Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Thoughtcrime in Christianity

Anyone who has read the seminal dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell will be familiar with the concept of thoughtcrime, which is quite simply illegal thought. In Orwell's portrayl of a dystopian future, the totalitarian government surveys the thoughts of the people via 'psychology surveillance' (should have been called psychological surveillance imo).

Contrary to popular belief, however, the concept of thoughtcrime is not original to Orwell and his great piece of fiction. The concept actually appears in another piece of fiction, about 2000 YEARS before the release of his novel!

Thoughtcrime, while not named, appears in the piece of fiction known as 'The Bible:'

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

If you think about tappin that, you've already committed the crime, pal. There's no distinction drawn between thoughts and actions with the villian of this particular piece of fiction.

Funny how in Nineteen Eighty-Four, the bad guys are the bad guys, but in The Bible, the bad guy is the good guy, and he loves you.....

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