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Many times, people have told me I have a unique way of looking at things. I would like to share one of these unique thoughts with you. I am not religious, but I want to live a blessed life. And I have been pondering on Matthew 5:28 for a while now, and wondering about the “Yang” version for this “Yin”.

For those reader who don’t know Matthew 5:28, it is one of the teachings of Jesus from the famous Sermon on the Mount. In it, Jesus accused all mankind (literally, men – oh poor men!) of being in a sinful state for merely looking at a woman with lust.

“But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” – Matthew 5:28 (KJV)

In short, the moment I look at a woman with lust in my heart, I have sinned. I deserve death according to Romans 6:23. The consequence is my eternal condemnation in the lake of fire (hell).

Now…I would like to walk carefully on the riverbank without going too deep into the concept of lust.

I am not sure at which level I am sinning: the mental (conscious or subconscious)? The emotional? Or the physical? To put it in sequence: I look (consciously), the thought in my brain will be amplified by the rising of the emotions inside me (heart), possibly manifested by physical representation.

Also, I am not sure (and who can say?), at which stage I have committed a sin. Is it a full cycle of the above sequence? Or would a partial cycle, such as by thinking only, condemn me?

Now, I know the subject of sex is considered toxic, and being taught since childhood (being raised in Christian house/Middle Eastern culture), we are all miserable sinners…and we must confess. And, I don’t even want to talk about all the church sermons of how Satan uses women to tempt me (us). I don’t want to even get close to the masturbation taboo and how the Catholic church that throughout the years has been telling millions of children that masturbation will caused them to be blind. As for Muslim women, they have it even worse – I feel so bad for them. They will be put to death instantly upon bringing shame to the family , an “honor killing” by their family members. We have been terrified from adolescence!

With the women of today, Adam wouldn’t stand a chance, Satan doesn’t even need to do anything…

Appreciating a woman

After briefly talking about how easily I can sin, the historical consequence of it, and the cultural taboo…

Is it possible we have misunderstood all of that? And I have never read or heard about the “Yang” version of it. As if we’ve never thought about it.

If a simple thought has the power to make me a sinner, is it possible that the opposite thought can give me a blessing? For example, if I give a nice compliment to a woman and I mean it with all my heart, is it possible that I will be blessed for my compliment?

Appreciating a woman as a piece of Godly art, is that a sin or a blessing?

Something to ponder about!


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P.S.: Currently, reading Predictably Irrational by  Dan Ariely