sexta-feira, 19 de outubro de 2012

What does the Bible say about pornography?

I. Escape the Trap! 

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by Revival Movement Association

This 20 page booklet deals with the dangers of pornography for young people especially on T.V. and the internet.

Please if you can, let your friends know about this tract. It is a good tool to help youth ESCAPE THE TRAP!


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http://www.revivalmovement.org/


I I. Why Is Porno wrong? 

 by Matt Slick

1 Cor. 6:18, "Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body."
Even though the Bible does not say anything about pornography, it is still wrong.  Pornography deals with photography and/or illicit paintings and/or cartoons that are designed to arouse sexual passions in the viewer.  It is certainly possible that at the time when the Bible was written that there were various art forms that depicted sexually explicit things. But apparently this phenomenon was not sufficiently prevalent enough for the subject to be addressed in the Bible. Nevertheless, we can derive an accurate conclusion from scriptures that deal with other issues and apply them to the issue of pornography.
Matt. 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 on a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart."

Col. 3:5, "Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry."
As you can see, the Bible tells us to be sexually pure. This is why Jesus even tells us to guard our minds. Note that He said in Matt. 5:28 that to even look on a woman lustfully is to commit adultery with her. In viewing pornography, nakedness, and explicit sexual displays lust is not only given the opportunity to rise (thereby enticing since) but most often lustful passions and thoughts are triggered in the heart and mind.

This is obviously sinful and clearly demonstrates that pornography is sinful.  Add to this that often times pornography involves viewing sexual intercourse between unmarried people, and/or homosexual and lesbian activities, and we have a very clear case of it being sinful. Even if the pornography does not involve viewing sexual intercourse between two people, it involves the viewing of naked individuals which is properly reserved for a husband and a wife.
Now someone may ask "What about art?  It often portrays the nakedness of men and women? Why isn't that pornographic?" The difference between art and pornography is the difference between beauty and lust.  In art the nakedness is intended to be a display of  beauty and wonder.  Pornography does no such thing. It's intent is to entice a person by arousing the person's lust.  But then, someone may say that they view pornography as an art form and that it is beautiful.  But this is nothing more than an attempt to justify sin.

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I I I.  A wife whose husband views pornography have grounds to divorce?

People have different views about Matthew 5:27-28, I have my views as well, but let see what Jeff Olson respond to this question:

by Jeff Olson

Only God understands the pain that many women feel when they discover that their husbands are looking at pornography. Many wives are hurt by this discovery. They become angry and filled with personal doubts.
Women in this situation often find themselves on a difficult road, especially if there has been a pattern and history to their husband’s involvement. Betrayal of the marital trust cuts deep into a woman’s soul, and many have found that it takes time to learn to trust again.
Some have had husbands who slowly re-earned trust by doing whatever it takes to bring an end to the practice, by not blaming their wives for their own wrongs, and by patiently accepting responsibility for the emotional pain and struggles with trust they have created for their wives.
It’s never easy for a wife to walk this road. While some are committed to stay married and work through the pain and mistrust, others take a different course by appealing to the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:27-28 , citing them as grounds to seek a divorce. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
Their contention is understandable. Since their husbands sexually lusted over women while looking at pornography, then they are guilty of the sin of adultery. And because adultery is grounds for divorce ( Matthew 19:9 ), they believe they have grounds to seek a divorce.
They may have a case — depending on the severity and extent of their husband’s problem. A husband who is into severe forms of pornography such as paedophilia or sadomasochism has likely sunken into such a deep level of perversion that it causes just as much devastation as physical adultery. 

Of course, a husband who refuses to give up his affair with any form of pornography is blatantly betraying his covenant with his wife. Generally speaking, it is only a matter of time before he seeks to act out on the lust he’s been cultivating in his heart through pornography. In such cases, a wife has a basis to appeal to the words of Jesus as grounds for divorce too.
Realistically, however, if Jesus meant to imply that sexually lustful thoughts were grounds for divorce in every case, then every husband could be divorced on that basis. What husband can say that his mind has never wandered into sexual lust of some kind. As we try to understand the implications of Jesus’ words, we must remember the context in which Jesus spoke about sexual lust and adultery. 

Jesus’ main point was not to give a wife wholesale grounds for divorce. He made the link between lust and adultery primarily to make the point that sin is more than mere behaviour  it is also a matter of the heart.

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Understanding Homosexuality  (it is one of the best articles about homosexuality)

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http://c3christiancounseling.com/articles.php?article=14



I V. 10 Steps to Overcoming Pornography Addiction

1. First, you must acknowledge the addiction exists. 

Many who are caught in the trap of addiction will adamantly deny the problem. 

He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion. - Proverbs 28:13

2. You must recognize that what you are doing is wrong.

Addicts find a way to justify their problem in their mind. 

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. - I John 2:16

3. You must not blame others 

"If my wife/husband were just more affectionate." ... "If women/men were not so seductive."

Adam blamed Eve and she blamed the serpent. Instead, you must begin to take responsibility for your actions.

4. Make yourself accountable to a spiritual authority,

Perhaps parents, or a pastor or mature believer. Everybody needs a "safe" person to share their struggles with. 

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. - James 5:16

5. You must recognize that "will power" is not the answer.

you are in need of God's help
At a weak moment, your "will" may fail you. By admitting that you are in need of God's help, you open access to His supernatural intervention in your life. You must yield your will to God's will. That's when He can begin a new work in your life.

6. Study the Word of God concerning sexual purity. 

Therefore putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the Word implanted, which is able to save your souls. - James 1:21  

7. You must destroy any pornography in your possession. 

You can't wean yourself off pornography. Think of the hidden pornography in your home as a ticking time bomb that will ultimately destroy your family.

8. You must learn to flee temptation. 

Self-deception may enter when you think you can play with fire without getting burned. 

Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not proceed in the way of evil men. Avoid it, do not pass by it. Turn away from it and pass on. - Proverbs 4:14,15

9. Give yourself time to work through the process of recovery. 

More often than not, God chooses to take us through a learning and growing process, that can be very painful. Victory over addiction should be viewed as a marathon, not a sprint.

10. It's cliche, but you must approach your addiction one day at a time. 

Look for little victories and rejoice in the progress you're making. Recovery is a cinch by the inch, but a trial by the mile.
http://www.growthtrac.com/artman/publish/overcoming-pornography-addiction-669.php



I VWhat shall I do to be saved? 

If you recognize that you are a sinner and you would like to ask the Lord forgiveness for your sins, give your life to Jesus and receive Eternal Life, you can do the following prayer:

... forgive me Lord ...
"Heavenly Father, I want to ask you forgiveness for all my sins and I want to put my trust in Jesus today. Please, have mercy on me, a sinner. I believe in you and that your word is true. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and that he died on the cross so that I may now have forgiveness for my sins and eternal life. I know that without you in my heart my life is meaningless.

I believe in my heart that you, Lord God, raised Him from the dead. Please Jesus forgive me, for every sin I have ever committed or done in my heart, please Lord Jesus forgive me and come into my heart as my personal Lord and Savior today. I need  you to be my Savior and my Father.

I give you my life and ask you to take full control from this moment on; I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ."

Amen.

If you want to read a good article about Salvation, please click below

Mr Good Person
Mr Good Person

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How to become an atheist



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