This is another of the questions that I see sometimes appearing in search engine terms for this blog, so I thought I’d address it here. For the quick answer, scroll to the bottom.

First, what is a sin? This is a big topic, but I’ll just write what I think the people asking this question want to know. There are two kinds of sin: mortal sin and venial sin.

There are three conditions that must be fulfilled before a person is considered to have committed a mortal sin:

1. Freedom of choice - a person must have been able to make the choice before an act is considered a sin. Coercion to make that choice lessens the seriousness of the sin.

2. Gravity of sin - the act must be a grave matter.

3. Fullness of knowledge - the act was committed with the sinner’s full knowledge of the gravity of the sin, and his or her deliberate consent.

Venial sin is sin whose object is a grave matter but committed without full knowledge of the gravity or without full consent. In other words, there is actually no sin that is not considered grave, but that’s beside the point here.

The point in this question is: do you have any choice at all about what you are dreaming? If your answer is “yes”, then you should be able to never have any nightmares at all. I mean, who would purposely want to have nightmares? Therefore, your answer would probably be “no”. If there is then no consent in your choice of dreams, then that means that having wet dreams is not a sin.

In fact, having wet dreams is nature’s way of “releasing sexual tension” in your body, of getting rid of excess sperm that is made by your body. For those battling the temptation of masturbation, wet dreams can even be seen as a sign of encouragement, because you only have wet dreams if you do not masturbate for a period of time.

Answer: No.

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