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.
Blank sin is imageless sin.