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Are disturbing thoughts a sin? Are spontaneous, violent, sexual, or blasphemous thoughts a sin?

Almost everyone has bothersome and bad thoughts at some point. These involuntary, unwanted images, phrases, or impulses are extremely common. Spontaneous and disturbing, haunted thoughts about violence against children or animals, inappropriate sexual contact and blasphemy can be very disturbing and even raise questions about their salvation in some. But are these thoughts a sin at all?

God is not surprised by our disturbing thoughts. He knows all of our thoughts - intentional and otherwise (Psalm 139: 2). He also knows the weakness of the human mind - "The Lord knows the thoughts of man, that they are a breath" (Psalm 94:11).

One of the greatest worries is that God might not forgive us for these intrusive and blasphemous thoughts. God knows that the wicked commit blasphemy (Psalm 10: 4), but He is always ready to forgive - “The wicked leave his way and the man of wickedness his thoughts! And if he turn back to the LORD, he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he is rich in forgiveness ”(Isaiah 55: 7). In addition, God is also very well aware of the difference between the beliefs of a bad heart and the fleeting thoughts of someone who knows and follows him (1 Chronicles 28: 9). "For the word of God is alive and effective and sharper than any two-edged sword and piercing to the separation of soul and spirit, both of the joints and of the marrow, and a judge of the thoughts and dispositions of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12).

God gave us tools to combat bad and intrusive thoughts. Psalm 139: 23-24 encourages us to submit our hearts and minds to God. He can judge if there is anything bad in us to deal with. If the thoughts are seriously unsolicited and spontaneous, 2 Corinthians 10: 3-5 explains how to proceed: “For although we walk in the flesh, we do not fight according to the flesh; for the weapons of our struggle are not carnal, but mighty for God to destroy fortresses; thus we destroy exaggerated thought structures and every height that rises against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive under the obedience of Christ. Blasphemous, bad, harmful and perverse thoughts and tendencies are part of spiritual warfare and we need God's help to fight them. By studying the scriptures, reconfirming the truth in our thoughts, and memorizing verses, we can largely limit or even overcome disturbing thoughts. “When there were many troubled thoughts in me, your consolations made my soul happy” (Psalm 94:19).

Disturbing thoughts are not necessarily sin - even blasphemous ones. Our minds are weak and easily influenced by the world around us. But intentionally exposing yourself to blasphemy, violence, or other bad things can be sin. The more we surround ourselves with worldly things, the more the world will invade our thoughts. Instead, we should focus on what is honorable, true, and pure (Philippians 4: 8). If we surround ourselves with good things, God will bless us: “Happy the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked, does not enter the path of sinners and does not sit in the circle of mockers, but delights in the law of the Lord and beyond his law ponders day and night! It is like a tree, planted by streams of water, which bears its fruit in its own time and whose leaves do not wither; everything he does, he succeeds ”(Psalm 1: 1-3).

Sometimes bad thoughts can be more than just spiritual. If memorizing the verses and prayer does not significantly reduce bad thoughts and tendencies, then our own body chemistry may be involved. Bad and destructive thoughts include symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, postpartum depression, and attention deficit disorder. Just as God provides trained professionals in spiritual matters, so He also provides physicians and counselors with physical matters. When the disturbing thoughts become too paralyzing and debilitating, it should be recognized that the “path of hardship” (Psalm 139:24) may require the humility to actively seek help.


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Are disturbing thoughts a sin? Are spontaneous, violent, sexual, or blasphemous thoughts a sin?
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