Can you think of a reason where it would ever be acceptable to cheat on your spouse or partner?
This would be an additional relationship that you are keeping hidden from your spouse or partner. I am not talking about an open relationship or a swinging couple.
I think if people were living for themselves and living to appease their own fleshly desires, then, yes, there are probably plenty of reasons one could use to justify marital infidelity.
But, on the other hand, if one cares about upholding Godly standards or has a high regard for decency or even practices ethical integrity, one would restrain one's self from descending into the gutter by acting upon one's carnal desires or by giving one's self license to be dishonorable.
"As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he."
So, to answer your question directly: Yes, there are many reasons to cheat, but none of them are honorable and none of them are acceptable to God.
I believe every cheater finds it "acceptable" or "justifies" their actions for cheating. The majority of people who cheat don't think in terms of what is "acceptable" but rather in terms what they (need or want). A cheater generally is looking to keep all that is good in her or his primary relationship while addressing their other needs on the side. It takes more courage to walk away from a (known) relationship to pursue an (unknown) one. Honestly I don't think there is an acceptable reason to cheat. However I do understand that it often appears to be the easier option for a lot of folks. An unhappily married man is far more likely to cheat than run down to the courthouse and file for divorce.
I could also imagine someone who has to put their loved one in a long-term health facility feeling the need to be with someone while not wanting to abandon their spouse. However I would say getting divorced and being (free) to find the love you really wants beats having to lie, sneak around, and cover your tracks!
Absolutely not. There cannot be any legitimate reason to cheat, otherwise it would not be defined as cheating. It is like asking if there is a legitimate reason to cheat on taxes or rob a bank. No, there aren't any reasons.
Although, if the marriage is illegitimate then yes, cheating is permissable because the marriage is not recognized legally. It is similar to cheating on taxes if the government is illegititmate. But, then again if the marriage is illegitimate then the term "cheating" really does not apply.
As for a "partner" I have no idea as my moral conviction is somewhat flexible depending on the situation. A partner is not a spouse and thus there is no "legal" obligation. However, does that diminish one's moral and ethical reponsibility? Certainly if one partner is "cheating" does that releave the other partner from any moral or ethical obligations not to cheat? Has there been a verbal or implied contract engaged in between the two partners?
But when all is said and done and all the excuses made -- there truly are NO excuses. Good luck!
FYI - this is only a hypothetical question. I have no intention of cheating on my spouse.
There is never a reason to cheat on your spouse. No explanation or additional comment is needed. It is something that you just should not do. If your spouse cheats on you, that still does not give you the right to cheat on him or her. The spouse does not "owe you one."
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