by Richard Mansel, managing editor
God created us as sexual beings (Genesis 1:31). However, sex is a gift to be enjoyed only within the confines of marriage (Hebrews 13:4; Matthew 5:27-28).
God wants husbands and wives to enjoy the sexual union within the one-flesh marriage (Song of Solomon; 1 Corinthians 7:1-5; Genesis 2:18-25; Ephesians 5:22-29).
Naturally, Satan took the beautiful creation of God and turned it into something evil and enslaving. Thus, pornography was born.
Pornography dehumanizes in three ways:
1. Porn turns people into appliances
It teaches that desirable men and women are animate bodies available only for our pleasure. In other words, vibrant human beings, created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26), are to be used and discarded as so much garbage.
Countless people have degraded themselves based on this lie. The psychological wounds from pornography are inestimable.
2. Porn distorts reality
Pornography is founded on lies and deception and presents a false ideal that cannot be attained beyond the camera’s eye.
Porn makes promises that cannot be fulfilled. Fantasies are often nothing more than elaborate hoaxes that lead to frustration and hopelessness. It sends us after an ideal that does not exist.
Porn is a drug where we become obsessed with the next hit only to find that it never satisfies.
3. Porn destroys pleasure and intimacy
Since it chases a manufactured ideal, real human spouses cannot compete. In time, sexual satisfaction in marriage becomes impossible. Satan takes sex out of the bedroom and into the pits of depravity.
Lies and deception have no place in marriage, but they are the lifeblood of porn.
Sex, as created by God is beautiful but the version conjured by Satan will take away everything we have.
Moments of pleasure cannot match a lifetime of joy together within the bond of matrimony. If we will trust God’s plan, we will find the true power of pleasure and we will forever be grateful.