QUESTION: Would it be a sin if someone dreamed about something wrong even though one has little control over what they dream?
ANSWER: Now here’s an interesting question. We’ve probably all had some pretty funny, strange, and scary dreams in both black and white and color. Let’s go again to God’s Word to get an answer to this question that seems to be focusing on sin being committed in a dream state. This is an honest question.
Have you ever thought about something so hard and for so long that you began to dream about it? Sure. In fact, we all have done that – and the Bible tells us why in Ecclesiastes 5:3, “For a dream cometh through the multitude of business…” Our dreams are often determined by what is on our mind when we’re awake.
A man who has clean thoughts, will for the most part have pleasant dreams (I realize there will be exceptions). The Word of God says some pretty damaging things about man’s thoughts and heart: Matt 15:19 for example, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.” Before God destroyed the earth with a worldwide flood we are told the reason in Gen 6:5, “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” The Christian is warned and exhorted to control his thoughts in 2 Cor 10:5, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
There will certainly be some exceptions (perhaps occasioned by too much pizza before bed). But if we want to begin to get victory or at least some ‘control’ over our dreams, we must begin by controlling the “multitude of business” (Eccles 5:3) that is going on in our heads while we are awake.
So the question again, Will we be held responsible for our dreams? Not directly. It is the thoughts we control and dwell on while we are awake that should most concern us because we will be held accountable for those. An additional benefit of reining in the thoughts we do control to the ‘obedience of Christ’ is that it goes a long way toward affecting our dreams as well. God knows your heart.