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Question and Answer | Sin in Dreams

Can I commit a sin in my dreams?

I suspect many people have wondered about this. The short answer is that you cannot commit a sin in your dreams because sin involves personal choice; sin is an act of the will. In sleep, your subconscious is working on your mind, processing the things you’ve seen, heard, or are anxious about. Dreams are not reality. That being said, dreams can be instructive; they can alert us to thought patterns that inhabit our conscious or subconscious mind. You may be able, as one person put it, to “see your sinfulness through your dreams.” They may also point to things you need to stop looking at or watching or to places and even people you need to avoid. Foundationally, we must stay close to God in prayer. “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you” (James 4:7–8).

BY Dr. Rosalie de Rosset

Dr. Rosalie de Rosset has been teaching at Moody Bible Institute in the Communications Department for over five decades. She is occasionally featured on Moody Radio. Rosalie is a published author, respected speaker, and talented writer. She lives on the northside of Chicago, a city she enjoys for its natural beauty and multi-faceted art offerings.

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