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In light of the words of Jesus in Matthewhow does a "virtual" affair differ in any ificant way from a real-life affair? If it isn't different, does my spouse's involvement with cybersex give me grounds for divorce? I recently discovered that he's been involved in an ongoing "relationship" via the Internet. He claims that there's nothing adulterous about this kind of activity. According to him, it's just another form of sexual fantasy.
I strongly disagree. What do you think? Is it really a more serious problem than, say, addiction to online pornography? To put it bluntly, can it be regarded as adulterous sexual behavior?
And second, if it is adulterous, does that mean that it gives the violated partner biblical grounds for divorce? As we see it, there are no straightforward, cut-and-dried answers to either of these questions.
You can see this clearly if you stop and think for a moment about the first part of your problem. How is it perceived and experienced, physically, mentally, and emotionally, on the individual level? Some participants may approach it as a genuine interpersonal encounter with meaningful relational overtones.
This, as we see it, is the big twist. This is not a passive experience. It requires participation and interaction. There are clinical factors to be taken into as well. But sometimes this is not the case. Sometimes participants, egged on by the intensity of their feelings, take the next step by exchanging personal information.
When this happens, there is a strong possibility that the affair will eventually take a very real and physical turn indeed. At that point the question of adultery will no longer be merely theoretical. Much depends on the degree to which he regrets his actions. Is he repentant and willing to change his behavior? That would make all the difference in the world. Have you been subjected to abuse of any kind? Is the abuse so severe that you feel as if your personal safety and that of your children, if you have any is being compromised?
If so, we would advise you to separate from your spouse as soon as possible. Insist that the two of you seek professional marital counseling together.
Talk to a trusted friend, pastor, or spiritual advisor. If necessary, arrange for some kind of intervention. Hold the line, keep your dignity, and stay on your knees. If you think it might be helpful to discuss your situation at greater length, call our counselors for a free phone consultation.
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