Pornography – The Sin with Claws
by Christian Mucaj
This is not the first time that I’ve written about pornography, and I don’t believe that it will be the last. The reason that I’m again writing about it is that these days, this problem is spreading and its roots run deep within each individual who has grown dependent on it.
Viewing pornography in today’s society is considered perfectly normal since almost everyone has internet access in their homes, their cellphones, or internet centers. It is a given fact that every child in today’s society is exposed daily, deliberately or inadvertently, to pornographic images on the Internet or other media. This is from advertising, modern films or video clips or material containing sexual elements. Despite Albanian parents’ abilities to stop and block the child from any possible contact with pornographic material, the result has always been that the child would find a way to view porn due to its extensive global reach. From Digitalbi in the year 2000 (for many of my friends), to home Internet; to recent years when mobile phones with Internet access have become common. [Editor’s note: Digitalbi was a cable TV package with two password-protected channels that featured pornographic movies. The password was very easy to figure out. “That was the first presentation of us kids with porn movies,” Mucaj said.]
What is pornography?
Pornography is depicted sexual material, with the individual’s sexual arousal as its primary goal. A hundred billion dollar business has grown out of this, and it is increasing every day. For every click that is made on their sites, they profit. On the Internet, 1 in 8 searches is connected to erotic content. Presently, being a porn actor is legal work in many US states, and one is paid several times more than a teacher or a policeman. So, in essence, you are making someone rich, in exchange for a few minutes of viewing pornographic images.
Why is God against pornography?
In the Bible, there are no concrete verses that speak directly about pornography, as the term didn’t yet exist – although there were other “art forms” similar to porn dating back to that time which depicted sexual imagery. See here for more clear facts: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_erotic_depictions)
However, we can draw a clear conclusion in the face of other problems which can clearly be applied to the problem of pornography. Let’s look at some applicable verses:
- Matthew 5:27-28: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; 28 but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (NASB)
- 1 Corinthians 6:18: “Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.”
As we see, the text says “Everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” When porn, nudity and sexual material is viewed, not only do we feel lust and greed, but lust and greed are given more opportunity to enter our heart and mind, always making us more and more withdrawn. This is clearly sin. The Bible strictly prohibits sex between two unmarried persons (as is usually depicted in pornographic videos).
Likewise, the Bible strictly prohibits homosexuality and lesbianism, whereas in fact these types of relations make up a large percentage of pornographic material. In addition, the Bible categorically forbids exhibitionism (the display of nudity). Well, if we try to justify nakedness by saying “it is not porn”, the argument doesn’t stand because, again, such displays are wrong and encourage one to sin in his mind (as seen in Matthew 28 above). Someone may try to justify it with the fact that nudity is called “art”, but nudist art is completely different from photographed nudity. In art, the nude form is considered a work of beauty; whereas in pornography, the nude form is considered an ‘object’ for the purposes of greed and feeding the sexual appetite.
If you have not yet viewed pornography, stay far away. If you have occasionally been exposed to it, I counsel you not to look at it again; and if you look at it regularly I urge you to stop for many reasons I will list in the next post. Pornography is nothing compared to the liberating joy you can have through surrendering in prayer to God. In fact, no sin compares to the love God has in order to heal us.
No one is perfect. You are not sick! Every second, God is calling you to purify your mind and body from any impurities, so do not hesitate. Decide to be clean today. If you need help, I am ready to talk with you; to discuss things together; and help you to invite Jesus to cleanse you. This may also be your pastor if you are a member of a church, but you should know that everything lies in your desire to be a better person and closer to God. No one likes to be imprisoned!