Porn: Truth, Lies, and a Challenge...

I recently read an article that promoted pornography as a good thing. That's wrong. Porn is actually a problem, not something to be celebrated. However, mixed in with the lies, there are a number of things the article got exactly right about porn. Let's take some time to sort out the truth from the lies. 

[There] is a low thrum in the media, a bass note under the endless cavalcade of news and chatter and commerce. That thrum is porn, vibrating like a secret chord through our lives. But porn is not some offshoot of perversity. Porn exists because we, the human animals, exist. 

Truth: Porn and its effects are everywhere.

Porn is defining the way our news anchors look and behave. It is creating and molding our desires and expectations about sexuality as we drive down the road, buy our groceries, read books, browse magazines and watch movies. Therefore, all of us, both men and women will struggle with the consequences of porn in our culture in various ways all of our days, both within ourselves and others. It is indeed the bass note under our life today. You hear it and feel it everywhere. Like the relentless driving beat of that SUV 8 cars back at the stoplight, you can't escape it. If you aren't used to it, you can't hear yourself think when it is around. But once you're used to it, it fades into the background. We need to be aware of this constant hum, and work to counteract its effects.

Lie: Porn isn't perverse.

Yes it is. This is the big lie that Satan is working to convince us of. Even Christians have begun to question whether porn is really wrong. It is because it amounts to idolatry.

Bonus Lie: We're just a bunch of animals.

Claiming to be an animal is a convenient excuse to let you do anything you want. If you're just following your animal instincts, you can't be judged. But we are men and women made in the image of God, and he has revealed his holy will to us. We know right and wrong so we can and will be judged for our actions.

Bonus truth: Porn exists because we exist.

He's right. Porn wouldn't exist if we didn't exist, but that's only part of the story. Porn exists because mankind is sinful and perverts the good gifts God has given us, like sexuality. 

The challenge: Can you find a scripture passage that applies to one of the truths or lies listed above? If so, leave it in the comments. 

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Comments

I always think of this verse

I always think of this verse in relation to the lie. "For the lips of an adultress drip honey and smoother than oil is in her speech; But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two edged sword. Her feet go down to death, Her steps take hold of sheol." Proverbs 5:3-5

Scriptures for the bonus lie!

In regard to the bonus lie that we are just a bunch of animals:

"What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
And You crown him with glory and majesty!
You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
All sheep and oxen,
And also the beasts of the field,
The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea,
Whatever passes through the paths of the seas."
—Psalm 8:4–8

God sometimes convicts men of acting like brute beasts, but it is always shameful and perverse and incurs God's condemnation:

"But these men revile the things which they do not understand; and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed. Woe to them!" —Jude 10–11a

16 So you will be delivered

16 So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman,
from the adulteress with her smooth words,
17 who forsakes the companion of her youth
and forgets the covenant of her God;
18 for her house sinks down to death,
and her paths to the departed;
19 none who go to her come back,
nor do they regain the paths of life.

Proverbs 2:16-19

Lie: We're just a bunch of

Lie: We're just a bunch of animals.

Scripture: "Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." (Genesis 1:26-27)