Have I committed Lust?


#1

Hello All,
Well I was watching a film, and in this film it contained a sex scene as soon as I saw what was going on I diverted my eyes, and did not continuing to watch the scene.
Was just wondering as at first I saw some sections of nudity, but straight after the initial response to seeing nudity I then diverted my eyes away from it.

Was just wondering as too whether I have committed Lust or not?


#2

No, you did not commit lust. You avoided viewing nudity at the earliest opportunity. Also, depending on how the nudity was presented, it may not have been pornographic or lewd to begin with.


#3

You did not commit any sin unless you knew the scene was there ahead of time and permitted yourself to see the first few seconds before averting your eyes.

Good job! :thumbsup:


#4

You seem to be asking a lot of questions about whether or not you have comited lust, and, to be honest, in pretty much all of them there seems to be no reason for you to think that you have. First off, anything that happens unintentionally is not sinful. If you did not intend or will for something to happen, you are not guilty of sinning, period.

Secondly, it is really important for you to recognize that there is a difference betwween attraction, even physical attraction, and lust. Attraction is normal, healthy, and moral. Lust, however, is not.

I suggest you find a good priest who you feel comfortable talking with about all of this as it sounds like you need guidance on the issue of chastity, purity and lust.

what also will probably be helpful is to read JPII's Theology of the Body, as well as his book Love and Responsibility. Reading and studying these will help you to come to a better understanding of what sexuality is and what its purpose is, and so gain a better understanding of what purity and lust are and be better able to distinguish the two.

Good Luck :thumbsup:


#5

If you did not get "turned on" it is not lust.


#6

[quote="Blackspur7, post:1, topic:319304"]
I was watching a film, and in this film it contained a sex scene as soon as I saw what was going on I diverted my eyes, and did not continuing to watch the scene.

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No mortal sin, in my humble opinion. Being exposed to lustful images is not a sin. The sin is to indulge in the lustful feelings they elicit. If you reject that as sinful and disordered, you are being virtuous, not sinful.

But give thanks to the Lord for that grace and do not think for an instant that it is thanks to you and to your will and self-mastery that you avoided indulging in lust...it is by his special auxiliating grace that you were able to divert your eyes.

How sad...I'd say we have to be more prudent, but fornication has become such a common component of movies that we ought to almost become fundamentalist and not watch movies at all in order to avoid sinning...how sad. But the Lord is very pleased when we prove our faithfulness to Him in these ways.


#7

Lust and pornography are two separate sins CCC 2351, 2354] - it’s possible to commit either one without the other. Pornography is a “grave offence”, therefore I do not dare to watch a sex scene, even though that’s not what triggers my lust.

I avoid watching any film that the Catholic News Service has rated ‘O’, and I fast-forward past any sex scenes that might happen to be in any unrated film or TV that I’m watching.


#8

well in that case you would not be watching modern day television… just reruns of lassie and gunsmoke !.. because sex and lust is everywhere on television , and if you go to hell for watching or thinking some form of pornography… it should be overflowing.


#9

[quote="Phil_Marinus, post:8, topic:319304"]
well in that case you would not be watching modern day television.... just reruns of lassie and gunsmoke !.. because sex and lust is everywhere on television , and if you go to hell for watching or thinking some form of pornography...... it should be overflowing.

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Well, then if sex and lust are everywhere, we should not watch television. Just because everyone is doing it, it does not overrule God's truth.

And by the way, I am a very normal person and I watch a lot of television and the only time I have seen sex in the past years has been when I have chosen to do so. There is a lot to be seen without having to sin gravely against God and against the dignity of man and woman. The day that this is no longer the case, I will unplug the tv, period. It is not a necessity.

And indeed we can condemn ourselves for watching or thinking some form of sex and porn, and in fact** hell is indeed overflowing** - this is what we gather not only from private revelations to the saints, not only from the words of Our Lady at Fatima, but even by the very words of Christ:

Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.

For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

This is the path of which God spoke through Isaiah:

And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it.

So all of us in this modern society should truly be very careful to not accept anything that is gravely sinful as if it were perfectly fine, but rather, as true disciples of Christ, we accept suffering and sacrifice when they are asked of us.

Make no mistake: people who are immoral or who worship idols or are adulterers ...] - none of these will possess God's Kingdom.

In the past, societies asked Christians to fall into idolatry or else die. We had many martyrs for the faith and others who experienced great persecution without the crown of martyrdom. In the present, societies ask Christians to fall into more subtle forms of idolatry and to betray the Lord in return of something that is comparable to the 30 silver coins, and the death we are threatened with is not physical, but a more subtle form of isolation.

What, then? Should we think that the Lord won't mind our unfaithfulness with the little things as much as he would have minded that of the early Christians? How mistaken would we be, when the Lord has clearly revealed:

He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.


#10

[quote="R_C, post:9, topic:319304"]
Well, then if sex and lust are everywhere, we should not watch television. Just because everyone is doing it, it does not overrule God's truth.

And by the way, I am a very normal person and I watch a lot of television and the only time I have seen sex in the past years has been when I have chosen to do so. There is a lot to be seen without having to sin gravely against God and against the dignity of man and woman. The day that this is no longer the case, I will unplug the tv, period. It is not a necessity.

And indeed we can condemn ourselves for watching or thinking some form of sex and porn, and in fact** hell is indeed overflowing** - this is what we gather not only from private revelations to the saints, not only from the words of Our Lady at Fatima, but even by the very words of Christ:

This is the path of which God spoke through Isaiah:

So all of us in this modern society should truly be very careful to not accept anything that is gravely sinful as if it were perfectly fine, but rather, as true disciples of Christ, we accept suffering and sacrifice when they are asked of us.

In the past, societies asked Christians to fall into idolatry or else die. We had many martyrs for the faith and others who experienced great persecution without the crown of martyrdom. In the present, societies ask Christians to fall into more subtle forms of idolatry and to betray the Lord in return of something that is comparable to the 30 silver coins, and the death we are threatened with is not physical, but a more subtle form of isolation.

What, then? Should we think that the Lord won't mind our unfaithfulness with the little things as much as he would have minded that of the early Christians? How mistaken would we be, when the Lord has clearly revealed:

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Thank you for your comment... well noted....


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