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The main problem with porn isn’t the sex…

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The main problem with porn isn’t the sex…

but the way it devalues, dehumanises and promotes cruelty to women.

God didn’t just create us to be in a relationship with him, but with each other too. We see this through God’s creation of both Adam and Eve, expertly designed to live together. It is also demonstrated through God’s commandments in the new testament –  not only are we called to love God, but to love our neighbours too. So, how can we do that and watch porn?

We can’t.

Criticism about sex being advertised through the porn industry as nothing more than a commodity is certainly valid. God did create sex to be enjoyed within a specific context: marriage. Solomon pens a whole book in the Old Testament on this, illustrating in beautifully poetic language, that God has no objection to sex, but that he has designed it to be between two people within the union of marriage. Porn does not fit this narrative; it cheapens sex to being just a physical act between two strangers, a huge contrast to God’s purpose and will.

However, it’s most destructive element is that it undermines our relationships with one another. When we use others for sexual gratification, we don’t just diminish our dignity, but theirs too.

When we view a woman in a porn film, just how are we treating her? Are we truly valuing her worth, or are we using her as a means to an end?

There are countless studies that show how dangerous porn is and its link to violence against women. Not only does porn objectify women, most porn nowadays features men being violent to women as part of sex. It gives off the impression that women enjoy all kinds of degrading sex acts, and that a women’s purpose is for male arousal only.

Do you think that’s how God views women?

God didn’t just create man in His glorious image, but women too. Eve was the last thing that God made. The pinnacle of all of creation.

This truth should be at the forefront of our minds as we carry out our everyday lives. If we want to live out the commandments of loving God and our neighbour, we can’t simultaneously be watching pornography. It doesn’t honour God, and it definitely doesn’t honour others.

Words by Rachael Adams, CARE Press Officer.

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