I was reading information on the internet from a website twotlj.org regarding mortal sins of though and at what stage a thought becomes a mortal sin.
The scenario used is that of a business man who is thinking about carrying out mortally sinful revenge on his competition in business.
In the scenario it was said that the business man, despite how long he imagines this scenario, taking sinful enjoyment in the thought will not be guilty of mortal sin unless he either:
- thinks in his mind that what he is doing is sinful and refuses to put it from his mind, or
- makes a definite decision to actually carry out the revenge.
There are other scenarios mentioned, like if the thought was further planning of a previous decision that it would automatically become a mortal sin.
My question is, what if the business man was not aware that it was gravely sinful to take pleasure in such thoughts and therefore he would never make a conscious decision that he should put those thoughts out of his mind. His conscience might be aware that it would be sinful to actually carry out the act, but he might not be aware of the sinfulness of actually THNKING about revenge.
In this case is it a mortal sin.
I don’t think the same situation would arise in purposely thinking impure thoughts as I would imagine that we would all have some idea of the gravity of the act.
What are your thoughts…