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The Victims of Pornography

Posted by on Oct. 12, 2009 at 9:01 AM
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A teenage girl was recalling what her childhood had been like—a childhood marred by porn. "When I was eight years old," she wrote, "my father made me look at [pornographic] pictures" involving sex acts he wanted her to perform. "I went along with him, not knowing any better," she said.

For years this girl's father raped her while using these pictures—and at age 16, she had a sexually transmitted disease. "I may die of this disease," she wrote sadly. "Pornography has ruined my life."

So much for the claim—often made by porn advocates—that pornography is a victimless crime. This week is White Ribbon against Pornography Week—a good time to remind ourselves of how destructive porn is.

The numbers are staggering. Porn is a 10-billion-dollar-a-year industry. One study revealed that more than 32 million individuals visited an Internet porn site in just one month. Some 800 million pornographic DVDs are rented each month. Other surveys reveal that one in five children on the Internet receives a sexual solicitation.

Christians are not immune to the siren call of porn. A Focus on the Family poll found that 17 percent of Christian adults have visited sexually oriented sites.

There is no longer any doubt that pornography inspires crime. Most child molesters admit that they consume hard-core porn on a regular basis.

And those who create porn are now victimizing even the youngest children. Police who seize pornographic films and pictures note that they are seeing X-rated images of toddlers and even babies—this is sickening.

As surprising as it may seem, sexual addiction—like all addictions—represents a deep hunger for God. In their book, The Sacred Romance, Brent Curtis and John Eldredge point out that humans are designed for intimacy with God. Sometimes we allow the world, however, to drown out God's voice. But our need for communion with Him never goes away. Instead of seeking fulfillment in Christ, the addict tries to fill the emptiness with other things: pornography, an affair, or a fantasy life.  

As the authors put it, "We put our hope in . . . some form of immediate gratification, some taste of transcendence that will place a drop of water on our parched tongue." And they add that "this taste of transcendence, coming as it does from an obsession with . . . pornography . . . has the same effect on our souls as crack cocaine." The addiction "attaches itself to our desire [for God] with chains that render us captive."

That's why addiction expert Gerald May calls addiction "the most powerful psychic enemy of humanity's desire for God." And nothing can free the captives of addiction except God.

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wilswife
by on Oct. 12, 2009 at 9:14 AM

this week im gonna look at this subject, i have two friends that i know of, who's husbands are addicted, or atleast look at porn, i think it was a joyce myers conference where she said, when a christian convention comes to town, the 'porn movie' orders in the hotel room triple,  so its a huge problem,

so my desire is to "get understanding" and i pray this will encourage someone who is either addicted to porn  themselves or has a husband addicted, that with God NOTHING is impossible, and you or they can be set free

or like in this post, if youve been a victom, molested, mistreated, scarred, that You can find healing and restoration.

octavia137r
by on Oct. 12, 2009 at 4:03 PM


Quoting wilswife:

this week im gonna look at this subject, i have two friends that i know of, who's husbands are addicted, or atleast look at porn, i think it was a joyce myers conference where she said, when a christian convention comes to town, the 'porn movie' orders in the hotel room triple,  so its a huge problem,

so my desire is to "get understanding" and i pray this will encourage someone who is either addicted to porn  themselves or has a husband addicted, that with God NOTHING is impossible, and you or they can be set free

or like in this post, if youve been a victom, molested, mistreated, scarred, that You can find healing and restoration.

Amen to that God does heal and restore familiesgroup hug

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