What does the Bible say about erotic dreams?


How does God look at erotic dreams? How is when you dream your own spouse or maybe a foreign person? These are dreams that you do not even expect to dream, you do not think during the day about anything erotic nor you look at any picture with an erotic content so that it may cause that dream and however, in the morning when you wake up, you are amazed at what you dreamed? What can we do to not have such dreams?

Erotic dreams defile

Unlike women, men’s erotic dreams are accompanied by seminal emission, called nocturnal pollution. Here’s what God says in the Old Testament about pollution:

Now if a man has a seminal emission, he shall bathe all his body in water and be unclean until evening. As for any garment or any leather on which there is seminal emission, it shall be washed with water and be unclean until evening. If a man lies with a woman so that there is a seminal emission, they shall both bathe in water and be unclean until evening. (Leviticus 15:16-18)(NASB)

A little further in the same chapter, in verse 32 God says that he man who has a seminal emission is unclean by it.

Where do erotic dreams come from?

In the book of Ecclesiastes it says:

For the dream comes through much effort and the voice of a fool through many words. (Ecclesiastes 5:3)(NASB)

So dreams come through much effort and this helps us understand the commandment given by God on nocturnal pollution and, obviously, erotic dreams. Not so much the seminal emission, but the sources that produced those erotic thoughts make a man unclean and defile him. These sources are erotic stories, movies, jokes, erotic happenings heard from others or read, stories with erotic content. It is obviously that even in cartoons for children there are implemented erotic elements and in shop windows are placed erotic toys. Billboards are flooded with erotic images so as to arouse sexual fantasies of men. It is sad to see Romanian stars that want to look sexy and publish unashamedly personal erotic images.

How to get free of your erotic dreams?

There is no peace for a man whose heart is under the pressure if the sexual desire while sleeping or being awake. If you are a Christian, and have received the Holy Spirit, God says:

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. (II Corinthians 10:3-5)(NASB)

We receive these weapons, strengthened by God, together with the Holy Spirit, when we believe in the Lord Jesus and it is our responsibility to study the Scriptures, to pray and be occupied with the holy things, so that we can destroy erotic speculations and every lofty thing that raises our minds against the knowledge of Christ. One who learns to live each day according to the advice of the Holy Spirit, will be able to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. God help us so.

Translated by Felicia Rotaru