Is porn the new cigarette?

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It’s slow, it’s silent, and it’s deadly

A lot of us forget that cigarettes use to be cool. In the 1950s smoking was the epitome of cool. Hollywood stars were doing it. They made it seem sensual and sophisticated. All the while, slowly and silently it was killing all those who were using it. Second-hand smoke caused potential hazards for those next to the ones smoking.

There was a time when the creators of the cigarette denied there being any negative consequences from the usage of cigarettes. But when we looked inside the body all we found was cancer and rot.

There is a new cigarette: Porn. It’s addictive, it’s deadly, and it’s rotting the insides of everyone who views it. Here are a few bitter facts about porn that you may not know: (sources are List 25, Psychology Today, and Fight the New Drug)

  • most males experience porn for the first time between 10 and 12
  • the sex industry is the most profitable industry in the world
  • a new pornographic film is made every 39 minutes in the United States
  • studies have shown teenagers all over the world use porn to learn about real life sex
  • in 2004, nearly 500,000 marriages ended due to pornography in the United States

According to the website Fight the New Drug, porn kills our brain, warps our heart and ruins our world. Porn is addictive, it acts like a drug, it changes our behavior, it kills love, it lies, it warps sex, it leads to violence, it’s a main cause for sex slavery, and it hates families.

If all of this is true, why are we not talking about it? And, what does God say about this kind of sexual immorality?

  1. We should not become enslaved to anything of this world. (1 Corinthians 6:12, 2 Peter 2:19)
  2. Lust of flesh and of the eyes are from the world and not God. (1 John 2:16)
  3. Lusting after another is the same as adultery. (Matthew 5:28)

There’s no doubt that Satan has helped in the shaping and warping of the definition and purpose of sex. Sex is a beautiful thing between a husband and wife. Outside of marriage it has been tainted and replaced with pornography, homosexuality, rape, and lust. (Got Questions)

Got Questions has seven steps for those who are seeking freedom from pornography.

  1. Confess your sin to God (1 John 1:9)
  2. Ask God to cleanse, renew, and transform your mind (Romans 12:2)
  3. Ask God to fill your mind with the right things (Philippians 4:8)
  4. Ask God to allow you to become holy when it comes to sexual immorality (1 Thessalonians 4:3-4)
  5. Understand the proper meaning of sex and rely on (or wait for) your spouse alone to meet that need (1 Corinthians 7:1-5)
  6. Ask God to learn to walk in the spirit and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh (Galatians 5:16)
  7. Take practical steps to reduce your exposure through pornography blockers, limiting television and video usages, and finding someone who can keep you accountable (Proverbs 27:17) Click Here for a software called Safe Eyes. It is a great PC software that can help protect you and your family from the dangers of the internet.

This last part is for the parents

I honestly don’t know how many parents read my blog. But if there are any, this last part is for you. My first bullet point on bitter facts about pornography should concern you. Most males are exposed to porn between 10 and 12. A lot of it is by accident or because they have heard about it from a friend.

Either way, you have a steep battle to fight. If you aren’t talking to your kid about sex, the purpose of sex, the dangers of sex, pornography, and the dangers of pornography then someone else will. I’m not here to tell you how to be a parent but I am here to present some chilling facts that our children and youth are facing.

I really encourage you to talk to your kid before it is too late. Here is a good article I found by Family Life that tackles the issue of talking to your kid about pornography and its dangers. Click Here to check it out.

 

Picture credit: http://hub.jhu.edu/2015/02/04/e-cigarettes-immune-system

 

 

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One comment

  1. shallowthinking · May 12, 2016

    Reblogged this on Shallow Thinking.

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