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Title: Adultery


1
Adultery
  • Is It Justified In Some Cases?

2
When the Vow BreaksIs infidelity justified if
your spouse has dementia?Mary A. Fischer // AARP
Magazine (Nov. 2011, p. 81)
  • Every Saturday around noon, Herb, 83, kisses his
    wife good-bye, then leaves their New York
    apartment and spends the afternoon with his
    girlfriend. His wife, Ruth, 73, has no idea her
    husband is seeing another woman. Three years
    after being diagnosed with Alzheimers disease,
    Ruth can barely speak or recognize Herb She
    cant hug or even kiss me anymore, says Herb. I
    longed for that closeness with a woman.

3
When the Vow BreaksIs infidelity justified if
your spouse has dementia?Mary A. Fischer // AARP
Magazine (Nov. 2011, p. 81)
  • Herbs situation is increasingly common, experts
    say ... Alzheimers and other cogitative
    disorders has created, it seems, a new type of
    spouse women and men who care for their partners
    but find romance outside the marriage Add in
    other forms of dementia and youve got a sizable
    population in need of care, many of them married.

4
Human Morality Is Being Advocated
  • God, not man directs our steps (Jer. 1023)
  • Mans morality leads to problems (Judg. 176
    2125)

5
When the Vow BreaksIs infidelity justified if
your spouse has dementia?Mary A. Fischer // AARP
Magazine (Nov. 2011, p. 81)
  • But the caregivers face a quandary They crave
    intimacy but view extra-marital affairs as a
    serious moral violation ... Many religious and
    ethical teachers agree.
  • Still, a new focus on the emotional needs of
    caregivers has prompted some psychologists,
    social workers, and even religious leaders to
    redefine adultery.

6
A New Definition of AdulteryIs Being Advocated
  • Adultery is defined by God, not redefined by
    man
  • All sexual relationships outside of a
    God-ordained marriage are acts of adultery (Mt.
    532 199 Mk. 1011-2 Lk. 1618
    Rom. 73)
  • All adulterers will be judged (Jn. 83-4,11 1
    Cor. 69 Gal. 519 Heb. 134 Rev. 222)

7
Adultery Is Being Advocated
  • What Does the New Testament Say?
  • Moikalis (adulterous) Mt. 1239 164 Mk.
    838 Rom. 73 Jas. 44 2 Pet. 214
  • Moikaomai (commit adultery) Mt. 532 199
    Mk. 1011-12
  • Moikia (adultery) Mt. 1519 Mk. 721 Jn. 83
    Gal. 519
  • Moikuo (commit adultery) Mt. 527-28 1918
    Mk. 1019 Lk. 1618 1820 Jn. 84 Rom. 222
    139 Jas. 211 Rev. 222
  • Moikos (adulterers) Lk. 1811 1 Cor. 69 Heb.
    134 Jas. 44

8
When the Vow BreaksIs infidelity justified if
your spouse has dementia?Mary A. Fischer // AARP
Magazine (Nov. 2011, p. 81-82)
  • Says New Jersey rabbi Richard F. Address, The
    longevity revolution has created a variety of new
    life stages. Were confronted with the challenge
    of having our religion adapt to these new
    realities.
  • Even televangelist Pat Robertson recently said
    that it might be ethical for a man to divorce his
    Alzheimers-stricken wife and remarry. I cant
    fault the man for wanting some kind of
    companionship, he said

9
A Change In ReligionIs Being Advocated
  • God (Mal. 36 Jas. 117) and Jesus (Heb.
    111-12 138) do not change in their character
  • The NT does not change (Psa. 3311-12 11989
    1 Pet. 125)
  • The pattern of the NT church does not change
    (2 Thess. 215 2 Tim. 113)

10
When the Vow BreaksIs infidelity justified if
your spouse has dementia?Mary A. Fischer // AARP
Magazine (Nov. 2011, p. 82)
  • For caregivers contemplating new relationships,
    some ethical guidelines can help. Foremost is
    maintaining high-quality care for the ailing
    spouse. As long as you provide dignified care
    and honor your spouse, you need not feel guilty
    about seeking extramarital companionship, says
    Cynthia Epstein, a licensed social worker at New
    York Universitys Langone Medical Center.
    Dementia can persist for 20 years, she adds
    Thats a long time do without a gratifying
    connection.

11
When the Vow BreaksIs infidelity justified if
your spouse has dementia?Mary A. Fischer // AARP
Magazine (Nov. 2011, p. 82)
  • Ethicist Arthur Caplan agrees. I dont think it
    is abandonment or disloyalty to form a new
    relationship once your spouse declines to the
    point where they cannot possibly interact, love,
    or respond, says Caplan, director of the Center
    for Bioethic at the University of Pennsylvania.
    As long as you do your best to make sure they
    are properly cared for, you are entitled to seek
    companionship.

12
Situation Ethics and Moral RelativityAre Being
Advocated
  • Clearly, what is being advocated by these
    licensed experts is situation ethics and moral
    relativity that is, it is justified to commit
    adultery given the situation of Alzheimer's,
    dementia, etc.
  • Remember, wrong is wrong, sin is sin as defined
    by God and in all situations (Rom. 323 1 Jn.
    34 517)
  • We are not allowed to do evil that good may come
    (Rom. 38 61)

13
Situation Ethics and Moral RelativityAre Being
Advocated
  • Situation ethics insults God (Rom. 34)
  • Situation ethics deifies man (Prov. 1412)
  • Situation ethics redefines the Bible and sin
    (Jn. 1248 1717 1 Jn. 35 1517)
  • Situation ethics perverts love (Jn. 1415 1514
    Rom. 138-10 1 Jn. 54)

14
What Other Cases of Adultery Will We Justify in
the Future?
  • Situations involving a coma or a stroke
  • Situations involving an extended hospital stay
  • Situations of pedophilia or incest

15
When the Vow BreaksIs infidelity justified if
your spouse has dementia?Mary A. Fischer // AARP
Magazine (Nov. 2011, p. 82)
  • The article goes on to discuss the following
    issues
  • What constitutes proper care
  • Married caregivers must respect prospective
    partners enough to provide clear ground rules
  • Those considering dating a married caregiver must
    be realistic

16
When the Vow BreaksIs infidelity justified if
your spouse has dementia?Mary A. Fischer // AARP
Magazine (Nov. 2011, p. 82)
  • The article goes on to discuss the following
    issues
  • Should caregivers confess their new
    relationships?
  • Those married with dementia should seek romances
  • What about lonely caregivers who believe dating
    is unacceptable?

17
When the Vow BreaksIs infidelity justified if
your spouse has dementia?Mary A. Fischer // AARP
Magazine (Nov. 2011, p. 82)
  • For his part, caregiver Herb sees a therapist
    weekly and often discusses his guilt over his
    affair. Still, he says, his girlfriends
    affection has revitalized him. Im still a
    normal male who has needs, he says, and this
    new relationship has been wonderful.

18
What Is A Christian To Do?
  • But evil men and impostors shall wax worse and
    worse, deceiving and being deceived.
  • But abide thou in the things which thou hast
    learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom
    thou hast learned them.
  • And that from a babe thou hast known the sacred
    writings which are able to make thee wise unto
    salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
  • Every scripture inspired of God is also
    profitable for teaching, for reproof, for
    correction, for instruction which is in
    righteousness.
  • That the man of God may be complete, furnished
    completely unto every good work. (2 Timothy
    313-17)
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