For those of you who don't know, I am currently 16 years old and am still going through some changes involved with puberty. I have also recently given up masturbation, and have successfully gone a week, less a day, without doing so.
I have had wet dreams before, prior to beginning masturbating; and now that I have stopped masturbating, I have noticed that the wet dreams that (I thought) had gone away are returning.
Frequently, in my dreams, I begin masturbating, and when I wake up I notice I have ejaculated; and I am unsure if this is considered a mortal sin (or a sin at all).
I know that, in order for a sin to take place, there must be:
1) Full knowledge that what I am doing is wrong,
2) Grave matter; that sinful act and
3) Full consent; my permission/me intentionally committing the action.
The reason I am a little concerned is that, I feel all three areas have been satisfied.
In my dream, I was aware of what was happening; and knew that masturbating was wrong.
There was also the act of masturbating in my dream (which may fulfill the second area - grave matter), and I began doing it intentionally.
I know that all of this happened in my dream, but all three requirements for a sin to happen have been met.
I am just unsure if, because it was in a dream and not really my fault (as I was asleep), it counts as a mortal sin.
Please let me know as soon as possible.
My dear friend in Christ;
GREAT effort. keep up the good work.
God is Good; Fair and Just
God made you the way you are and God's plan is Perfect even if we don't understand or at times agree with it.
Wet-Dreams are an "act of nature" brought on by God's design. Therefore NOT sinful unless encouraged.
Mastrubation however is always a very serious sin. why?
Because its self-centered and personal gradification and Because it opposes the very reason for our sexuality which is for marriage. And within marriage a reward for being open [as it must be] to the possibility of birth.
A second reason is the "unity" of the married couple. I call it "marriage cement."
God will, if we ask and persevere, give each of us the grace to live our vocation.
Stay close to God so that he can stay close to you.