Yes, dating a married man is a sin and is called adultery. There is no reason to justify adultery. Marriage is a sacred commitment between a man and a woman and no one has the right to destroy it ( Matthew 19: 6 ). Dating a married man is destructive to everyone involved.
Dating a married person causes:
- Suffering for that person’s family
- Guilt feelings in adulterers
- Pain, rejection, loneliness, mistrust
- Separation from God
What if I fall in love?
Even if you are passionate about a married person, you have no right to date. One of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control. Falling in love happens but you need to learn to master that feeling ( 1 Thessalonians 4: 4-6 ). Ask God for help to end this passion. If the desire is too strong, stay as far away from that person as possible, so as not to commit sin.
See here: What does the Bible say about passion?
What if the wedding is only on paper?
Wait until it’s not on paper. Even though it is only an official union, dating a married person is a very bad idea. Dating should be thinking about the possibility of marriage and marriage cannot happen if one of the two is already married. Furthermore, saying that marriage is only on paper is often a way of curling. Only date those who are single ( Deuteronomy 5:18 ).
Also read: what does God say about dating?
I’m dating a married person, what do I do?
Ask God for forgiveness and break up. This can be difficult but remember: you have no right to date that person. Do not destroy a marriage. In the end, this relationship will only bring pain and sadness to you and the broken family. Have the courage to do the right thing.
God forgives those who repent ( 1 John 1: 9 ). Jesus forgave the adulterous woman but gave her a warning: “sin no more”. Trust in God and stop sinning. The right person God has for you is not married.