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Is The Thought Of Evil Sin

Is the mere thought of evil or wrong doing considered sin?

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 ---Drew on 2/12/07
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More excellent way, I didn't mean to make it sound as if I disagree with you on other answers, in fact I love most of your answers but this seem to be an important point since many people believe there is righteous people out there without Christ. Some because they are good people and not saved, I know many of those. But the good they do is not to give glorify God, from which all good things come. And anything not of faith is sin. Peace brother
---MarkV. on 12/9/09

More excellent way, you have miss interpreted the passages in Luke 15:7. The passage does not teach there is righteous people by nature, meaning, righteous without Christ, in fact it is talking about those who think themselves righteous who need no repentance, (5:32, 18:9).
In Luke 5:32, Jesus says the same thing, "I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance" here the Lord says those who think they are whole -"self righteous" don't seek healing (Matt. 9:12). If you were correct in your interpretation then the passage in Romans 3:9-12 would mean that Paul would have lied to the Christians. Scripture does not contradict.
---MarkV. on 12/8/09

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"As he thinketh in his heart, so is he" Pro.23:7.

Brethren, An evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth evil things, and all these evil things come from within, and defile the man : Adultery, fornication, murder, theft, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, blasphemy, pride & foolishness. Mark 7:21:22

Our Lord, who knows the hearts of all men, said "Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart", b/c when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:15
---Shawn.M.T on 12/7/09

Excellent way,
Very good but others wont agree.
---duane on 12/7/09

SOME people, BY NATURE, are "righteous".

Luke 15:7
"righteous persons who need no repentance".

THEIR SPIRIT is compatible with God's Spirit (needs training and refinement, but IN JESUS, their attitudes/behavior will be HOLY), and their thoughts will include....

..............NOT CAUSING EVIL.

So, having "THOUGHTS" about "wrongdoing" does not mean you have the INTENTION of committing/causing wrongdoing.

We received the FINAL cleansing for our souls, and we should...

Hebrews 10:2
"no longer have any consciousness of sin".

Romans 8:16
"bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God".

Verses are from the RSV.
---more_excellent_way on 12/7/09

Read the Beatitudes for your answer!
---PASTOR_JIM on 12/6/09

Good for you Jack and Debby.

Even CHrist was tempted. Do you not think that after 40 days of not eating that He was tempted to turn those stones in bread as Satan suggested? Why did the devil wait 40 days to tempt Him? Because He knew Christ would weigh right and wrong at that moment. That there would be a battle of the mind. It should be obvious from our Lords example that temptation is not sin. Acting upon that temptation however, is.

Fear of doing the right thing is also not sin. Did not Jesus ask the Father if it was possible that this cup pass from Him concerning his death?
---JackB on 12/6/09

To under the answer you seek, we must first understand the difference between evil and sin. Evil is always Sin, but Sin isnt always Evil. Sin is an individual act of disobedience tward God. Evil is a machine put in place to cause others to sin. Hence the O.T., (Ezek. 44:12, Jere. 23:13, Num. 31:16 and many others)

If your thoughts are evil, in that they will cause others to sin, find a solitude place and get with your Savior! I john 1:9
---Eduardo on 10/12/09

Martin Luther once wrote, "You can't stop a bird from flying over your head, but you CAN stop it from building a nest in your hair".

Thoughts of evil are not sinful in themselves, only if we seriously consider them or dwell on them.

Consider "Thou shalt not kill". Just by reading this, the thought of killing comes to mind (in order to undstand what the commandent is). This is a thought about evil, but is not itself sinful.
---StrongAxe on 3/26/08 is. Evil/sin begins always begin with a thought. If we continue to think on evil things it will become a reality in our lives. This is why we pray as christians: Lord, forgive me of every way, every thought that is not pleasing to you.
The scripture says also: as we thinketh in our hearts, so are we.
---robyn on 3/26/08

Sinful thoughts are not sin unless you are purposely allowing them to go through your mind or unless you plan to do what they suggest. See Matthew 15:11, I Corinthians 10:13
---Debby on 8/8/07

Jeremiah 18:8: "If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them."
---Nana on 8/8/07

It is Satan's job to steal ,kill, and destroy,one of the ways he uses is to place bad thoughts in our minds. If you refuse those thoughts and rebuke the spirit in operation such as spirit of jealousy,hate,etc. from your mind, in Jesus Name it isn't sin. If you entertain those evil thoughts then it becomes sin. We control what we allow to reside in our minds and lives and if we live holy,not accepting/fighting the evil then we are guiltless.
---Darlene_1 on 8/7/07

About thoughts.--I shall tell You what God said to me."Don't dwell on them". End of quote. The Devil is always going to put lustful, prideful, All kinds of junk in our heads, not a sin. If it was I would do nothing but stay on my knees. There goes the house work, blogging, shopping, cooking,and someday my church. GET IT!
---catherine on 2/17/07

God, gave this to me a while back. "If it's God speak it, If it isn't keep it."
---catherine on 2/17/07

Jesus did say that, but it's not the same for good thoughts. That's not God's reasoning, that's human's reasoning. Paul states clearly that Christians have to act the part as well in order to please God, for nothing pleases him more than having people love Him and do His works.

We should lead by example! How can others see our thoughts and come to God then if we don't act out our goodness? But always be mindful of and repent for evil thoughts. It's not easy, but it's for His glory.
---Kyle on 2/16/07

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** It is said by Jesus himself that even if we think about it, it's a sin. How much more plain can it be.**

Then it follows that the thought of doing good is itself a virtuous act.
---Jack on 2/14/07

It is said by Jesus himself that even if we think about it, it's a sin. How much more plain can it be. Matt. 5:27-28 . Then we must continually... Phil. 4:8. One thing for sure, rarely a Christian in the "civilized" world can escape lustful thoughts what with music, entertainment, advertising, commercials bombarding our minds every day.
---Steveng on 2/13/07

Pharisee, God said come let us reason together in Isaiah, that IS hearing God's Voice, which doesn't have to [always] be "audible". Being sensitive to the Holy Spirit and letting God reason with you go hand and hand.
---Mrs._Morgan on 2/13/07

(II.)Pharisee, Many of the preachers today don't even humble themselves and pray and fast like they should, so how can they understand His Truth/His Way/His Will? God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 2/13/07

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No, it's not a sin to be tempted, but it is a sin to yield, to give into that temptation.

Take every thought captive is what Paul tells us. When I have bad thoughts, I take a whip in my mind and I whip the thought right out of my mind. It works every time. "Take every thought captive." Study how to do that. There are many ways you can turn away from the temptation of sin and evil.
---donna6598 on 2/13/07

. Many of the biggest false doctrines today come down to faulty reasoning/confusion,....
---Mrs._Morgan on 2/12/07

I disagree.
I think it's because people don't hear the voice of God before they assume that they're teachers.
---Pharisee on 2/13/07

I asked GOD about this one time. He said, "Just don't dwell on them. End of quote. I shall add something to that! Practice. Keep on pushing them out of your head. Good excercise for the braine.
---catherine on 2/13/07

It is foolish to believe every evil thought that pops in your head is sinful. It leaves no room for temptation. A thought is only sinful if your heartfully embrace it. Not all thoughts that enter our minds are from us. You can either accept and entertain an evil thought or reject it. By rejecting it you don't commit a sin. Only the foolish believe every evil thought is a sin.
---Matthew on 2/12/07

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It depends if someone puts it into you or if it is natural evil. If it comes naturally then it is evil. If you have been demonized, tortured or abused then theoretically speaking the evil is not really you but the demon or spirit that is in you doing the evil.
---tonne on 2/12/07

There's a saying, "You can't stop the birds of temptation from flying around your head, but you can stop them from building nests in your hair."
---Jack on 2/12/07

Doing is the sin. The bible says, " be angry and sin not". Anger isn't a sin, but acting on it is. 2Corinthians 10:5 tells us to take every thought captive. So when sinful thoughts come up replace them w/ the word.
---Rickey on 2/12/07

(I.)Drew, Not every thought that pops in ones mind is from [the heart]. God knows your heart(what you choose to EMBRACE/ACCEPT). The Word says the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Some try to conceal their error, but it has to "come out in the open" eventually. Many of the biggest false doctrines today come down to faulty reasoning/confusion,....
---Mrs._Morgan on 2/12/07

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(II.)Drew, .....and others , plain old hypocrisy( a corrupted heart). Your heart desires are often tied in with the condition of your soul. The condition of the heart and soul eventually comes out in ones [FRUITS]. God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 2/12/07

The thought of evil is NOT sin, however, thoughts can produce sin. What is in a man's heart/mind is what makes him unclean.
---Leslie on 2/12/07

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