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Nearly everyone, at some point or another, has been subject to intrusive thoughts. These involuntary, unwanted images, phrases, or impulses are extremely common. Spontaneous and intrusive thoughts ...
No, I don't believe that these thoughts and impulses are sin unless you dwell on them, entertain them or act on them, that's when they become sin. Just like worrying, it shows that you mistrust God. If you find yourself being hounded by them, and they are recurring, keep praying, and reading God's word. Then just as quickly as they come, there they go, especially if you keep focussed on things that are worthy: important tasks, God's word, his wonderful creatures and plants. You must renew your mind daily, pray always, and think on his word and his will.
I always recall Luther's comment when asked this question. He replied, "you can't stop birds flying over your head, but you can stop them making a nest in your hair." In the same way, you can't stop thoughts entering your mind, but you can stop them from dwelling there. Intrusive thoughts are not sinful; carefully nurtured and enjoyed thoughts may be. Regards Phil
Proverbs tells us that the thought of foolishness is sin. I think all these thoughts discussed are sin - can we imagine Christ having such thoughts? The great thing for us is that we who belong to Christ have forgiveness for past, present and future sins and can seek to have the mind of Christ by the sound advice of Mr. Houdmann's answer to this question.
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