I understand that it is the teaching of the Church that thinking about impure thoughts on purpose, or alowing yourself to ponder upon an impure thought that came to you on accident is a sin against chastity.
What I’m wondering is does that mean you’re not allowed to think about sex at all before you’re married? If this is so, how is a young lady like myself able to read the Song of Songs or Theology of the Body without sinning?
What about movies that happen to feature a married couple? Even if they’re not doing anything graphic (ex: kissing, tender embraces, laying next to eachother, etc.), would that be an impure thing to watch for an unmarried person such as myself? As for this issue, I’m writing a story which I might have a few, brief scenes where a married couple is laying together in bed (clothed). It is not meant to impure but would it be wrong to do this? This book of mine is geared towards older teens and adults.
I’ve been trying to make an effort to order my thoughts to think about things in the way God intended us to. To think of all the ways that makes the human person a beautiful creation and all the ways their actions and functions imitate the God they were modeled after. This is why I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Theology of the Body’. It explained how the way our bodies were made and marital unity reflected God’s unity for the Church and the mystery of the Trinity.
Such reflections of how we were made in God image and likeness cause me to see the beauty of humanity all the more and such knowledge brings me great happiness
But this whole issue with not being allowed to ponder upon the the beauty of the marital act is confusing to me. You know what I mean? There is clearly a way to think about it in a pure way (Pope John II was the one who wrote Theology of the Body, am I right? I’m sure he wasn’t lusting after the human body or trying to think lustful thoughts about the marital act while writing TotB, right?).
I want to be pure, but I enjoy meditating on all the things that make us human and made in God’s image. I’m not sure what to make of this.
Any thoughts or/and advice is appreciated.