earth in that they are created in God’s image:

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
(Genesis 1:26-27, NIV)

 

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Comments
  1. donviti says:

    the bible is a joke.

    man and woman were created equal it says right? but then it talks about a woman as a piece of property later on.

    spare me. It is so full of contradictions it is laughable.

  2. donviti, this is going to sound like a broken record from DelawareLiberal but I don’t know where it says that man and woman are equal. In Genesis it does talk about her being a help, which if I recall in the original language literally means someone that comes along side. I don’t know that it would imply equality though.

  3. Erin J says:

    Without commenting on the above comment discussion…

    I agree that what sets us apart from the beasts are our ability to overrule the impulse of what we find less than desirable in the eyes of whomever we want to emulate (for me that’s God)

    Lets look at another argument as well– Murder.

    Most beasts are hardwired to kill other creatures for a variety of reasons. Many social animals have been known to kill for position with mates or in the pack. Our history shows similar behavior both in Bible history and the more commonly believed evolutionary history.

    Should we then begin allowing this action because we are “hardwired to do so?” Or do we find that action too “inexcusable”? Should we begin excusing for any behavior that we might be predisposed to? I’d hope not.

    Its true that no one is perfect (we are all sinners) but enough excuses and more personal responsibility please!!!

    **Sigh**

  4. donviti says:

    erin,

    what would you call the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?

  5. Erin J says:

    At this point I would not call them my wars. When the purpose was to free a society from a terrible dictator and allow the society to flourish (as I believed at the time) I was all for it. I continue to support the troops however as well as the President as the leader of our country (though I may disagree with him), as Jesus said “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”

    — BTW– I’m not computer-speak-literate enough to italicize or red-letter the words of Jesus. I would if I could though…

  6. swampcritter2 says:

    I’m sure all those people buried in mass graves across Iraq (or their relatives who survived and wondered where their loved ones were) are seriously upset because a Christian nation deposed Saddam. Didn’t he at least make the trains run on time?

  7. I’ve got to bust on you donviti, but why is it that everything swirls around The Long War (terrorism)? C’mon man. Erin wasn’t discussing war.