From Latin luxuria, the lust is he inordinate and boundless appetite for carnal pleasures. The term is usually associated with uncontrollable sexual desire, although, in reality, it also allows to refer to excess or too much of other types of things. Lust is linked to lust, which is the inability to control libido.
The religions they often condemn lust. For him Catholicism, lust is a deadly sin, Meanwhile he Hinduism points to it as one of the five evils. Religion, in general, considers that sexual desire in itself is lustful, regardless of whether or not it belongs to the field of obsession. The moral condemnation of lust is linked, for example, to the prohibition of sexual relations outside of marriage.
Lust is related, in other words, to possessive thoughts about another person. When this type of obsession reaches a pathological extreme, it can lead to sexual compulsions, abuse and rape.
A theological principle affirms that the source of love is always God; By loving God, you can love all human beings. When there is no love for God, on the other hand, there is no love for other people. Lust appears when you try to possess the other subject to obtain love, outside of God. It is, therefore, a dehumanization of the loved one.
The religious response against lust is the love of God and the recognition of the other being as an object of divine creation. Love of neighbor, therefore, is always love of God.
Despite all that has been stated so far, the mere recognition of one’s own needs it is not always considered something negative within the Christian religion. Almost all the sacred texts speak of the normality of sexual desire, so we should not feel bad about feeling it, but the important thing is not to put it into practice. In fact, Christianity points out that not recognizing it can negatively affect mental health and even empower it.
Another tip that is indicated for those who think they have problems in this area is to accept them so that temptation does not take them by surprise. Be aware of this before going out or meeting people who may be attractive to them to create a strategy that allows them to quickly focus on something else. At this point, it is also recommended to “look elsewhere” as soon as we have a focus of temptation.
For many individuals, lust appears in times of little professional activity or little intellectual stimulation. The body has much simpler mechanisms for getting pleasure than reading a book or taking a course, and in the absence of movement it tempts us with this “quick and easy recipe.” That is why it is also advisable to look for a hobby that allows us to clear our minds while enjoying ourselves.
Reading, especially sacred texts, is one of the most common advice from pastors to help those who are tormented by lust. Memorizing verses or complete passages is also very useful, since in the worst moments we can repeat them mentally or orally to try to calm ourselves. In fact, religious people can in this way be able to remember the laws of God and His obligation to fulfill them.
Pornography is one of the main causes of temptations to feed lust. Therefore, it is also one of the things that religion recommends eliminating from the life of the faithful. Since the visualization of images and videos of this nature occurs in privacy, it is very difficult to control it, but with intense monitoring, it is often possible for those affected to redirect this energy into other activities.