If you look at a woman to lust
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Is it wrong / a sin / lustful to look at a person I find attractive?
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Jesus (Did He Mean It? ‘Lust is Adultery’)
To get to the answer we must look at the Greek meaning of these words. In other words, the heart is used figuratively for the hidden springs of the personal life. On the other hand, Scripture regards the heart as the sphere of Divine influence, …. As to its usage in the NT it denotes a the seat of physical life, ; b the seat of moral nature and spiritual life, the seat of grief, ; joy, ; the desires, ; the affections, ; the perceptions, ; the thoughts, ; the understanding, ; the reasoning powers, ; the imagination, ; conscience, ; the intentions, , cf.
But I say to you, That whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart. Matthew ,39 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire…. Matthew ,29 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: …. Genesis And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her.
Matthew and Matthew are the twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth verses of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount. These verses begin the second antithesis : while since Matthew the discussion has been on the commandment: " You shall not murder ", it now moves to the commandment: " You shall not commit adultery ". In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads:. The World English Bible translates the passage as:. Matthew opens in a very similar manner to Matthew , but it omits "to the ancient ones", though Gundry believes that this is implied. This verse refers to the commandment against adultery stated in Exodus This verse follows immediately after the prohibition against murder, and the Sermon follows this same pattern. The equation of lust with adultery is very similar to the earlier equation of anger and murder in Matthew
Not exactly. Jesus was criticizing the legalistic habits of the religious leaders of the day. They were great at seeing the "letter of the law," which is what the law literally says, but they did not grasp the "spirit of the law," which is the intent behind the law. When you find someone attractive and then find yourself looking for a bit longer than you normally would, do a check on your heart and your motives. Why are looking?
Matthew — This interpretation is reflected in the following translations:. Despite its popularity, this interpretation is imprecise, even flat wrong, and leads to surprisingly harmful consequences, making this verse a great candidate to start this series.
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Personally, God brought me to a brick wall some years back with my porn addiction, and showed me that it had had to end, period. It felt like God hit me with a two-by-four, and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He delivered me. I have not been so successful in the day-to-day comings and goings. It functions just like an addiction. I believe, like David Powlison says, sexual sin is mastered at different levels. We might overcome pornography addiction but then we move to an even deeper battle of how we see women or men in general.
“Whoever Looks at a Woman With Lust”: Misinterpreted Bible Passages #1