One night, you’re sitting there on the computer and a site pops up. You decide to click the link and surprise — a website pops up depicting young men and women doing sexually explicit things to one another that you wouldn’t even do to your spouse. Interested and slightly aroused, you decide to look around a bit. You find your hands beginning to wander but you don’t care because it feels so good — unbeknownst to you, you have just committed a sin. What could you have done differently?
It’s very simple, really. The answer that you seek lies within the pages of the Gospel. Take for example, Matthew 5:28 and 1 John 2:16, two verses that very animately describe such topics:
But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery in their heart.
Matthew 5:28 (NIV)
For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world.
1 John 2:16 (NIV)
Our attraction to porn is considered a lust of the eyes. One who watches porn is considered an adulterer in the Gospel. “But why?” you ask, “it is human nature to look around, so if it is so natural to get aroused by an individual’s physique even if they aren’t your husband or wife, why is it a sin?” Because lust, period, is sin. It leads to action — and action leads to more sin. You got away with it once, right? “Okay, I see your point, but what is wrong with looking at a little porn every now and again?” Remember that the hole of evil is easy to fall deep into, but is much, much harder to climb out of. So the answer may not surprise you: everything. I am not trying to cause doubt in you — I too have fallen victim to this sin. I want to steer you away from it.
Pornography causes problems in both interpersonal relationships and is damaging to the relationship you have with Christ. Check out this article for information on the effects that pornography has on the brain: http://www.reuniting.info/download/pdf/ORI.pdf. The article goes on to describe how porn affects the brain, describing such possible side effects as early-onset erectile dysfunction, lack of libido for a real mate accompanied by increased sex drive while watching porn, etc.
And that doesn’t even cover what pornography does to singles. Singles may find that they have a harder time finding love, building interpersonal relationships and friendships that may lead to more, or lose interest in potential mates.
Pornography is powerful stuff and as anyone can tell you, sex sells. Only through a strong belief system and absolute accountability can one find refuge from these websites. If you are currently looking at porn, stop and see a spiritual adviser. Also, if you are concerned that you will inadvertently view porn as a result of the websites you go to, you may want to check out one of the many fine filtering products out there.