Reasons to Avoid Pornography
Most arguments against pornography have to do with consequences. If we accept
that God's good gifts of sex and marriage are to be valued and protected, ,
we will be concerned about choices that destroy sexual virtue.
Here are four
reasons to be concerned;
1.Pornography obscures the sin of mistreating our neighbour.
Because all women are the "neighbours" of men ( and men of women),
they should be treated respectfully; not as objects for personal pleasure,
if we are to " avoid sexual immorality". ( 1 Thess. 4:3).
we to make of any medium that portrays human bodies as mere objects? These " objects of lust" are
real people. To reduce them to body parts and sexual performance
tools dehumanizes them. Some would argue that these images
are not people, andtherefore cannot be violated. But can
we so easily separate our treatment of photographic images
and people made in God's image?
Others are also mistreated
by pornography; including those who feel shame and disgust when they happen
to see degrading
images, and those who feel betrayed and victimized when a
spouse or friend accesses scenes that should be restricted
to spousal intimacy.
When the biblical virtues of love, modesty;
purity and chastity are suppressed by lust, exhibitionism,
decadence, and promiscuity,
all of these involved are hurt.
If, before marriage, we see
each other only as sexual objects, how will we stop doing
so once married? What will happen
in relationships with people other than one's spouse? A life
free of pornography predisposes us to love our neighbours
better as thinking and feeling human beings.
normalizes and invites sexual immorality.
In the digitally manipulated world of centerfolds, the human
body is smoothed to " perfection", defined in limited (often surgically enhanced)
shapes, and displayed in ways that encourage fantasy "relationships".
Premarital intercourse, adultery,
multiple-partner sex, homosexuality and bi-sexuality are graphically displayed
and promoted, dulling the viewer's conscience.
Many viewers says that after
indulging in pornography, they think of the opposite sex almost exclusively
in sexual terms,
judging them physically and fantasizing about sex acts. If
we think promiscuously , when will these thoughts leads to
3.Pornography that contains violence stimulates
Decades of research show that viewers of violent pornography
become more aggressive towards females who anger them. Many
viewers who could not imagine themselves stooping to sexual
violence find themselves gradually
accepting what they watch, and believing the participants deserve what they
While few viewers become sex criminals, many suffer looses
in gentleness and sensitivity, self -control and patience.
In addition, the consumer of pornography
supports an industry that habitually uses violence against those who pose.
4.Pornography can injure fidelity and intimacy in marriage.
show that exposure to non-violent sexually explicit materials results in higher
expectations for sexual
activity, higher tolerance for deviant forms of sexual experience,
lower esteem for women rated as " average" in attractiveness,
and less satisfaction in the level of love for one's spouse.
Young people may falsely assume they are" getting sexual
experimentation out of their systems", When they actually
building patterns that can significantly hamper their future.
According to researcher Patrick Carnes, pornography -viewing
often becomes a
habit, even an addiction . What if one's spouse is deeply hurt by this focus
on others bodies? How can any relationship live up to a fantasy, since by definition
fantasy is about one person exercising absolute control? In many ways pornography
challenges the marriage covenant. Faithfulness includes the mind, a perspective
Jesus addressed when he observed that " anyone who looks at a
woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart"(
Ryan's dad referred to managing his temptation as a " long
and difficult road". As the metaphor plays itself out,
two important implications are clear : First, staying on
the right road means staying off the wrong roads-the ones
that look attractive but hide potholes, predators, or a drop--off
to certain destruction. Some of us need to be honest and
admit we are already traveling these wrong roads.
staying on the right road requires focussing on our destination.
When we're approaching home after a long
trip away; the side streets aren't very tempting. For Christians,
that's ultimately when we're headed:
Home. The same Jesus
who promised us a room in His Father's house said that He
would be with us until we arrive safely.
Our goal in life is not to "avoid looking at pornography",
but to be so involved in our Journey with Jesus that the
streets of heaven are more attractive than anything else.
Christians should follow Paul's advice to develop God's site
By choosing to view whatever is TRUE, NOBLE, RIGHT,
PURE, LOVELY, or ADMIRABLE. ( phili: 4: 8 )
( By Dr: Spencer.
Moodly Monthly, Jul &Aug. 1999 )
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