Pornography is the explicit representation of the human body or sexual activity used for the intent of stimulation. It usually consists of images depicting the satisfaction of the sort of "unnatural lust" which leads to damnation. (Jude 1:6-7 ) It destroys the mind as gambling does and, even worse, pornography leads to terrible crimes against women and children. The Greek word πορνεία (porneía) appears several times in the New Testament as a sin that, unless repented of, will prevent one from entering heaven; however, such a word in Ancient Greek mostly referred to illicit sexual relationships (such as adultery and incest), prostitution, and also, in a broader sense, idolatry.
- When Christ said "any man who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart," He made it clear that chastity -- and unchastity -- don't begin with what we do, but rather in what we think. And deliberately seeking such stimulation outside a committed marriage, even via the imagination, constitutes a sin against chastity.
Pornographic images have been proliferating at a remarkable rate. What was a $5 million-a-year enterprise merely 25 years ago has boomed to a $7 billion to $10 billion-a-year industry today... the fastest growing sectors of the industry are pornographic DVDs, cable television, and phone sex. Pornography is no longer confined to the seedier sections of town. With the advent of the Internet, it has become readily available to all, including children, and in the privacy of our own homes.
Dr. Jerry Bergman (Ph.D.) wrote:
- Pornography distorts the natural development of personality. If the early stimulus is pornographic photographs, the adolescent can be conditioned to become aroused through photographs. Once this pairing is rewarded a number of times, it is likely to become permanent. The result to the individual is that it becomes difficult for the person to seek out relations with appropriate persons. Furthermore, pornography teaches people to look upon others as nothing more than sex objects, therefore, possibly inducting thoughts of committing rape.
Illusion and addiction
- Pornography consumption is not something that can easily be stopped. Once the appetite for it has developed, it actually increases. In his 1988 study Pornography Effects: Empirical and Clinical Evidence, Victor Cline, then with the University of Utah's Department of Psychology noted that studies show pornography is progressive and addictive for many. It often leads to the user acting out his fantasy.
- The Internet is the "crack cocaine" of sexual addiction.
"People often act in accordance with the images and patterns they find around them," so looking at pornography is a dangerous practice; although being around a loving Christian family for most of the day, and instead acting in accordance with those images and patterns seems to negate this.
Porn says that happiness is found by having the same experience over and over again with lots of different women; true eros says that happiness is found by having different experiences over and over again with the same person.
Departure from the norm
Viewing or reading pornography day in and day out has a negative effect. It desensitizes a person, makes him more withdrawn, and makes him view others (of the opposite sex) like objects rather than the people they are. Although some people have argued that "erotica" is okay, in the history of erotic literature it is rare to find any depiction of normal marital relations.
Cary Tennis wrote:
- And naturally whether you approve of porn in theory or not, its effect will be to displace you. Like crack, it tends to take over, to push out other hungers that tend to nurture the human community by making us dependent on one another. Since we are dependent on each other we must be civil and loving. If we are not dependent on each other then we needn't be civil and loving. We needn't have community and family.
There is debate whether it is truly moral to be 'civil and loving' purely because it is necessary, as Cary Tennis seems to say here. Other Christians argue that to be 'civil and loving' purely because we are dependent on others is actually immoral and manipulative. These Christians argue that to be self-contained, independent and yet still warm and loving is a greater virtue.
Debbie Nathan wrote:
- Porn is everywhere today, everyone is looking, and the media responds with little more than gloom-and-doom talk about evils like Internet sex addiction, or rah-rah promotion of Brazilian waxing and Jenna Jameson’s fame and fortune. Meanwhile, few know the real history of this explosive media, or the truth about its business practices, working conditions, politics and actual effects on people. Pornography: A Groundwork Guide.
Due to a series of liberal decisions beginning with the Warren Court, pornography is aggressively sold and distributed in the United States without meaningful law enforcement. It is a $7-10 billion industry that affects and harms 40 million Americans. Pornography destroys relationships and exploits young people. The ACLU has also opposed any limits on the availability of pornographic content, as well as the Child Online Protection Act, which would have placed restrictions on how accessible pornography would be to minors on the internet.
Similar to Hollywood Values, the pornographic industry is rife with destructive liberal values that prove dangerous and even deadly. A great number of pornographic movie "stars" have died untimely deaths due to drug use, alcoholism and sexually transmitted disease. Below is a list of such cases. Note that most names below are stage names, that such actors adopt out of shame and acknowledgment of their depraved choices. In that same vein, suicide is very common among pornographic "actors."
- Brad Chase, suicide (hanging)
- John Holmes, 43, died of AIDS
- Maria Christina, 41, drug overdose
- Vanessa Freeman, 29, murdered
- Elisa Bridges, 28, drug overdose combining heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs
- Shannon Michelle Wilsey, committed suicide after a drunken car accident.
- Chance Ryder, 26, drug overdose
- Roberta Pedon, 43, cirrhosis of the liver due to alcoholism
- Pierce Daniels, 32, AIDS
- Lisa Melendez, 40, AIDS
- Teri Diver, 38, drug overdose
- Wendy O. Williams, 24, suicide (self-inflicted gunshot)
- Nancee Kelly, 44, suicide (self-inflicted gunshot)
- Jon Vincent, 36, suicide (drug overdose)
- Caleb Carter, 31, suicide after suffering from manic depression, alcoholism
- Kyle Hazzard, 33, AIDS
- Charli Waters, 20, murdered
- Andy Mantegna, 34, suicide (hanging)
- Banishing Unchaste Thoughts
- Censorship or Education?
- Jerry Bergman, Ph.D., The Influence of Pornography on Sexual Development: Three Case Histories, IX Family Therapy 3, 1982, pg. 265.
- (Christian Answers)
- At the crux of this issue is whether written pornography might have a causal effect in eroticizing criminal activities. One case that dealt with this issue indirectly is American Booksellers Association v. Hudnut, ... the court conceded that it saw some evidence of a causal relationship between pornography and anti-social behaviors.... People often act in accordance with the images and patterns they find around them. . . . Depictions of subordination tend to perpetuate subordination." 771 F.2d at 328-29.
- (Salon magazine)
- National Catholic Register p. 8 (Apr. 22, 2007).
- Guide to Family Issues: The Harms of Pornography : United Families Intl
- How can I tell if I'm getting addicted to sex or pornography? - ChristianAnswers.Net
- Pornography & Islam : A 12-step guide To Fight Pornography Addiction
- NoPornHampton - an anti-pornography organization with an extensive, blog-style website
- Censorship or Education? Feminist Views on Pornography
- What's A Woman To Do? How Pornography Affects Women and What They Can Do, Geoff Steurer, Meridian Magazine
- How Adult Pornography Contributes To Sexual Exploitation of Children, by Robert Peters, President of Morality in Media (September 2009)