I’m getting very confused by an argument that I just recently (seriously) encountered:
“occasions of sin are themselves sins” according to my opponent. My argument was that, while stupid, putting yourself in a potential situation to sin was not a sin in itself, only if the action occurred does it count as a sin. Again, putting yourself in that position is stupid and irresponsible, but not a sin.
My opponent gave a couple of references, but none of them directly supported his claim that it was a sin. However, the author of the blogs made that leap at the end. In fact, the arguments given supported my thesis: it being stupid and irresponsible. I asked for official Church doctrine with actual Theologians, but haven’t gotten any. I Googled it and found some responses – including a couple on here – but the answers given seemed more opinion than argument and the references given don’t actually support the leap to saying “it’s a sin to place yourself in a situation where you might sin.”
Also, a couple have declared that it’s not only a sin to place yourself in a position where you might sin, but that it’s a mortal sin.
Anyway, that’s my long way of asking for whether it is true and it so what are good references.