Do you find it morally–or doctrinally–wrong to fantasize about others’ spouses or people other than your spouse?
I was raised Catholic, and as a boy asking my dad about this whole *coveting * business mentioned in The Big 10, he explained that it referred to serious, serious desire for someone or something, a lust or want that practically consumes you, more or less. But lately I’ve been wondering how accurate that is–whether a fantasy about this or that person falls under “coveting” according to Judeo-Christian doctrine. (I’m still not sure if this belongs in in General Questions or here. . . mods, please move at your discretion.)
I guess I’m just wondering how those who adhere to an organized or semi-organized religious doctrine reconcile their less-than-devout mental landscape.
I don’t worry about the occasional fleeting thought but if it would become an obsessive thought (that is, thinking about ways to be with that person, trying to seduce the person, or thinking about them to the exclusion of my spouse) then it is a problem. My sexual energy in general should be going toward my husband, IMO.
Raised Reformed Christian, very conservative, now Christian semi-liberal, FWIW.