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Nov
08

The Dangers of Porn

7363040Sadly pornography has become a multibillion-dollar industry in our country.  It is so private and easy to access.  Just one click of the mouse, in the confines of a cubicle, or a person’s basement is all it takes.  No one has to know.

The lure for many is too great.  Pornography is like a drug.  It releases chemicals in our brain that produce a rush of adrenaline, a kind of high.  It creates a temporary release.  It’s a distraction from the pressure of the real world.  It creates a moment of fantasy. 

Like a drug, after we view it once we want it again.  Over time our senses become callused and we need more of it to get the same stimulation.  Harder and harder kinds of porn are eventually needed to produce the same rush.  Over time our minds become completely warped.  At best pornography will cause sexual frustration, perversion, and anger that will damage and destroy a healthy marriage.   At worst it will lead to violence, rape, child molestation, and even murder.

Check out some of these stats (http://www.safefamilies.org/sfStats.php)

As of 2003, there were 1.3 million pornographic websites; 260 million pages (N2H2, 2003).

The total porn industry revenue for 2006: $13.3 billion in the United States; $97 billion worldwide (Internet Filter Review).

U.S. adult DVD/video rentals in 2005: almost 1 billion (Adult Video News).

Hotel viewership for adult films: 55% (cbsnews.com).

Unique worldwide users visiting adult web sites monthly: 72 million (Internet Filter Review).

Number of hardcore pornography titles released in 2005 (U.S.): 13,588 (Internet Filter Review).

Adults admitting to Internet sexual addiction: 10%; 28% of those are women (internet-filter-review.com).

More than 70% of men from 18 to 34 visit a pornographic site in a typical month (comScore Media Metrix).

More than 20,000 images of child pornography posted online every week (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 10/8/03).

Approximately 20% of all Internet pornography involves children (National Center for Mission & Exploited Children).

“At a 2003 meeting of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, two thirds of the 350 divorce lawyers who attended said the Internet played a significant role in the divorces in the past year, with excessive interest in online porn contributing to more than half such cases. Pornography had an almost non-existent role in divorce just seven or eight years ago.” (Divorcewizards.com)

What are we to do?  In Matthew 5:29-30 Jesus said, So if your eye – even if it is your good eye – causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away.  It is better for you to lose one part of your boy than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.  And if your hand – even if it is your stronger hand – causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.  It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

Don’t go gouge out your eye, please!  But do take some drastic measures.  Confess your sin to a trusting, godly, prayerful friend.  Repent of your sins and renew your commitment to Jesus Christ.  Take your computer out of your basement and put it in the kitchen where the whole family can see what you’re doing.  Better yet, consider unplugging the computer all together.  Pray and ask God to renew your mind.  Begin to meditate upon God’s Word.

 

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