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Is watching pornography a sin for Christians?

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    I have seen this on the internet and I have had this question in mind for ages. Is watching porn a sin? Many sites debate that it is, and equally many sites say that it is not a sin. Somehow I sometimes feel that watching pornography is a sin. But the question arises about human hormones, can I, as a human being of the current age control my hormones against the sin of watching porn? For without pornography, my hormones will start to kick in and give me dreams of watching them, which is also a sin. It is just such a cycle of sins upon sins then.
    But then again, God in many places in the Bible directly stated that watching porn is a sin. What do you guys think
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    Matthew 5:28 "If a man looks on a woman to lust after her, he has committed adultery with her already in his heart."
    Timothy 1:10 "For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine"
    Hebrews 13:4 "Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge."
    Revelation 21:8 "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
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    Well, the Bible doesn't say that watching porn is a sin, but rather that lusting and sexual impurity are sinful.

    Of course, both apply to pornography in equal measure and as such any relevant passages are applicable here.

    So in that sense- is watching pornography a sin?

    1) Is it causing you to lust?

    2) Is it causing you to slip into habits that are either sexually impure or lead to sexually impure behaviour?

    3) Does pornography value the identity and sacredness of women? Of humanity?

    4) Does it value the gift (yes, the gift) of sex?

    These questions lead me to say that porn is not a good thing for the Christian to indulge in.

    In our university CU I have established an Accountability group, a forum in which Christian males can be accountable to one another about masturbation, porn and so on. So you could say I have both experience and, of course, a bias in this area.

    But I find the opposing arguments (on the Christian level, at least) thoroughly weak.

    This is not about legalism- about "you should do this and not this".

    But rather Christians have been given a grace, a freedom, a liberty in God- but equally, that forces us to not let anything take liberties with us. My only conclusions, the only conclusions I can come to, are that pornography and any resulting lust/masturbation/sexual impurity is a classic example of being 'taken for a ride', all the while thinking that it's "normal" and "healthy".

    What a myth.

    Pornography very easily leads to psychological and/or situational addiction.

    From all perspectives, situational, theological, scriptural and pyschological, it should be avoided by the Christian.

    You should check out, on this note, XXXChurch.com - a group of Christian guys who have established a ministry fighting against porn in a relevant fashion. Tis good stuff.

    God bless,

    Nathan
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    It seems to me that watching pornography is only immoral if it causes vice. Which I think seems quite sensible.
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    In my opinion it comes under "sexual immorality" for which there are numerous verses condemning it e.g. 1 Corinthians 6 v 9. A lot of people view it as acceptable as you're not actually committing any wrong acts so to speak but I believe thinking about doing it is just as bad as doing it in some cases and also it distracts you from God as it is not godly-could be described as a worldly treasure and in Matthew 12 v 34 Jesus says "For where your treasure is your heart will be also." so if you treasure pornography instead of God, your heart is in that and not where it should be.
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    Last time I forgot to cite my sources, and here they are
    http://dianedew.com/porn.htm
    http://www.acts17-11.com/dialogs_masturbation.html
    These two sites argue two different views, one of my friend has even gone to argue that it is impossible to not sin in the society we live in today. Pornography has made its way into millions of homes in America. People have become addicted to porn.
    My friend argues that since pornography has taken such a huge hit on the society of today that most movies contain them, even adverts contain them, it is impossible to avoid it unless you live a life of a monk in a monestary or hide under a rock.
    She also argued that since nowadays, we go to school and we must've sat a a seat where a woman has menstruated, we must have also sinned quite a lot, the society today will have different values as of the age of Jesus. She argued that the Holy Bible is sort of out dated. Some of the rules can no longer be applied to the society of today. I wonder if this issue can be seen from this angle? (I am not trying to help myself, rather get a better understanding of the ways of living as a Christian) I think the society today has made it too inevitable to sin. Can we Christians who do not give our lives to study the scriputer be able to view things differently. A scientific report (I saw this on www.space.com) that said that men think about sex and porn every 7 seconds. Does that mean that everyone once of those impulses we have to repent. Then the number of times we sin is way too great. The sin of porn is everywhere, I hope god doesn't expect us to repent for each one of them. Or else it would take billions of repents and confessions per day.
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    is it true or not that jesus died for a mankind's sins and as long as you believe in jesus and that he is god and died for your sins that you will go to heaven? asking for forgiveness may be a condition of that, i'm not sure - either way.. you can always sin and repent - people do it all the time. although i dont see how repentance could be a condition of that, otherwise jesus didnt really die for mankind's sins, he only died for the sins of repenting christians. if this (jesus dying for sins = eternal life for believing christians etc) is true then who cares if you watch porn or not? could one of the christians eloborate, with evidences, on this a little?
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    Romans 6:1-7 says it all :

    1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound
    2 May it never be! We who died to sin, how could we live in it any longer
    3 Or don’t you know that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death
    4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism to death, that just like Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life
    5 For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we will also be part of his resurrection
    6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be in bondage to sin
    7 For he who has died has been freed from sin

    Note in particular verses 1-2.

    Paul articulates very well the significance and practicality of grace.

    We sin, as Christians, of course. But we're not bound to sin any longer, therefore we should not be satisfied to live within it. If indeed pornography is a sin, or more specifically 'lusting' (Matt 5:28), then we should not feel damned to hell if we 'slip', but we should not feel comfortable in viewing porn and lusting - such would be contrary to 'dying to sin' and 'rising in Christ', living the new life He has given us.

    In sum, then, Christ died once and for all for our sins. Grace declares that there is now no condemnation for those in Christ. But equally, being in Christ is dying to sin - and since the whole point of Christian living is 'new life' ("I have come to give you life, and give it to the fullest"), why should we have anything to do with deathly things?

    We shouldn't, and in grace we have the strength to declare that "we won't".

    Nathan
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    (Original post by NathanL)
    We sin, as Christians, of course. But we're not bound to sin any longer, therefore we should not be satisfied to live within it. If indeed pornography is a sin, or more specifically 'lusting' (Matt 5:28), then we should not feel damned to hell if we 'slip', but we should not feel comfortable in viewing porn and lusting - such would be contrary to 'dying to sin' and 'rising in Christ', living the new life He has given us.

    In sum, then, Christ died once and for all for our sins. Grace declares that there is now no condemnation for those in Christ. But equally, being in Christ is dying to sin - and since the whole point of Christian living is 'new life' ("I have come to give you life, and give it to the fullest"), why should we have anything to do with deathly things?

    We shouldn't, and in grace we have the strength to declare that "we won't".

    Nathan
    ditto.
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    I find that watching porn helps my boyfriend and I to start slipping in to sexual impurity. We are really struggling at the moment and the "year to go" anniversary of our wedding the other day has only made it harder. We find that watching it together generally just inflames our lust and makes us want each other more.
    I think that porn is a tricky thing to say whether it is "good" or "bad", and at first, my boyfriend and I resolutely thought that it would be fine to watch it. But recently, its influence has shown us that for us, we shouldn't be watching it, at least whilst we're not married. When we are married, I'm pretty sure that we'll watch it again whilst we come to another decision about it.

    Right now, I wouldn't want to watch it again for the knowledge of how much it inflames lust. Whether that is for my partner or not, it seems a bit demonic.
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    Let's first consider what pornography is:

    It removes real or simulated sexual acts from the intimacy of the partners in order to display them deliberately to third parties.

    It offends against chastity because it perverts the conjugal act, the intimate act of giving of spouses to each other.

    It causes a loss of dignity to its participants (actors, vendors, the public) since each one becomes an object of base pleasure and illicit profit for others.

    It immerses all who are involved in a fantasy world.

    [adapted from the Cathechism of the Catholic Church]

    It is a grave offence - is it also a sin? You betcha!
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    (Original post by phawkins1988)
    It seems to me that watching pornography is only immoral if it causes vice. Which I think seems quite sensible.
    This would be logical if Christianity and religion actually believed in 'sensible'.
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    Hello everyone, I'm new here and found this topic quite interesting as I'm a Christian.

    (Original post by Little Girl Red)
    I find that watching porn helps my boyfriend and I to start slipping in to sexual impurity. We are really struggling at the moment and the "year to go" anniversary of our wedding the other day has only made it harder. We find that watching it together generally just inflames our lust and makes us want each other more.
    I think that porn is a tricky thing to say whether it is "good" or "bad", and at first, my boyfriend and I resolutely thought that it would be fine to watch it. But recently, its influence has shown us that for us, we shouldn't be watching it, at least whilst we're not married. When we are married, I'm pretty sure that we'll watch it again whilst we come to another decision about it.

    Right now, I wouldn't want to watch it again for the knowledge of how much it inflames lust. Whether that is for my partner or not, it seems a bit demonic.
    I love what you said Little Girl Red, congratulations on your upcoming wedding by the way. I'm not very clear on the subject either. At times I find it to be a sin, then other times I wonder maybe it's not that bad, not all viewing of pornography cause everyone to lust, there are some individuals who view it without lusting, arousal and lust is not the same thing. Then there's complicated subjects like hentai is that a sin, there aren't even real people in that? I won't lie part of me enjoys pornography but I'm just not very clear on the subject, like the Thread Starter, I've been on countless sites and forums, read countless articles on both sides of the fence of whether it's a sin or not, good idea James for starting this, hopefully it won't get the debate won't get hurtful like I've seen on so may forums, people can be so mean.
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    Sorry, but what is wrong with Lust? Its a normal physiological reaction to sexual stimuli. Humans want to reproduce, to fantasise about it is all part of being human.
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    Indeed, it's time to start the meanness. For the sake of brevity, I'll write this post from a guy's perspective. Forgive me if you are not one.

    The obvious question that comes to mind is: if pornography is a sin, to what extent can pseudo-pornographic viewings be considered sinful? Hentai, of course, was raised as an example, but there exist even softer examples that may still be alarming.

    What about watching a woman in revealing clothes, or a swimsuit? In some cases, it can easily cause lust to the same extent as porn. And, in this case, the image is perpetual: you see it on posters on the streets, in most movies - heck, even just walking through a mall. The same rules that Nathan et al brought up for pornography should apply. Does it mean we should avoid the pool, movies and shopping?

    How about just a girl posing, not necessarily even in that revealing an outfit? You can find many such a pic not only in the places above, but also on the internet. It does not even take revealing clothes, sometimes; many of the gals who pose for pics are, honestly, quite attractive, and I doubt many of us have escaped lust from seeing most of them. Are we demanded, by the laws of God, to make it a lifestyle not to download any such pics, or even to go on sites where we might see them?

    How bout just seeing a gal who's outfit is perfectly ok, except that it's slightly too low on the front? That might not be as potent a cause for sin, but the chance of lust is still inescapable.

    What about hugs, or brief breezes, or the occasional touch? Some of that is Meant, nowadays, Meant to attract us to the person. It can hardly not be considered lust.

    And ultimately, Hell forbid, why are we even going to places where we can look at gals in the first place? Seeing a beautiful friend of ours, as well as some pretty lady walking the street is bound to make us at least subconsciously lust - and many times, moreso. Ocassionally, some of us may even get boners from this. With our duty to God, and the fact that we can no longer live in sin, there must surely be no alternative: we MUST avoid the sight of women at all costs. We must shield our eyes from women, wear dark sunglasses, or better yet, force them all to completely cover their skin - perhaps the Muslims were right, after all. Guys would, of course, need to undergo the same routine - you wouldn't want a gal seeing a hot dude and lusting after him.

    So, should we simply accept that we can sin a little, walk out in the sunlight and lust, then come back and accept Jesus to forgive our sins? No! "We who died to sin, how could we live in it any longer Or don’t you know that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death." Simply accepting sin is the path to damnation. The only way we can weaken lust to as slow a rate as possible is to completely avoid the sight of women. Anything else would surely be a transgression of the Word, as demonstrated above by several individuals' citations of biblical passages.

    So, the obvious question is: how far is this meant to go?
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    It seems to me to very puritanical, like anything pleasurable is a sin. The obvious answer to the above post is that we cannot avoid seeing the oposite sex, and lust is going to happen when we see them. I think its better to except lust as natural rather than go to extreme lengths to minimise it such as no contact between the sexes and making them wear garments that cover them from head to foot.
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    yeah i agree, you can't go that far but the question is about pornography, erotic material that arouses, but does not neccessarily cause lust, that's where it gets iffy for me, because i don't lust at it, it just arouses me which is perfectly normal, arousal is not a sin, but i just don't know if it's right to watch.
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    Tell me if i'm wrong, but what is the difference between arrousal and lust? Lust to me is like a sexual hunger. Whereas arousal is just a sexaul response.

    I think they are both natural. Why is lust sinfull?
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    (Original post by Zakatu)
    It seems to me to very puritanical, like anything pleasurable is a sin. The obvious answer to the above post is that we cannot avoid seeing the oposite sex, and lust is going to happen when we see them. I think its better to except lust as natural rather than go to extreme lengths to minimise it such as no contact between the sexes and making them wear garments that cover them from head to foot.
    Yet regardless of whether or not we can avoid them, we should do so as much as possible. That argument against porn should still apply for conventional exposure. If that means avoiding malls, staying home all week except for shopping, and shady sunglasses, you should merely consider it part of your duty to God. The "no contact" policy and the completely covering garments is just an extension of this; it already happens in some societies, and is hardly considered "extreme" by some people, but rather a necessary habit to avoid sin.

    It's not exactly anti-pleasure, though. Seeing a hot person somewhere does not necessarily give me pleasure, but it more than likely does make me lust.
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    no offense, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I am a Christian and I personally find that to be taking things too far, you are entitled to your opinion and I to mine, thank you for your view, any other views?
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    Thou shalt not commit adultery! Pornography can't really be considered entirely separate from this can it?

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