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Thoughts or actions?

when it comes to sin, are our thoughts punishable? or does sin only apply to our actions?


from The Nature of Existence

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okmanders

Asked by okmanders at 2:35 PM on Oct. 26, 2012 in Religious Debate

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  • Yes - "In my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and what I have failed to do". Thoughts can be fleeting, which are just that and relatively harmless. When we ponder and fantasize about sinful or immoral things, we are sinning
    adnilm

    Answer by adnilm at 2:43 PM on Oct. 26, 2012

  • Good question, btw
    adnilm

    Answer by adnilm at 2:43 PM on Oct. 26, 2012

  • Lust, envy, those are thoughts but deemed "sinful" by some.
    tnm786

    Answer by tnm786 at 3:04 PM on Oct. 26, 2012

  • tnm786. I think you nailed it, maybe not intentionally, but sin is inward the action comes after the thought
    adnilm

    Answer by adnilm at 3:16 PM on Oct. 26, 2012

  • so i guess the thought sins are say if we were to make time to lust or couldnt get over someone having something we want? but not the simple act of thinking "wow he's attractive" or "i wish i had a new car"? otherwise just the temptation itself would be sinful, but temptation isnt sinful (since Jesus was tempted & is without sin).

    our brains often think things without us consciously choosing to...would God punish us for that?
    okmanders

    Comment by okmanders (original poster) at 3:46 PM on Oct. 26, 2012

  • "wow he's attractive" or "i wish i had a new car"
    >>
    Well, I think there's a difference between what you said and say...why I think he's hot I want to fuck him. Or your car scenario followed by... I think I'll steal one.
    adnilm

    Answer by adnilm at 4:19 PM on Oct. 26, 2012

  • i think so, moreso than the action. where do our thoughts come from..our 'heart'?
    1 Samuel 16:7
    our 'sinful' acts only display what our thoughts/hearts. that's why its so hard to change ourselves..religiously speaking or not. IMO
    when we want/need to change (either from a repentent heart, or say, an alcoholic to control his drinking., for lack of another analogy), we must stop our inner voice's bidding/control..heart/mind..to control the action.
    kwim?
    eh, its been a long day...
    dullscissors

    Answer by dullscissors at 6:39 PM on Oct. 26, 2012

  • I don't know. I do believe our thoughts are powerful, but I don't know
    RyansMom001

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 6:48 PM on Oct. 26, 2012

  • "Well, I think there's a difference between what you said and say...why I think he's hot I want to fuck him. Or your car scenario followed by... I think I'll steal one."

    but is the thought "i want to fuck him" a sin even if you never even talk to the guy? same with the car, if i say "i should steal one" then walk away...is that still a sin even tho there is no acting on that thought?
    okmanders

    Comment by okmanders (original poster) at 9:29 PM on Oct. 26, 2012

  • Jesus said that if a man so looks upon a woman and lusts for her, then he has committed adultery in his heart.  So I would say yes to those thoughts that we dwell upon, because that is what lust is, dwelling. 

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:31 PM on Oct. 26, 2012

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