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December 17, 2008

’Life is Short So Have an Affair’

This is the motto of the Ashley Madison Agency, an agency that will help married folks hook up with each other. For a mere $249 they will even guarantee that you will have an affair within 90 days or they will give you your money back.

Hmmmm, this might make me wonder what my spouse sees in me.

According to the article here, 30-60% of married folk have affairs and, as deception begets deception, 2-3% of those affairs result in a child whom the women do not tell their husbands is someone else's.

Ashley Madison makes it sound so inviting, so easy, and hey -- no one will know! What they don’t tell you about is the heartache and betrayal that happens when the affair is discovered. From the innocent spouse to the child that isn’t told who his real father is, there is a trail of tears, broken hearts, and lost trust in relationships.

Study after study demonstrates the disastrous effects divorce has on relationships. How sad it is to promote infidelity and risk the breaking of a marriage and family for sordid gain.

Ashley Madison’s motto reflects its worldview. “Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we may die.” If marriage is simply an arrangement between two people, then why not have affairs and go for all the gusto you can get?

But that’s man’s view of marriage. The creator of marriage, God, views marriage as a covenant, two people becoming one flesh. A lifelong, till death do us part covenant.

Ashley Madison and their customers would do well to pay attention to what Solomon tells us in Proverbs 6:

 

. . . Keeping you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of the wayward wife. Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life. Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched? So is he who sleeps with another man's wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished. Men do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving. Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house. But a man who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself. Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never be wiped away; for jealousy arouses a husband's fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge. He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse the bribe, however great it is.

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Benjamen R. Meyer

Interesting, and I fully agree with you Dennis.

Though, don't most U.S. States still have Adultery listed as a criminal crime on their books? (Though most don't enforce it any more.) So wouldn't there be a problem for them?

Or would do they need to be concerned about being a prostitution-ring or brothel (since they are essentially selling sex to both parties)?

Hmm...they may very well be running afoul of the law...

LeeQuod

I'm reminded of "The Pina Colada Song", and wondering if the Ashley Madison Agency is liable if the person they hook you up with is your spouse...

labrialumn

Well, that is the advertising copy. Genetic studies of y chromosomes in families in Yorkshire showed that at least 700 years could typically go by without any of these children of adultery occurring.

I suppose that -that- kind of statistic might put a cramp in their business, though.

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