The Sixth Commandment and its Unwritten Rules: Should the Church Compromise to the Modern World?


Roman Catholics all over the world refer to the Holy Bible as their guide to how they live. Written in there are parables, chronicles, and “natural” laws that could lead its faithful devotees their way to the promised “eternal life with God”. The Holy Bible’s Ten Commandments is similar to the U.S. Constitution. Like how the Ten Commandments lead the lives of faithful Roman Catholics, the U.S. Constitution dictate to the Americans what to follow or what not to. Both the written rules indicate to their followers their rights, privileges, and limits in life. On the other hand, these “guiding principles of our lives” are ambiguous; they can be manipulated up to the extent where morality is deprived. As an example, lawmakers can interpret the meaning of each article in the Constitution in a way in which it can favorable to them by amending laws. Hence, people who claim to be followers of the Ten Commandments informally broaden its restrictions in such ways where their day-to-day endeavors could still remain “chaste”. The sixth commandment “Thou shall not commit adultery” (The Holy Bible), the most prevaricated commandment of the ten, is only implied as the unfaithfulness of a married person to the marriage bed; sexual intercourse by a married man with another than his


wife, or voluntary sexual intercourse by a married woman with another than her husband (Webster's). However, adultery meant in the Bible also includes related offenses such as lust, fornication, incest, pornography / obscenity, divorce, and homosexuality. Some of these, experts argue, are unavoidable and natural (like lust and homosexuality), and some have just become a part of the modern generation’s culture.


Lust is an intense or unrestrained sexual craving (The American Heritage). Some would argue that looking at the naked human body is not evil, because God made it beautiful, and Adam and Eve were naked in the garden. However, that was before sin entered the picture. Perhaps it is natural to be lured by the sexuality of the opposite gender, but it is the unrestrained thought that commits us to lust.


"The eye is the window of the soul," as the saying goes. What we look at does affect us spiritually - and can cause us to sin. Scripture gives many examples of men being enticed by the sight of a woman. Shechem saw the woman before he raped her (Genesis 34:2). David saw the woman bathing before he had sex with her (2 Samuel 11:2-5). Judah saw the harlot before he had sex with her (Genesis 38:2-3, 15-16). It was the same for Samson (Judges 14:2-3), etc. Jesus said that if a man "looks at a woman to lust after her, he has committed adultery with her already in his heart." (Matthew 5:27-28). The sin takes place even before the action is executed.


Visual stimulation is more common in man than in woman. Nonetheless, there's also one example in Scripture of a woman lusting after a man by seeing him (Genesis 39:7-12).


People that temptation of the flesh is natural to human, especially to men. Perhaps being lured is one thing, but desiring is another. It is all in the purity of the thoughts. On


the other hand, shouldn’t the seducers, such as those revealing enticing flesh (like cleavages and bellies for women and the sensual alternatives for men), share, or likewise, take the blame? According to a specific source, wearing sensual garments with the intention is also considered a misdemeanor to morality. They provoke lust.


Pornography is the presentation or production of sexually explicit pictures, writing, or other material whose primary purpose is to cause sexual arousal (The American Heritage). Although pornography is not specifically addressed in Scripture, the principle of this is certainly that "If a man looks on a woman to lust after her, he has committed adultery with her already in his heart." (Matthew 5:28). This offense probably provides the defense that those who present the obscenity are the blameworthy, and not those who are enticed. However, the moral crime committed still depends on the intentions of either or both the tempter and the tempted.


People in this kind of industry argue that they just have been creating art as well. But clearly,