Okay, I am really lost with this. Someone asked for my opinion on this and I think the opinion I gave them beforehand might have been misinformed.
Matthew 5:28 says “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”. When I first heard this I thought alrighty having a sexual thought about someone is wrong. Take your thoughts captive. Period. I also read an opinion on a Christian site saying that “having sexual thoughts about someone else is lowering the value of another individual as you’re just using them a pawn in your fantasy”. Originally, I agreed with this and shared this opinion with the individual.
However, then I became unsure about my opinion. Adultery, defined by google, is “voluntary intercourse between a married person and an individual who is not their spouse” So, is the person in the scripture a married man having sexual thoughts about someone other than is wife? If so, does that mean single people can have sexual thoughts? Anytime I hear about sex, it is always talked in the context of marriage which I agree with. However, if a single person has sexual thoughts with the context being their wedding night, is that sinful?
Then, a fellow Christian told me that having sexual thoughts about another isn’t wrong, it’s just a natural part of pubescence. It’s okay to have sexual thoughts about another. But, then I thought “wait, I’m not sure about that.” There’s times when I think “wait if I tell a little lie in this situation…” or “well, this pen was just lying on the desk and I need one to complete this piece of work…” if I accept these thoughts, then it would still be considered the sinful act of lying or stealing. These are thoughts that come naturally to me but when the temptation comes up I have to take my thoughts captive and overcome it with the lord helping me. (Okay those weren’t great examples but I hope you guys get the jist.” So, then I thought isn’t the case of having sexual thoughts about another just another example of a time of taking your thoughts captive?
Now, I’m unsure of where I stand now. I’m leaning towards my initial opinion but I’m not fully there. Your thoughts?
|November 10, 2016 at 14:38|
Hey Courage! I’ve been thinking about how to reply and here’s my answer:
|November 11, 2016 at 10:03|
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