Lustful Thoughts Are A Sin

I got some very bad news this afternoon.

I was lying on my bed of nails listening to Torah talks by Rabbi Ari Kahn.

In his second lecture on Rosh Hashanah, he says that lustful thoughts are a sin. Most other thoughts about doing a sin are not a sin, only the deed, but when it comes to dreaming of immoral deeds of an explicitly sexual nature, the thought itself is a sin.

Oy vey! I am sunk in iniquity. All I do all day long is think lustful thoughts.

Rabbi Kahn cited a verse from Job, "I have made a covenant with my eyes, how can I look upon a maid?"

Sheesh, I might as well be a Christian. Jesus said that if you look with lust upon a woman (even your own wife according to the last pope), you have committed adultery with your heart. Dennis Prager often says that Judaism holds that you can commit adultery with only one organ of your body and it’s not your heart.

I’ve never heard Dennis Prager say that Judaism considers lustful thoughts a sin.

Oy, Dennis sold me a bill of goods. I thought I had a lot more room for my fantasy life if I converted to Judaism.

David Deida is my new hero. He says you can overcome your desire for various women by connecting to your deepest purpose — the primary reason for your life — and then using the inspiring women that you come across in daily life as impetuses for living your deepest purpose (without schtupping them).

I’m totally gonna try that.

"Feel what you want to give most as a gift, to your woman and to the world, and do what you can to give it today. Every moment waited is a moment wasted, and each wasted moment degrades your clarity of purpose."

From The Way of the Superior Man, a book by David Deida

“The Way of the Superior Man lays out a challenge before all men to fulfill their true purpose and to be authentically masculine. It will guide you on your journey to a successful and spiritually complete way of life. I invite you to live in the moment, to love openly, and to step up to the plate with this book in your hand.” –TONY ROBBINS Author of Awaken the Giant Within and Unlimited Power

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