How Porn Works

Pornography in its various forms has become accessible to just about anyone. With the help of the internet, videos, cable television, satellite and magazines, thousands...or possibly millions of people are becoming addicted to pornography every day.  Though the sex industry downplays the impact of porn on society, the truth is that pornography profoundly damages people. 

Pornography images are designed to appeal to our human tendencies toward lust and "sexual idolatry."  Let's examine these tendencies more closely:

Lust:  Webster's Dictionary defines lust as "intense or unbridled sexual desire," "an intense longing: craving" and a "conscious impulse toward something that promises enjoyment or satisfaction in its attainment."   The problem with lust is that it is based in selfishness and works contrary to love.  In fact, it is the opposite of love (see lust vs. love).  When fed, it can grow into an uncontrollable force in a person's life.  Like a wildfire, lust can consume a person's resources, time and attention.  

The Bible identifies 2 basic types of lust that people are tempted by: "lust of the eyes" and "lust of the flesh" (1 John 2:15-17).   Pornography caters to both types by providing visual stimulation that appeals to our "fleshly" desire for sex (more about lust).  It also gives us lifelong fuel for lust through the memories of the sexual images.  With the help of special hormones released in the brain during sexual arousal, porn images are retained in our memories much longer than non-sexual memories.  

Sexual Idolatry:  Idolatry is the "worship of a physical object as a god" or an "immoderate attachment or devotion to something."  Worship means to show "extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem"  (both from Webster's Dictionary).  Many people may not realize that pornography has helped them develop an immoderate or extravagant  devotion to sex.   Gazing at pornography for hours, masturbating to sexual images and repeatedly fantasizing about sex are basically forms of worshipping sex.   People who practice such activities find that sexual images seem to rise to the top and forefront of their thoughts.  Their minds become a type of  "mental altar" for sex (more about sexual idolatry). 

Unfortunately, pornography's powerful appeal leads many into sexual addiction.  A life dedicated to pornography, or even just seasoned with occasional viewing of it can become considerably darkened by the many harmful side effects.  Here are just a few of the many possible side effects of pornography addiction that we've witnessed: 

  • Perversions (homosexuality, bestiality, bisexuality, transexuality, fetishes, etc.)
  • Irritability
  • Sexual imbalance
  • Sexual dissatisfaction
  • Masturbation
  • Lies & deception
  • Uncontrolled thoughts
  • Spiritual oppression
  • Marital strife / destruction / divorce
  • Corrupted perception of reality
  • Warped interpersonal skills
  • Reclusiveness
  • Fear
  • Increased tendency toward sexual crime
  • Guilt & condemnation
  • Loss of Hope
  • Depression
  • Inability to give or receive love
  • Spiritual death
  • Torment
  • Depraved mind
  • Darkened understanding
  • Loss of discernment between good & evil
  • Promiscuity
  • Lustful eye

 

(see destruction testimonials for real life examples)

Many of the above effects reflect the fact that there is a spiritual aspect of pornography and sex addiction.  Jesus gave us a clue about this in Matthew 6:22-23 NIV:  "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!"   Porn is a form of darkness that follows the rule Jesus described.  When people view pornography, they open a "doorway" in their lives through their eyes to darkness.   The resultant effects of that darkness can be seen in our list above. 

Power for Freedom is Available
We have found that a person desiring freedom from sexual addiction will need spiritual help in order to gain complete freedom.  The only source we know of for reliable and decisive help is Jesus Christ.  We have experienced personally this addiction-breaking power and are happy to share more info about it with anyone who is interested.  (Contact Us)

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