@Anonymous Being submissive or being dominant are neither good nor bad. It is simply how God has created certain people. What matters is the relationship. A good Dominant will not take advantage of a Sub, and will be conscious of his/her needs. Subs and Doms simply have different needs, and in a healthy D/S relationship, the needs of both are met in a loving way.
@DavidStratton I do not think that people should be characterized as simply "dominant" and "submissive". Those are relative terms to each other, and are meaningless in absolute terms. In addition, I do not think it is possible that a person can be completely dominant without being submissive at all, in any circumstance, or vice versa.
On the other hand, people can make dramatic or literary caricatures of concepts and play the caricatures out in stories. Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice makes the concepts "pride" and "prejudice" come to life by allowing the principal characters embody them.
Additionally, the terms "dominant" and "submissive" in that context are just subjective identity terms, based on how the individual identifies himself or herself. I'm sure we can find some couples who are in a dominant-submissive relationship, based on our own definitions, even though they do not see themselves as such.
@DavidStratton I wouldn't say that stereotyping people is intrinsically a bad thing. As long as it is done privately and not harmful, I think stereotypes and generalizations and social labels are a way for the human brain to make sense of the disorganized, big world.
@Anonymous yeah, if someone believes that God is omniscient then they believe He can do that.
@Anonymous But that's a matter of degrees, a sinful inclination is only sinful if it is acted upon. But if you're delighting in your sinful desires within your imagination then I think thinking the thought is a sinful act
@PeterTurner Do you know a textual verse that supports the belief that God is omniscient?
@PeterTurner What happens if you have conflicted emotions? On one side, you delight at the thought of torturing someone in your mind. And then, you feel sick that you are even thinking of disturbing thoughts in the first place?
@PeterTurner Maybe one literary example would be Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart.