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Does the Bible say anything about voyeurism?

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Voyeurism is not directly mentioned in the Bible, but the Bible does have much to say about the things involved in voyeurism. In essence, voyeurism is stealing someone's privacy in order to gain some sort of sexual pleasure. Voyeurs observe people who are undressing, naked, or involved in sexual activity, without that person's knowledge or consent, and in secret. Voyeurs may observe in person from a distance, or might use cameras or video equipment to secretly photograph or videotape the object of their fetish.

Using biblical principles, we can easily determine that voyeurism is sinful. Voyeurism is invasive and disrespectful to the person being watched. It is stealing their privacy. Jesus calls us to love others (John 13:34–35) and treat them as we would want to be treated (Matthew 22:34–40). Zechariah 7:9–10 says to be kind and to "let none of you devise evil against another." Other Scriptures call us to show each other respect and kindness (Galatians 5:22–23; Colossians 3:12).

Voyeurism is also a sexual sin. Jesus said, "I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart" (Matthew 5:28). When we view others (not our spouse) with a sexual intent, seeking to satisfy our flesh (as Romans 13:14 says), that is wrong. When we are faced with the choice of satisfying a lustful impulse, we should instead choose to "put on the Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 13:14).

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