Some defend sexually provocative pictures as being a form of art that promotes the beauty of the human form. Such an assertion seeks to separate the artist’s work from his intent and instructions. God created the human form after His own image (cf. Genesis 1:27). His creation is indeed beautiful, and He recognized it as such. His intent from the beginning was that male and female would be united and become one within the parameters of the marriage covenant. God created sex not only for procreation, but also as an expression of love that brings a husband and wife closer together physically and emotionally. Pornography offers sex in place of real intimacy.
Real sexual fulfillment is a result that is only obtained inside of a happy, loving, God-centered marriage union. Pornography offers the promise of sexual fulfillment, but it is only an illusion – like a mirage in the desert. Many are enticed by it and the lifestyle it portrays; only to find out later through experience that the reality is emptiness and frustration.
The wise King Solomon warned about the pursuit of illicit sexual gratification in Proverbs 5:3-5: “The lips of a strange woman drop as honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.” Actions have consequences, and the results that come from indulging in pornography are anything but pleasurable. Although the beginning may be sweet, the end result is bitterness and death, just as surely as a stairway to hell.
Pornography exploits individuals for the sexual gratification of others. The gratification is temporary and those that seek after it do so to their own hurt. Those that are taken in with the illusion and illicit imagery that is pornography, follow the promise of pleasure “as an ox goes to the slaughter” (Proverbs 7:22). Just as the ox is enticed towards the place of slaughter with a bucket of grain, so also those that follow after illicit sexual satisfaction are enticed by the promise of pleasure toward their own destruction.
Far from being “harmless entertainment,” pornography is like a national cancer that works by attacking the most fundamental building block of our society – the family. For many, pornography is a gateway that leads to further illicit sexual pursuits.
Pornography is frequently mentioned at divorce proceedings as a factor in the breakup of the marriage. A 2003 survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that two thirds of the participating 350 attorneys reported that Internet pornography played a significant role in the divorces they handled during the previous year. The results are hurt and suffering not only for the ones who seek illicit entertainment, but also for those whose lives are intertwined – parents, siblings, spouse and children. Far from being harmless, the illicit imagery comes with an incalculable price tag.
For further reading on the destructive power of pornography, as well as how to overcome the addiction to it, please read the Tomorrow’s World article – Pornography: Pleasurable Pastime or Toxic Threat?