The Depravities of Pornography - How Low Can We Go?

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I was utterly grieved and horrified by a news story about 72 people being charged in an online child pornography ring, to which 600 men were subscribed. The details of the article that were reported was nauseating to say the least. How can we as a society look away from the suffering and pain of the those under the age of 12 children who were reportedly crying and in distress over what was being done to them.

I wanted to turn away and pretend that I hadn't just read what I did considering how repulsive it really was. But I don't think that burying ones head in the sand will be helpful to this issue simply because it is disturbing or uncomfortable. I hope all who read this article are so disturbed that they will be wanting first off to be helpful to those who have been victimized by such atrocities, and secondly set our hearts to prayer for societal justice against this darkness. If we continue to remain tolerant, or even worse, participants of this evil there is no telling what will happen to us as a nation, from a spiritual perspective considering we, the U.S., are one of the biggest exporters, participants and supporters of this variety of horrendous evil in the world.

As a culture I believe we have eaten the fruit of lies that convinced us that sexual pleasure is an entitlement at all costs and that it was strictly designed for our pleasure. I do believe that God designed marital sex to include the element of pleasure but it is not the main goal nor the purpose. When God's "purpose" is not known or worse disregarded there will always be misuse, abuse, and ultimately damage.

The three main purposes of sex, from a Biblical perspective, are for

  • "Being fruitful and multiplying",
  • the bonding of a man and woman in the covenant of marriage
  • and most importantly as an image and example the intimate loving God that we serve.The God who doesn't use, abuse, manipulate, nor molest in any form.

We live in a world that has exalted sensual pleasure to the highest place at the physical and emotional expenses of the most vulnerable in our society.

One of our constitutional rights is the "pursuit of happiness", of which every American proudly entitles themselves to. My problem with this is what defines happiness? What if someones happiness is evil? What if someones happiness causes pain for another?

Erwin McManus in his book "Chasing Daylight" quotes

"Communal responsibility has become virtually extinct as we have championed personal choice."

My fear is that what, sometimes, makes us "happy" is inherently evil. When pursuing happiness becomes our mantra over moral goodness for all, everyone is going to get hurt. Some would be willing to admit that pornography isn't good but isn't hurting anyone but themselves.

Erwin McManus speaks again..

"We never have the luxury of hurting only ourselves. When we hurt ourselves others are always affected."

It is delusional for us to think that we can play with evil and not be touched by it nor spread it to others somehow, as if attitudes, thought patterns and behaviors could remain unaffected by what we choose to indulge in. Jesus made it abundantly clear that our private life was as much value to Him as our public one. In fact I believe that there is no way to truly separate the two. The one will always bleed into the other.

But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. ~ Matthew 5:28

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. ~ Luke 6:45

Was Jesus just trying to squelch everyone's "happiness"? On the contrary, His goal was to insure a genuine "happiness" that could only be found in being loyal to God and ones spouse.

There is another absurd argument that comes with pornography rights, and that it is the claim to "Freedom of Speech", which in this context is an invitation to madness and mayhem in a society. Was this really the intentions of our country's fore-fathers in adopting these philosophies and rights?

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! ~ Isaiah 5:20

Are these facts and stats to follow the rights we wish to preserve?

Gathered by Forerunner.com in an article titled "The Documented Effects of Pornography" By Editorial Staff and directed by Jay Rogers Published November 1991 (9)

The Effects of Pornography

  • Psychologist Edward Donnerstein (University of Wisconsin) found that brief exposure to violent forms of pornography can lead to anti-social attitudes and behavior. Male viewers tend to be more aggressive towards women, less responsive to pain and suffering of rape victims, and more willing to accept various myths about rape.1
  • Dr. Dolf Zimmerman and Dr. Jennings Bryant showed that continued exposure to pornography had serious adverse effects on beliefs about sexuality in general and on attitudes toward women in particular. They also found that pornography desensitizes people to rape as a criminal offense.2
  • These researchers also found that massive exposure to pornography encourages a desire for increasingly deviant materials which involve violence, like sadomasochism and rape. 3
  • Researcher Victor Cline (University of Utah) has documented in his research how men become addicted to pornographic materials, begin to desire more explicit or deviant material, and end up acting out what they have seen.5
  • According to Charles Keating of Citizens for Decency Through Law, research reveals that 77 percent of child molesters of boys and 87 percent of child molesters of girls admitted imitating the sexual behavior they had seen modeled in pornography."
  • Michigan state police detective Darrell Pope found that of the 38,000 sexual assault cases in Michigan (1956-1979), in 41 percent of the cases pornographic material was viewed just prior to or during the crime. This agrees with research done by psychotherapist David Scott who found that “half the rapists studied used pornography to arouse themselves immediately prior to seeking out a victim.”
  • The Final Report of the 1986 Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography lists a full chapter of testimony (197-223) from victims whose assailants had previously viewed pornographic materials. The adverse effects range from physical harm (rape, torture, murder, sexually transmitted disease) to psychological harm (suicidal thoughts, fear, shame, nightmares).

Multiplied incidents like the above graphically illustrate how the $8 billion-per-year porn industry has carved inroads into American life

The Facts on Pornography

  • Nearly 900 theaters show X-rated films and more than 15,000 “adult” bookstores and video stores offer pornographic material, outnumbering McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. by a margin of at least three to one.
  • Each year, nearly 100 full-length pornographic films provide estimated annual box office sales of $50 million.
  • Approximately 70% of the pornographic magazines sold eventually end up in the hands of minors.
  • About 1.2 million children are annually exploited through child pornography and prostitution.7"
  • According to Laurie Hall in her book "Affair of the mind chronicles that Alaska and Nevada have the highest rape rates and highest pornography readership rates and states that had the lowest readership of pornographic material had the lowest rates. These stats were noted in a study done by two University of New Hampshire sociologists, Murray Straus and Larry Barron.

In an article by the Boston AP it was reported that they put a ban on dirty magazines in their prisons because they feared that this type of material would make the inmates more likely to engage in sexually inappropriate behavior around staff and made it difficult to treat prisoners convicted of sex crimes. I think it is very obvious that pornography plays a major role in sex crimes and behavior.

According to Kyle Idleman in his book "gods at war"

"sex logged 338 million internet searches per month, porn 277 million"

and...

"More money is spent on pornography in this country every year than on rock music, country music, jazz, and classical music put together. More money is spent on pornography than pro-baseball, basketball, and football combined. In 2012 it grossed more than ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX combined."

Could we say collectively speaking that our nation, Christians included, are putting our money where our heart is?

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Personal pleasure is an idol to which sacrificial altars are built. Power is granted to whatever it is we sacrifice to, whether for good or for evil. When one indulges in this form of self pleasure, sacrifices will be made.

Ones own soul is what is laid on the altar. Thoughts, emotions, and behaviors will now be dictated by this idol. Next, valuable relationships get put on the altar because they get in the way of "personal pleasure." everything follows after that money, time, and reputation. All are risked for the sake of personal pleasure. The word idol in Hebrew means nothing, empty, vain, pointless. When sexual desire sits on the throne "nothing" and "emptiness" will fill the halls of the "personal pleasure" kingdom.

Many will argue that not everyone who is entertained by pornography will behave this way and or commit a sex crime, but as Ted Bundy, the serial killer, who was quoted saying to James Dobson in an interview, are we willing as society to take that chance that anyone would be affected in this way. And just because there is no crime committed according to the laws of our land does not mean that the attitudes and behaviors produced by this addiction aren't negatively affecting families in deep and profound ways.

The worst part of this whole topic is the denial of it's effects and consequences. We can talk about the horrendous sex crimes that are committed but what about the wife that lies in bed at night wondering why she feels less than, and most certainly feels more used than loved. What about the child who stumbled upon the magazines and movies and is now behaving promiscuously because of them and whose sexuality is now a confusing mix of physical pleasantry and shameful emotions that they will carry into their future relationships. Is personal pleasure really worth damaging what are supposed to be the most valuable and precious people in the world to us?

A quote from Laurie Hall's book "Affair of the Mind"

"We'd like to believe that pornography is strictly an intellectual activity, that it has no behavioral repercussions or emotional implications. We have been told that it's a matter of free speech. We've been told that it is a "victimless" crime because we can't see any immediate victim. There is no empty shelf to show us what had been robbed. There is no pile of wreckage that can be parked outside the local high school to warn others of the consequences of dangerous activities.

Though there is no smoking gun, there is plenty of circumstantial evidence that a death has taken place. Those who want to believe pornography is a First Amendment right won't talk about the silent devastation that occurs in the hearts of men, and women, and children when someone in their family adopts the Playboy philosophy of disposable relationships. They just argue that pornography is "free speech" and try to persuade you that it has no effect other than the brief thrill of the moment. they want you to think that pornography is but a moment of time in an otherwise productive life.

They don't want you to know that the images of, and experience produced by pornography are permanently burned into their mind by a curious mixture of hormones that are released when sexually explicit materials are viewed. They don't want you to know that this mix of hormones becomes more potent when the sex portrayed involves violence or fear. They especially don't want you to know that as a result of this "imprinting" process, sex for you will now be linked with fear, violence, and shame...

...Would it surprise you to know that the ancient Hebrews believed that wisdom is closely related to the things we look at? The Hebrew word for wise --sakal-- gives us the understanding that the things we look at and think about affect our ability to be intelligent and prudent. Because of this, what we take in through our eyes is extremely important.

The eye is the window to the soul. Satan knew this, and because he desired access to their souls, he used Adam's and Eve's eyes when he tempted them to eat the forbidden fruit. First Satan told Adam and Eve that having this wisdom would somehow affect their eyes, "for God knows that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods knowing good and evil" (Gen 3:5 KJV emphasis added). Then, "the woman saw that the tree was good" (Gen 3:6 KJV emphasis added). Finally, immediately after they ate the fruit, "their eyes were opened, and they knew they were naked...and Adam and his wife hid themselves" (Gen. 3:7-8, KJV).

Opening our eyes to evil has relational consequences. Once their minds were awakened to evil, Adam and Eve immediately saw their nakedness in a new light. Where moments before they had viewed their bodies with no shame, suddenly they felt so much shame that they hid themselves, from each other, and from God. by focusing the soul on nakedness in a way that produces shame and isolation from self, from others, and from God, looking at evil destroys both freedom (the ability to know oneself) and intimacy (the ability to share oneself with others)." (end of quote) (Laurie can be reached at lhall@together.net)

below is an interview with Ted Bundy by James Dobson prior to his execution for the serial rape and murder of several young women. It is a riveting interview and it exposes the depths and dangers of pornography. Ted explains how he grew up in a fairly normal Christian home and was exposed to porn as a teen. He described how he became addicted to it until he would get bored with the same stuff and would step up to more violent material until that no longer satisfied and he finally began to act on what he had seen. He recounted that other than these crimes he was an average guy. None of Ted's co-workers had any idea that he was a serial killer.

Most have called this sin a private matter but we can see it is not private when it bleeds into the utter destruction of the most innocent and vulnerable in our society not to mention the private pain of many families influenced and tainted by the attitudes and disrespect it endorses.

On a personal note if you are thinking that this issue is an isolated one or of minimal impact I can guarantee you that this problem is pervasive and of epidemic proportions. I would love to share some personal stories but cannot do so without offense to the victims of these stories. But I can tell you for sure that a good 90% of the people I know, including myself, have either been victims of sexual abuse or exposed to sexuality at very young ages via pornography and others who behave on their pornographic influences and have been deeply affected in one way shape or form by it.

Also if you think this is crime that is predominantly secular it is not. Christians are just as problematic as the general population.

We delude ourselves as a culture to consider it harmless or even worse to exclude ourselves from the equation that each one of us carries the potential for horrendous sin and harm when we subject ourselves to evil of any form. We are always looking for the monster but the monster is us. I can only hope that if you are one who has succumbed to the evils of pornography that you would read the article and care about what it is doing to yourself and those around you.

Another great read of the suspect effects of porn on our culture as a whole can be found at

.http://gu.com/p/2t4j9 titled "The Truth about Porn" by Julie Bindel. She references Gail Dines an Anti-Pornography campaigner. This article is explicit in it's descriptions and most disturbingly offers stats on child porn and what that obviously leads to.

"An Affair of the Mind" by Laurie Hall by Focus on the Family Publishing 1996 available at Amazon.com (Laurie can be reached at lhall@together.net)

1 Pornography and Violence Against Women, 1980.

2 “Pornography, Sexual Callousness, and the Trivialization of Rape,” Journal of Communication, 1982.

3 “The Effect of Erotica Featuring Sadomasochism and Bestiality of Motivated Inter-Male Aggressions,” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 1981. 4 Rape and Marriage, 1982.

5 “Where Do You Draw the Line?” 1974.

6 “Legitimate Violence and Rape: A Test of the Cultural Spillover Theory,” 1985.

7 Henry Boatwright, Chairman of the U.S. Advisory Board of Social Concerns.

8 Chasing Daylight by Erwin McManus copyright 2002 Nelson Books Publising.

9 http://forerunner.com/forerunner/X0388_Effects_of_Pornograp.html

A Portion of James Dobson's interview with Ted Bundy

© 2011 Tamarajo

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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

TJ,

Thanks for a very well written, informative hub on a topic that really needs o be brought to the forefront. Pornography most certainly has affected our society in so many ways, and you've certainly made the resources available to help in this area. Thanks again.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you lifegate, I appreciate your encouragement. This has been a personal issue of mine for quite sometime. So many have been negatively impacted by it including myself. I truly hope those involved in the industry either through practice or purchase will open up their eyes and take a realistic look at the mass devastation sexual perversion of all kinds is having on the most vulnerable among us.

I so a appreciate your reading. I know it isn't a pleasant topic.


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FriendofTruth 5 years ago from Michigan

Blessings Tamarajo, I think the affect that pornorgraphy has had on so many people is a topic that nobody likes to talk about because of the shame, embarassment, etc. I remember being exposed to graphic pornographic material as a small child, and it had such a negative impact on my life, that those images still 'haunt' me today. One of the reasons I try to be so careful with my children and where they go and who they are with, and why I don't allow them to spend the night with just anyone or anywhere, is because it was in those times during my childhood spending the nights that I 'learned' so much because of pornography. Our nation is sick and infested so terribly with pornography, it is heartbreaking. I remember seeing a mom and son in a store, and he had to be no more than 11 years old, and the mom willingly buying him a poster of a girl in a bikini - but that's how things start, just allowing a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and before you know it, like you gave with the example of TB, it's not enough to satisfy.

This problem does need to be exposed more than it is, and people need to start being honest about the negative affect all this has on everyone.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello FriendofTruth,

Thank you for sharing your own personal story it confirms what I suspect as to the enormity of this problem. I too was exposed at a very young age and was also exposed to some experiences generated by someone else's exposure to it during their very young and formative years. Hundreds of stories I could recount of exposure and violation of the minds and bodies and spirits of many.

I have heard it said once that pornography exposure to a child is considered mental molestation.

You do well in being careful for your children.

I have cringed as well when I have seen parental encouragement of the such. I so pray all would awaken to the damage that goes on in the soul. Like Laurie Hall put it the tangible evidence is not always easily seen but it is nonetheless there.

Thank you so much for your visit and I very much appreciate your supportive commentary.


Brenda Durham 5 years ago

Wonderful hub. I wish every person who's gotten lost in the issue of modern day re-defined "civil rights" would read this and learn something.

Voted way UP.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you Brenda, Yes, how lost we are. "Modern day refined civil rights" appears to be similar to the time of the Judges when "everyone did what was right in his own eyes" I am certainly for the equal rights of all people but to maintain depravity and call it a right when it is so obviously disturbing and harmful seems like a recipe for cultural disaster.

I thank you for your vote your visit and your encouraging comment.


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Terishere 5 years ago

Great hub! I agree, the affect of pornography are profound and has affected many lives negatively.

Pursuing happiness is one thing, but when it infringes on someone else, it is no longer a personal matter. Pornography has ill effects on society as a whole. You are right, it is not victim-less.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi Teri, I agree that to pursue happiness at the expense of another is not right at all. I think the delusion lies when many do not see the harm that it causes which is what I hope my article clearly communicates. I think most believe that it is private and personal but in reality it its effects are broad.

I thank you much for stopping by and reading and thank you for your complimentary comment. I appreciate the support


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Tamarajo,

You have outdone yourself in this hub. Great hub!

I agree that pornography even in its mildest form is harmful not only to that person but to everyone around them.

Pornography has sadly become tolerated and very much a part of our society. Once one steps over this fine line, the boundaries are no longer there, and it can become a disease.

Everyone, at one time or another will be exposed to it because of the wide propagation of it. It is sad when a child has become exposed to it because of this freedom, but what's more horrifying is when the child becomes part of someone else's twisted fantasy.

I tell every parent with small children, when it comes to your child, don't just trust anyone. I have always feared for my child's safety and what he would be exposed to during his young years and in spite of everyone's criticism, I was very overprotective of him. However, it was a young friend of his from school that got a hold of pornography through his older brother and sneakily introduced it to my son. I can't tell you how devastated I was once I found out. I still don't know if it caused him any long-term harm because this is something children sometimes don't want to talk to their parents about. At that time, I could only pray and talk to him about it. Explain to him the evil behind it, and what God thinks of it.

Pornography becomes a disease of the mind. It takes over them and their lives. As Bundy admitted in his interview, it is an addiction leaving the person less satisfied and wanting more. Funny how he used the word "trance" and "possessed by something so awful and alien..." Anyone come to mind?

Thanks for sharing this with your readers. I share your passion in this matter. Voted up and awesome.


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lsin82 5 years ago from Houston

Thank You Tamara. I am a criminal investigator in a sex offender unit and I deal with these type of crimes on a daily baisis.The utter disgust in these acts bring Rom 1: 28-32 to life in this day and age (Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.) Thank you for this Hub. I pray each and everyday that God protects and keeps watch over our children.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Faithful Daughter your comment confirms as well the pervasiveness of this problem. It has so much infiltrated our culture that is extremely difficult for our children to not get exposed. Bless all who do all they know trying to do so. It is like a circulating virus because it is so widely propagated as you said.

Also you mentioned about Bundy describing it like being in trance. I do think that pornography is a highly spiritual issue and activity that invites the darkness that has blinded their eyes to its evils.

I also agree that most think that some porn is less harmful than others like marijuana is worse than meth or something. As if this kind of addiction has some varying degrees of depravity.

Thank you so much for your visit and for sharing your experience and passion concerning this subject. Glad to know that there are many out there who feel similarly


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello Isin82

How fascinating that this is your area of profession. Glad to have your support on this topic and thankful that you are out there rescuing the victims of these crimes. I can't even imagine what you have encountered.

I love your addition of Romans 1 to the commentary it is a fitting and appropriate addition to the hub.

I so appreciate your visit and supportive comment and thank you again for choosing such a nobel career. May God bless you in all you do.


VOICE CIW 5 years ago

I thank God for you Sister Tamarajo, God gave you the boldness to address this situation that plagues America and so many other countries. We are living in the times in which the Bible said, and you mentioned in this hub, and that is " calling evil good and calling good evil " it is so tragic. Children being molested and raped I think the person that do these things are so low and they need to be put under the jail. The Bible says whoever do harm to children it would be better for them to tie a millstone around their neck and cast themselves into the sea. Sister Tamarajo we are living in perilous times, the enemy (the devil) is picking up the pace, he knows his time is growing short, and he wants to destroy as many souls as he can. But God having Soldiers like you in His Army we can combat the enemy at every turn. God has truly anointed you to write this hub giving people a deeper look at pornography, child molesting and rape and giving us righteous anger to put a stop to it. I am proud to know you, God did not use anyone else to write this hub, but you. Right now you should feel blessed. I know I always talk about God, but God is in every situation. I am so happy, not everyone can write or speak on this subject, but you did. You may tell me, oh please, anyone could have wrote this. I don't think so, and even if they could, they didn't. Remember that song that came out years ago, " What God has for me, it is for me " this hub is yours, God gave it to you, and God's anointing is going to give this hub wings to touch every soul. I love you in the Lord.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Tamarjo, Very well researched hub on PORNOGRAPHY! You have candidly showcased a serious subject matter here that is much needed! As you so well stated: “I hope all who read this article are so disturbed that they will be wanting first off to be helpful to those who have been victimized by such atrocities and secondly set our hearts to prayer for a wicked and evil world to turn from its wicked ways. If we continue to remain tolerant or even worse participants of this evil there is no telling what will happen to us as a nation, being one of the biggest exporters, participants and supporters of this variety of evil in the world.” AMEN! & AMEN!!

You have done an excellent job bringing out so many great & valid points that need to be aired and discussed! It is clear that God is against this injustice perpetrated against children or anyone else… The exploitation and abuse done in the name of pornography has reached epidemic proportions … We have been bombarded by a continual desensitization to encourage the acceptance of pornography on many levels. It is a clear indication that there has been a lowering of the “moral values” going on throughout this world…

Thank you for addressing the multicolored elephant in the room…. = Depravities of PORNOGRAPHY! Thank You for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Peace & Blessings! GOD BLESS YOU!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello Voice,

I agree that this about tops the cake as far as the evilness of this goes. I am hoping that the article will show that even in its mildest form it generates and perpetuates the more deviant varieties of this type of sin. I hope that maybe one ensnared by the deception of this type of sin will see it for what it really is. There is no good form of pornography that is harmless. and now as we see the fruit of this kind of sin and the spoilage is reaching even to our children.

Jeremiah 9 calls for grief and mourning over the destruction of our children. And Lamentations 5 describes how our sinfulness has affected them and caused them to suffer.

You are right these are perilous times. I wonder sometimes what it must have been like in the days of Noah that God felt the need to cleanse the earth the way He did. No wonder.

Thank you Voice for all your support and encouragement.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello DeBorrah, That is exactly what I wanted to do was address the big white elephant in the room because that is what it is. It is a disturbing topic as it should be but it isnt going to go away because we choose to ignore it.

I do believe every issue of man has a spiritual power behind it. "we wrestle not against flesh and blood" Therefore I do believe prayer will be most effective weapon in this battle but also the recognition of the magnitude of this problem.

I know so many people that see nothing wrong with some forms of pornography and consider it something that is normal. My plea is for all to understand it is not normal and it is not good for anybody and is an infectious evil that could get passed on to those we love the most.

I thank you greatly for your visit, encouragement and support.


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RevLady 5 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Tamarajo,

It is not uncommon for man to justify his behavior by calling it "normal." Underneath the surface, there is sin. It is a spiritual sickness can only be cured by a spiritual restoration. There must be an agreement with God, with the moral and spiritual realities. Pornography is all its many varieties is a shame before God. Man continues to rebel against His law and. if not repentant, will suffer His judgment.

Thank you for highlighting this vicious sin that permeates through all mankind. The "Tempter" is having a good time!

In His love and peace!

Forever His


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Rev Lady, So true that we tend to justify our sinful behavior by spinning the stories in our mind to make them seem "normal" That really is the point I wanted to make with this article in showing that no matter how one spins pornography the end result is pain and ugliness for someone including the person indulging.

I agree that it is a spiritual sickness as is many other forms of sinful behavior and I totally agree that spiritual restoration is required. It is my hope that those involved in it will recognize the depths to which they have sunk concerning this issue and turn away from it and turn to God. which is why I also call in the article for prayer that the spiritual roots to this would be broken and that there would be an awakening of conscience.

Thank you Rev Lady for your wisdom filled input I appreciate your visit and thoughtful comment.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

Great hub which presents great wealth of information. It is high time for our society to consider the evils of pornography.It contributed so much in the deterioration of the morality of our society. Thank you for sharing these timely facts and issues about pornography. Blessings to you and your family. Best regards.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you cristina. I agree that our culture needs to awaken to the realities of this indulgence. We would like to think that we can confine and define our depravities to the category of acceptable "adult" activities and justify them by that entitlement but the reality is being proven that perversity and sin of any kind cannot be contained and limited and in one way shape or form will ultimately reach and affect the most vulnerable and the most innocent.

I am blessed by your visit and your kindly comment. Blessings to you and yours as well.


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

I think pornography, period, is bad and I cannot believe that therapist even recommend it to couples with sexual problems but when it comes to children, using and abusing them I think my castration hub says it all. If our judicial system would use that for all sexual criminals I think the world might become a much better place quicker than people think and I am not talking chemical castration which is a continual process and may or may not work where the physical means no desire so how could there be any more sexual offenses. Even the worst of these seem to be back out on the streets in no time!

Great hub to bring this to peoples attention.

Polly


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Pollyannalana, I agree that pornography isn't therapy it is distortion of real loving commitment which could further damage a relationship. In my best accounts from the women I speak with I have never heard of a woman feeling respected when pornography was involved. Pornography always comes with disrespect and degradation. In fact in every instance I have encountered women were asked to do things they were not comfortable doing in other words it was something perverse.

I appreciate your passion on this subject and Castration seems like a practical way to control these things in some instances but doesn't necessarily cure the depravity of ones soul which I think is the larger issue culturally speaking. For example on the news the other day there was a report of France using very young child models dressed and posed provocatively. I couldn't help but wonder who the childrens parents were that this was ok? Not to mention the vast amounts of people that had to collaborate in producing and posting these images. Someone is buying the products they sell and they aren't all daddies going to buy the little girls push up bras they are selling. It isn't simply a male organ problem it is a society that is cooperating with the whole agenda of sexualizing children.

We would like to put pornography in its little box and call it "adult entertainment" well the box is full and it is spilling all over the place and it is the most innocent that are suffering and being damaged by it.

I thank you for reading and for your sharing your passion on this topic and for your supportive comment.


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

Oh, I understand just what you are saying, in fact on my child abuse hub I came across a little girls picture sort of like JonBennet Ramsey, I mean this little girl was the most beautiful thing I believe I have ever seen. Dolled up in fur with make-up, eyeliner, lipstick matching her furs and I thought OMG, this really is child abuse too. I didn't use the picture of course but someone had it in the child abuse pictures...and rightly so.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA

Tamarajo, thank you for this very courageous and much needed hub. You know, I don't know why it is, but I can tolerate most any weakness confessed by fellow Christians, but when one confesses and does not renounce completely the addiction to pornography, I can't stay around. There's just a rage that exists within my spirit. It's a demonic stronghold, and I just wish God would burn it up ~ that 'pornea' would STOP and its influence be halted; its every memory forgotten. One day, it will be this way, but I believe it's on the other side of this life, in the everlasting, pure and holy kingdom of God. God bless you.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello Judahs Daughter. Pornography is intolerable and totally inconsistent with Christian living. It is an addiction just like any other drug and to tolerate even a little bit of it is contributing to the problem personally and globally. There is no "good" pornography. It is a mockery, distortion, and perversion of Gods love and goodness.

I am with you I wish it would stop and all would see the truth about it. I fear most see it as harmless Christians included.

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your support on this matter. It is an uncomfortable one.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

This is surely one of the best and most comprehensive treatments of this subject I have ever seen. How tragic it is that our nation not only permits such evil depravity, but a certain segment of our population thinks it should be glorified and many more just figure it's none of their business.

How long, Lord? How long will you allow this to go on?


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thanks James, I was hoping the undeniable stats would speak for themselves and I think they do. I think the topic is taken so lightly when we aren't willing to look at what is going on behind the scenes because of it.

The children is what gets me the most. Children are affected by any form of porn exposure even if not directly abused. They are stimulated to experience things their little hearts and minds were not intended to handle and are incapable of making judgments and good and voluntary decisions about yet they are left holding the dirty bag of shame that comes with it in the name of someones first amendment rights. Rights will always come with responsibility. Freedom is not a license for sin.

Thank you so much for reading and your supportive comment.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Pornography has proven to be hurtful to the moral compass and psyche of a person. The people in the films, pictures or whatever are degrading themselves. It is true also as you pointed out that one becomes immune to it and must continually increase the graphic content. It is detrimental to a person, a marriage and so often to the innocent children who become victims to the sadistic adults who seek it. No one has the "right" to degrade and pervert another for his/her fleshly satisfaction. Yuck. I feel my gag reflex even now as you did then.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hypenbird, I like how you put that "pornography is hurtful to the moral compass and psyche of a person" sums up the article in a sentence.

It truly has caused untold damage to individuals and children and warped the image of God to many because of it.

Those who are involved don't see the degradation because they are too blinded by their own self pleasure at the expense of others which was part of the intent of the article to expose the facts about this atrocity. Facts and stats that are undeniable and unjustifiable.

I thank you for your support on this topic and for visiting and commenting.


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

All I can do which is enough is to pray for all who is struggling with this situation that they will want to be set FREE and that God will set them FREE! GREAT Hub Tamarajo, I voted-up! Much love....


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

thank you drpastorcarlotta prayer is much needed in this horrific addiction that has captured the souls of many and caused untold monumental damage to so many.

Thank you again for stopping by commenting and voting.


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LadyFiddler 4 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Hi Tamara

This hub was well done very informative.

Its a pity to see the current state the world is in, sex has been dominating most people's lives they'll go to the extreme for pleasure and it doesn't matter if they hurt someone in the process.

I brought out a point to someone the other i definitely don't agree with homosexuality but what i said to her was you know. So many times these men that turn out to be homosexuals have been molested in their childhood by either father, grand dad, uncle etc. Its heart wrenching to know that someone so love sex that they would hurt a minor, someone they can advantage to fulfill their stinking lustful appetite.

Pornography is a fast money making product that is out on the market and a TOOL OF THE DEVIL to destroy minds, characters, families etc. Innocent people and children must be the prey for these money predators.

The Kingdon of God must be at hand, if we spend ten more years on this earth i don't know what will we see or hear again. Disgusting isn't it.

Thanks for sharing


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Here we go again...

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/08/04/stuffed-to...

evil, vile, deplorable, disgusting, reprehensible, vulgar, abominable, despicable, revolting, repulsive, nefarious, perverse, shameful, heinous, horrific, atrocious, abhorrent, immoral, decadent, depraved!!! 18 years maximum sentence for acts as described above engaged on little ones and many of them. How incredibly sad! Shows you the denial of a culture concerning the seriousness of damages done by sexual sin to attach such a small penalty for it. What are we becoming culturally that we are producing hearts that can even go "there"? I wont be surprised when judgment comes upon this culture of perversity on behalf of these little ones. It will be fully deserved. Can you imagine the ickiness the children must feel if this is how sickened most feel just reading about it.

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