Our Institute of Human Sexuality has just completed a 50-year study of human sexuality encompassing (including) every race, nationality, and country on earth. The study surveyed and tracked a million people for 50 years. One major finding is:
Sexual craving causes temporary mental gullibility.
A craving is a powerful desire for something. A sexual craving is a powerful desire for sexual interaction. Gullibility is the state of one who can be persuaded by false reasoning to believe something that is not true. Temporary mental gullibility is the state of one who can be persuaded by their own false reasoning to believe something that is not true. Here is an example of fallacious (false) reasoning by a person in a state of temporary mental gullibility:
- Choices are mental images. (This is a falsehood.)
- If I have no mental images, I cannot choose. (This is a falsehood.)
- If I cannot choose, I cannot deliberately sin. (This is an absurdity [a truth based on a falsehood].)
- I have no mental images. (This can be true.)
- Therefore, I cannot commit sexual sin. (This is false even though it is logical.)
- Therefore, I am free to try to engage in any sexual activity I want. (This is false even though it is logical.)
We see in our example above that the person comes to a conclusion that can result in sinful, sexual activity. Remember, only sex between a man and a woman who are married is approved by God. This is the tradition of the human race, encompasses the biological drive of the human race, encompasses principles of psychiatry, and encompasses one conclusion of our 50-year study but, most important, this is what the Bible teaches.
The main lesson to take away from this article is:
Never try to justify (reason to a conclusion that an act would not be a sin) a sexual activity while you are in a state of sexual craving.
Is the mind governed by the laws of physics? No, of course not. The mind is governed by the laws of the psyche, which were established by God. For example, let us say there are two chairs in front of you and one is red and one is blue. If we ask you to draw a picture of the blue chair, you recognize the blueness of the blue chair then draw a picture of the blue chair.
Now, with the mind, apart from imaginations, a person cannot draw a picture of anything that occurs in their mind. For example, let us say that you think your full name. If we ask you to draw a picture of the thought of your last name, you draw a picture of your last name. Now, what is it about the thought of your last name that tells you it is your last name? The answer is nothing. How, then, do you know a thought of your last name is a thought of your last name? You know this by assignmettism. Assignmettism is an identity assigned by your unconscious mind (your unconscious mind was created by God).
Now, the unconscious mind does not consciously communicate with you. How, then, does the unconscious mind teach you the identity of a given thought? The answer is that the unconscious mind does not teach you the identity of a given thought. Rather, the unconscious mind “injects” (note quotes; that is, this is functional, not literal, language) the knowledge of the identity of a given thought then enforces the knowledge of the identity of the thought.
Before we answer the question, you must understand some things about drives (desires, emotions, etc.). Drives are contextually dependent. What does that mean? A context is the situation in which one finds oneself in the present, including location, whether or not one has eaten, whether or not one has slept, etc., etc. An example of contextual dependence is your possessing a drive to eat because you have not eaten.
Now, drives are also contextually prioritized. This means that a drive can be suppressed by your psyche because of another drive, in a given context (situation). For example, if you have a drive to eat and a drive to sleep at the same time and you haven’t slept for 48 hours, your drive to eat will probably be suppressed and you will go to sleep.
So, what is the most powerful drive in a human being? If you have multiple drives at the same time, the most powerful drive will be the drive that your situation gives power. For example, whenever there are famines and people are starving, the drive for sex will be suppressed and their drive to seek food will be more powerful.
One final note, a human being is not a puppet. Drives do not totally control us. They merely pressure us to go in certain directions. You have free will and, in most situations, you can choose what you will do whether or not it is what your drives want you to do. Note that you should avoid situations that will allow one or more drives to become more powerful than you.
Question: Yes, of course.
Answer: Yes. We know that a few of you will have difficulty understanding how a person could be responsible for an involuntary sin. Your difficulty is because of your ignorance. You can get help understanding how a person could be responsible for an involuntary sin from the Bible. You may also consult our 1000-page volume Sin and Free Will (link not active yet).
Answer: First, slips and swamps are not limited to sexual motivations; for example, they can occur with greed motivations, violence motivations, etc, etc. Here are the definitions of “slip” and “swamp”:
slip: a brief (around one second long), evil automatism (self-uninitiated, not-physically-externally-initiated act)
swamp: a process, that one has the power to abort (stop), of moving toward a state in which a slip will occur
Answer: First, all sin harms. However, God does treat involuntary sin differently from voluntary sin. Now, you probably want to know what that difference is. Simply put, before the afterlife, the harm from involuntary sin is less severe than that of voluntary sin.
Answer: What is God’s answer to my inability to stop masturbating?
If you have no brain injury or the like, God wants you to find a wife or husband.
In this regard, the Bible says in I Corinthians 7:2:
Nevertheless, to avoid fornication [lack of restraint of the sexual appetite, including masturbation], let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
Answer: Before we answer this question we must define a couple of words.
What does the word “involuntary” mean? “Involuntary” means constituting something that is not chosen.
What does the word “sin” mean? “Sin” means moral failure; that is, an act that is not a righteous act.
The above meaning of the word “sin” is found throughout the Bible. The Bible also says that sin can be voluntary or involuntary. In addition, UPAX researchers have established that people are unable to distinguish voluntary behavior from involuntary behavior every moment of every day.
So, the answer to the question of whether an involuntary act can be a sin is:
Yes, an involuntary act can be a sin.
We add as a footnote that we have one million pages of research on the psychology of the will available to our readers.