Can you sin in your dreams?


#1

I had a dream where I was visit a friend's Protestant church and when they asked me "wait, aren't you Catholic?" to avoid any awkward dilemma I lied and said my parents raised me with both religions, and I was still trying to decide which one I join (even though in reality, I was raised only Catholic and I'm sticking to my religion).

I've also had dreams where I cursed out and physically fought people.

This brings me to the question....can you sin in your dreams?


#2

Unless you have the rare ability to lucidly dream with full control, then NO! good news, right? But perhaps your dreams ARE leadinf you to examine something in your life. but no, you are not sinning, hermano! God Bless :slight_smile:


#3

No.


#4

You are not culpable for things you did in your sleep. Once, when I was working two jobs, I used to dream I was still at work almost every night. I thought I deserved to be compensated for all that time I was a work and wasn't being paid. :mad:


#5

Your powers of will are not normally operative in dreaming, without which, there is no sin.

ICXC NIKA


#6

Both God and the Devil can visit our dreams. We all know we don't have full control in them, and most importantly God knows that.


#7

[quote="datritle, post:2, topic:333624"]
Unless you have the rare ability to lucidly dream with full control, then NO! good news, right? But perhaps your dreams ARE leading you to examine something in your life. but no, you are not sinning, hermano! God Bless :)

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Excellent answer - especially the bolded.

To me it is important to recognize that we are not choosing to sin in our dreams - in the dream state a thought instantly becomes an action. Thus no opportunity to discern and prevent "doing" something wrong.

However - we should not just blow off our dreams as unimportant - especially if there are repetitive (sinful) themes such as violence or lust. These can be pointing to areas in our spiritual life that need attention.

One can legitimately ask the question, why do I act sinfully in my dreams instead of acting Christlike? This could lead to some interesting explorations and soul searching.

Peace
James


#8

I have lucid dreams. In my case, yes. When I am presented with a particular temptation, I start to pray in my dreams, or I wake myself up. But of course, there are other dreams where it’s just all a Fellini movie and I don’t seem to have much choice but to allow it to unravel in all its hilarity or horror. Basically: are we tempted in our dreams? Yes. If we become aware of the temptation, we will become able to stop it. Otherwise, often your dreams present you with conflicts that your mind is grappling with “behind the scenes”. Sometimes, keeping a dream journal can be a very enlightening experience.


#9

[quote="datritle, post:2, topic:333624"]
Unless you have the rare ability to lucidly dream with full control, then NO! good news, right? But perhaps your dreams ARE leadinf you to examine something in your life. but no, you are not sinning, hermano! God Bless :)

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I don't think you can even sin in lucid dreams...am I wrong?


#10

No you can't sin in your dreams.

I also thought about this, and found this thread: forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=683531

What happens in dreams is beyond--our control even though it feels like we control everything.

I suggest you just say a prayer and contemplate about sin and how to avoid it. In your prayer you can thank God that you didn't sin (in reality) and hurt anyone's feelings, etc.


#11

[quote="ellzeena, post:8, topic:333624"]
I have lucid dreams. In my case, yes. When I am presented with a particular temptation, I start to pray in my dreams, or I wake myself up. But of course, there are other dreams where it's just all a Fellini movie and I don't seem to have much choice but to allow it to unravel in all its hilarity or horror. Basically: are we tempted in our dreams? Yes. If we become aware of the temptation, we will become able to stop it. Otherwise, often your dreams present you with conflicts that your mind is grappling with "behind the scenes". Sometimes, keeping a dream journal can be a very enlightening experience.

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Nobody has control of their dreams.


#12

[quote="thistle, post:11, topic:333624"]
Nobody has control of their dreams.

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While that is normally true, there are lucid dreamers who can direct the course of their dreaming.

Of course, the content of the dreams is still their subconscious mind; and so any "control" they might have over it would be partial, and possibly a mirage. (They are in fact dreaming that they are in control.). Ergo, no sin.

ICXC NIKA


#13

[quote="GEddie, post:12, topic:333624"]
While that is normally true,** there are lucid dreamers who can direct the course of their dreaming.**

Of course, the content of the dreams is still their subconscious mind; and so any "control" they might have over it would be partial, and possibly a mirage. (They are in fact dreaming that they are in control.). Ergo, no sin.

ICXC NIKA

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I do not believe that. Its fake.


#14

Since we're talking about this:

I am a recovering porn addict (I've been free from this all year!) and I sometimes dream that I am searching/hunting for porn, interacting (yes) with porn stars, etc. These dreams are usually accompanied by a physical response which I discover upon waking. I know that these dreams are not sinful, but are rather a manifestation of the pollution that I put in my brain for so many years. I pray for complete deliverance from these damaging images.


#15

[quote="eyesopening, post:14, topic:333624"]
Since we're talking about this:

I am a recovering porn addict (I've been free from this all year!) and I sometimes dream that I am searching/hunting for porn, interacting (yes) with porn stars, etc. These dreams are usually accompanied by a physical response which I discover upon waking. I know that these dreams are not sinful, but are rather a manifestation of the pollution that I put in my brain for so many years. I pray for complete deliverance from these damaging images.

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:thumbsup::thumbsup:

Beautiful testimony.

May God continue to guide you and give you strength.

Peace
James


#16

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