Putting yourself in possible place to sin


#1

Is it a sin to put yourself in a possible situation to sin? I suffer from scruples so sometimes certain situations just get me worried that a certain thought or action is worse than what it really is, and it just lingers in my mind thinking I did something really wrong, when it’s probably not the case. So in order to try and tell myself that a random thought or action is not that bad, I “Recreate” the situation to try and completely get rid of it, and grade the seriousness. However the last time I did this when I did the action again a thought came up, which I rejected immediately, but even though I am 95% sure I did not get pleasure, it still concerns me I sinned. This has happened before and you would have thought I learned my lesson, but I just really struggle telling myself that the things that I do/randomly think are no big deal, and the devil is trying to convince me it’s worse than what it really is. Once again I do not recreate the situation to purposely try to sin or get pleasure etc. but I do it to try and grade the seriousness. I told my mom about this and she gets upset with me because she says I set myself up for failure, and put myself in these situations so that if I fail, I say to myself I am a bad person and torture myself. Anyways is this a sin? Hopefully at least it is not mortal… I really hope. I am probably torturing myself like my priest says I should not. Thank you for the responses.


#2

The thing you ought to do is to speak with your priest. He can guide you in the best way to reassess any potential sins. Recreating a sin seems to me to be asking for problems… at least in the way I think you mean. As someone who is scrupulous, the best advisor will certainly be your priest as we can’t really assess someone else’s sins and culpability.


#3

Thank you for the response, and advice. Also could we avoid the ask your priest answers, I am just wondering what other everyday people think. Venial, mortal, or none at all?


#4

We could avoid the ask the priest answer… but as someone who is scrupulous, it’s the correct answer. However, I’ll leave it to others to answer you, if you prefer.


#5

It was not a mortal sin. You have to 100% consent to the evil thought or action for it to be so.


#7

I’m sorry if that comment came as disrespectful, you are correct, I just am looking for other opinions. Thank you for the response.


#8

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