The reason I ask is because I feel there is a difference between a "healthy desire" and "lust". Lust grabs you and holds you captive, almost like a drug addiction. Desire grows over time and does not hold you in the same desperate manner that lust would. Jesus told us not to lust after others. Think of the millions of families and businesses that have been destroyed by lust. Lust is now part of our culture and media, that we hardly blink an eye, until it crosses a line, such as Miley Cyrus proved at the MTV Awards. Do you feel lust is normal or a definite problem in our society?
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Your words are most refreshing and I can see the Holy Spirit working in you. You have a sincere desire to follow the Lord and it shows. I agree with you. When I get tempted I say "In the name of Jesus, I rebuke you!" Or the 23:1 Psalm "The Lord...
Great question. And as long as we follow the Word, we will be submitting to the authority of our Heavenly Father who promised to keep His children in the palm of His hand!
yep it is an etymological question as much as a rhetorical and practical, definition of desire and lust, different.
I disagree. I think many families have been blown apart by lust. Think of affairs of the heart, cheating. Lust is not normal. The media makes it normal. We aren't supposed to go around and visualize everybody in a million different lewd ways.
I have to agree with peeples, and I think in some cases lust is part of what keeps a marriage going!! Sexual attraction can be a cause of an affair, but its about self control too.
I agree with MissMelissaK, lust is not the norm. It is a destructive force, and if we believe in self preservation, then we would be careful not to get destroyed by lust or destroy anyone else because of our lust.
The definition of lust is uncontrolled sexual desire. What you speak of is normal desire for your husband. If you took that same desire and slept with your neighbor, the milkman and the mailman, you may just have a problem with lust.
No, then I'd have a problem with selfishness. If my neighbor is hot and I notice - that's a form of lust. I don't act on the natural lustful urge because my inner core tells me that to cheat on my husband would be wrong. we make choices, not devils.
The Holy Spirit guides me. As a Christian, we are to think holy, pure, clean and lovely thoughts. My faith guides me with obedience and the desire to do the will of God. I don't believe that God created "lust". Lust is "inappropriate sexual thought.
You do realize that to ever be sexually attracted to the person we marry, we must feel lust at some point.
I agree. Lust feels really natural to me, too!
Did your god ever tell you that you are not allowed to enjoy the results of lust? Where is your guilt coming from? Maybe what someone else has convinced you of for their own ulterior motive(s).
So as a scientist, would you say its natural to rob, cheat or kill if my hormones tell me its only natural? I think what I'm getting at is lust is an inability to control one's sexual desire. There is no restraint so therefore it is a sin.
I feel it doesn't go away. I feel "lust" is like a fire. If you feed it, it will grow and get bigger. Many people have a problem secretly with lust. The "lust" business is making billions for a reason because of the millions in secret bondage.
That may be true, but it still has to peak and decline in those people at some point. I don't see too many senior citizens on fire as you put it. LoL!
Lust may not go away, that is why it is our responsibility to monitor our thoughts and actions, so we could identify when unwanted characteristics are creeping up on us.
Absolutely! I agree. Lust is selfish and not from God. Can anyone be holy and lustful at the same time? It's not possible. God calls us to be holy. The enemy works with "deception". Just because something looks good, doesn't mean it is good.
There is plenty of lust in the 80+ set now that we have Viagra and the STD rate is skyrocketing for the senior set so how do you like them apples? I believe that lust is not from the Holy Spirit. I believe it is from the enemy.
I think you meant to comment on another person's post as I neither mentioned anything about senior citizens, nor did I refer to any religious beliefs.
Lust is the main resaon that we have so many issues in society People are so interested in sex, they do not fully consider that they will create unplanned for and possibly unwanted children.
I never said it was a good thing. I merely stated that it was a natural response involved with our evolution. While civilization has become advanced in a mere 15,000 years it'll take another million years or so for our natural evolution to catch up
When I was young, I thought it was "normal". Now that Jesus has saved me, I understand by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, just how wrong it is. You hit the nail on the head. Society makes it the norm and I agree, children are being bombarded daily.