Every action whether good or bad starts with a thought. No one is inheritably good or bad. People have to think about doing right or wrong things then use their conscience to act on those good or bad thoughts. Everyone acts good and bad, and every good or bad action must start with a thought.
The word addict comes from the Latin word Addictus meaning assigned, surrendered. Western culture paints a picture of addicts as people who lost control of their habit. Something that a person once felt needed has now become something they cannot live without. Take porn addictions for example. You would think that defeating a porn addiction is much harder today than it ever has been because pornography is easily accessible. Google porn on your computer and comes a list of free websites that have a wide range of categories of free porn.
Whether accessing porn is as easy as a word search on the internet, or if you had to visit an adult store a few decades ago, the fact of the matter is that all addictions started with a thought. If you don’t think about it, then an addiction will not occur. If you do think about something often then how often you choose to act on it becomes good or bad.
You have more power over you mind than what you give yourself credit for and sometimes it can feel hard to control a bad thought because your body does play a role in your decisions. In your mind, you know that watching pornography will only give a temporary pleasure and immediately after you’ll feel guilty that you gave into temptation. But, when your body craves lust it is harder not to act on a lustful thought.
Just as when you’re hungry, and you see junk food. You think in your head that that junk food isn’t healthy, but your body is hungry and wants immediate satisfaction, so despite your mind knowing that the junk food is unhealthy you may choose the junk food to satisfy your body’s craving.
The Bible says do not give into the lust of the flesh. “Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God,” Romans 8:8.
“For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other so that you are not to do whatever you want.” Galatians 5:17.
Our human nature has a craving for more everything. More food, more pleasure, more power, more more more. Our thoughts are what controls how much we give ourselves into desires.