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Porn. The Insidious, Pernicious Lie.

laptopguyblurryWe’ve got to face this:  Porn is an insidious, destructive, pernicious lie.  No one benefits from porn.  No one.  People may think they’re benefiting as they temporarily have sensual and emotional gratification, or relief from stress or loss.  Magazines and movies gave way to desktop and then laptop computers and now cellphones for everyone! Instant porn in a pocket.  Porn in pockets everywhere.  People may think the activity is harmless, private, inconsequential.  They may think they’re actually doing their spouse a favour by not *actually* being seduced by real women.  But that’s just one of the insidious lies; those are real women — women who’ve little more worth in that context than rubbish and men who use them advance and participate in this degradation of women and further perpetuate their soulless behaviour and destruction.

Creators of porn may think they’re benefiting from its production as they line their pockets and amass great wealth.  They may dupe themselves into believing they actually benefit the masses who purchase, rent or view their wares — because the masses keep buying, renting, viewing.

Porn kills intimacy & trust.
Porn brings death.  Death to conscience, death to vows of loyalty, honour and purity. Death to truth.  Death to protection and respect of and for others.  It brings shame. It brings guilt.  It brings suspicion.

Porn creates a new secret world for its users.  Enticed by its ease and availability, by its anonymity, and by its seeming lack of investment, users and viewers are soon ensnared by the tangled net of internet porn–free sex–free satisfaction to natural desires.  It’s all so easy.  It’s all so free.  It initially seems so satisfying.   But then it’s not.  It never will be because it will never be enough.  That’s the nature of lies… they’re never enough.  That’s the nature of sin… it’s never enough.   The sickening thing about porn is that the insatiable addiction it so often leads to other painful, unspeakable behaviour and consequent immeasurable damage in other people’s lives — children, wives and others.

Porn changes people.  The people in it and the people viewing it and the people whose lives are affected by those who do.  Death happens to all of them on different levels.  People become secretive, deceptive, sneaky, defensive, and on and on. 

The devil’s playbook is very thin.
From the beginning, the devil has had the same answer to problems, behaviour, disobedience.  His solutions have ever been: Hide it. Kill it. Destroy it. Deny it. A simple check of a computer’s history will shed light on user’s behaviour.  No history?  Why?  Huge gaps in history?  Why?

nopornPorn destroys the purity and sanctity of life — of marriage — of intimacy.  Secrecy and guilt change people and lead them to behave in ways they would never have thought they’d behave — to do things they could never imagined they’d do.  No one sets out to be unfaithful, but that’s exactly what happens when a spouse is involved in porn–though they may feel no real harm’s been done.  No longer is there sweet assurance of being wholly and singly devoted to the other (there’s the parenthetical online involvement that seems to not be actually, really in the home). No longer is appetite and desire a simple outpouring of the love relationship of a marriage.  It’s been supplanted by new images, activities, fantasies.

Porn’s inestimable effect is staggering.  No one sets out to molest, rape, or abuse children—but that’s exactly what happens in many instances.  Porn is evil.  It  destroys.  It’s not harmless…. we’ve got to get this straight and see it for the evil it is.

It’s interesting when Time Magazine will dedicate a cover story to an issue that may have earlier been an issue only in certain circles.  It seems to me that when “the world” is concerning itself with a “moral” matter and calls it an epidemic, the church really ought to take notice.

It’s late in the game.  But let’s not believe the devil that it’s too late.

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