Masturbation and Pornography
How to Quit a Pornography Addiction-4 Tips For Christians
Pornography and masturbation have a deep connection. Masturbation is performed where there is pornography. Masturbation requires obscene stimuli.
The mechanism by which pornography causes masturbation is as follows. While someone is watching pornography, the secretion of psychological conditioning and glands continuously raises the desire to masturbate.
Anyone who arouses sexual excitement by looking at pornography and then relieves tension through masturbation responds to one stimulus: If a person responds to pornography with constant masturbation, this is a conditional reflex.
What further complicates the knee-jerk reaction to pornography is that a chemical similar to adrenaline is released into his bloodstream when the person is emotionally excited about Pornography.
When a person sees pornography, the adrenal glands secrete a chemical called epinephrine in the bloodstream.
Epinephrine reminds us of the stimulation of the brain. Porn addicts have this special memory. That’s why they’re constantly looking at images on the screen of their minds and being stimulated and sexually responsive again.
How can a Christian overcome this sinful habit if he indulges in pornography and masturbation? I want to list four points.
First, the parties need to face the personal and social harm and problems caused by pornography.
Christians should take good care of themselves and not harm their neighbors and society. You are not suitable as a Christian if you directly or indirectly damage individuals And neighbors by consuming pornography.
However, the inner deterrence against pornography becomes stronger the more you know the harm of pornography. How can we get away from the personal and social injury of pornography?
The best way is to meet the person who has been damaged by pornography addiction. The following best way is to acquire information on such a situation and indirectly know the reality of harm.
Second, for Christians addicted to pornography to overcome their habitual sin, the image of a woman in a photo or video must be felt like a personal being.
Let’s listen to the story of an experienced person. Having accepted Jesus as my savior, I repented for my past indulging in pornography.
After that, I could see women in pornography from a completely different angle. I realized that she is the same human being as I am, has the same feeling and emotions as I am, and is the same creation of God.
I only saw such women as sexual objects. I reflected on my treatment of them as sexual objects. I began to feel nauseous when I realized I had treated them sexually.
In other words, only when we recognize that they are colleagues like us can we have a holy hatred. Since then, pornography can be banned.
Third, once you find symptoms of intentional use of pornography, you should immediately discard all your data.
This action should be done regularly, not once. People who indulge in pornography collect data without even realizing it. Because of this, they are tempted.
Fourth, if you want to get out of your addiction to pornography, you need the help of a partner.
As with most addictions, pornography addiction is a temptation to escape. To get out of your potent addiction to pornography, you must have someone you can talk to at will.
He should prepare regular inspection opportunities of a preventive nature through prayer, meetings, advice, and encouragement.
And proper reformation should be attempted through decisive yet considerate disciplinary action in which addicts return to their past habits. Human beings should unconsciously pursue a certain degree of sexual stimulation before or after marriage.
However, this pursuit of sexual stimulation must be made in a legitimate context. Even in some cases, it is necessary to control sexual stimulation itself. It is by no means ignoring, suppressing, or neglecting sexual desire.
You don’t have to say what sexual stimulation deviates from the degree and context results in humans. Today, I learned about porn and masturbation addiction.
It is an irresistible temptation for Christians to seek holiness, but they must break the chain of sin through the method above.
Why do Christians become slaves to PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION?
There’s a fun story. One lab tried to study the difference between those who watched porn and those who did not. By the way,
They had to quit the lab’s research without even starting it. Why did It do that? The reason is so simple. There weren’t applicants who had never watched porn.
Not only adults but also teenagers have never seen pornography. Every man, woman, child, or adult watches porn more than once.
Christians and even pastors are not free from pornography
Christians and even pastors are not free from pornography. Some people watch porn so much that they fall into porn addiction.
To be honest, there was a time when I had to fight porn addiction. I once failed the test because I was addicted to pornography and didn’t study for it. What a shameful past.
Why do people fall in love with pornography? And why am I addicted to pornography? I’m going to find out about this today.
I’m going to refer to a book to find out why Christians are addicted to pornography. It’s called Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions by Gerald G. May, a psychiatrist, and here’s what the author says.
All humans were born with a desire for God
Having listened to the aspirations of people for 20 years, I was convinced that all humans were born with a desire for God. Whether religious or not, this desire is human’s deepest desire and the most valuable treasure.
This desire gives us meaning. Some have suppressed this desire to bury it under numerous other concerns and are completely unaware of it.
Or they experience this desire in different ways, such as perfection and a desire for completion or achievement.
No matter how we describe it, it’s a desire for love. This is the desire to get closer to the source of love who loves and wants to be loved.
This desire is the essence of the human soul, that is, the origin of our most intense hope and the noblest dream. This word of the author reminds me of Augustine and Pascal.
Augustine said that humans can only rest within God, and Pascal said that humans have a space that can only be filled with God.
Humans can experience full fullness and rest within God
To sum up the words of these three, humans can experience full fullness and rest within God, the best good.
The problem is that Satan does not want a man to pursue God, Satan somehow causes man to stay away from God and pursue the object of lies, and Satan seduces humans to follow false values such as money, fame, and pleasure.
Pornography is one of them. It has the value and purpose of God-created sex, and Satan attracts humans by distorting Sex, so it makes us have sex before we get married, it makes us have sex, not our spouse, and it makes us see porn that as the exact opposite of the sex that God has planned.
Pornography is not real sex
Pornography is not real sex. Pornography is not real love either. But if you watch a lot of porn, the idea of bad sex overflows in your head.
But keep in mind that sex in porn is just staged scenes. You don’t have to mistake lies for the truth. The first Peter 3:7 said:
Husbands, in the same way, be considerate as you live with your wives and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
But there is only wrong knowledge in pornography. There is no respect for women or spouses. Women are treated as a tool for sexual desires, but the Bible says that women receive the grace of life together. These noble values don’t exist in pornography.
The more you see porn, the more evil thoughts will dominate your thoughts and actions. That’s why you should get out of it. Let’s learn more about the addiction and grace of Christians.
Six Biblical views on masturbation.
One of the problems Christians struggle with is masturbation. They wonder if masturbation is a sin. Is Christian masturbation a sin? I will refer to a book written by a theologian to examine this subject.
Today, I will share with you the biblical view of masturbation from the book’s author. There are six Protestant views on masturbation.
Protestantism’s first position on masturbation is the idea that masturbation is a sin. The argument that masturbation is considered a sin is as follows.
Masturbation is a sinful habit that goes against the will of God. Masturbation is a sin that misuses the God-given gift of body and sex. There are several reasons why they consider masturbation a sin.
Christians should not be obsessed with anything, but young people can become slaves to masturbation.
Sexual fantasies often accompany masturbation.
This corresponds to the part Jesus rebuked in Matthew 5:27 and 28. Christians have only two options: temperance and marriage.
Biblical sex is an action for your spouse, not for yourself. Also, the guilt of masturbating proves that masturbation is a sin. Second, masturbation is considered wrong because it falls short of God’s ideal level of sexuality.
Because God intends for men and women to become one flesh through sexual relations, masturbation is against God’s intention.
However, this idea is also far from the actual situation and theory, like the assertion mentioned above. Third, there is an opinion that a sinful part and a legitimate part coexist in masturbation.
However, there is a problem in that the standard for distinguishing the two is ambiguous. Fourth, from a moral point of view, masturbation is neither wrong nor a good act.
Fifth, masturbation is morally permissible. Those who make this claim think that the needs of young people should be satisfied through appropriate channels.
They also believe that it is better for a young man to masturbate than to commit a crime. Finally, the sixth position is that masturbation is a gift from God.
However, while this idea relieves the young man’s guilt, there is a problem that it can lead to other sins related to masturbation. Today, we studied six ideas about masturbation in Protestantism. Next, we will try to find out about sexual sin in the Bible.
Is Masturbation a Sin?
There is a reason Christians consider masturbation a sin. Because they consider masturbation a sexual sin. Is masturbation a sexual sin? Then, let’s look at the sexual sin in the Bible.
The Sexual Sin In the Bible
There are various sexual sins in the Bible. Sexual sins mentioned in the Bible include adultery, sodomy, incest, extramarital affairs, and homosexuality.
And the most common word among sexual sins is fornication. The term also refers to the extramarital affair of a married woman or sexual intercourse with a prostitute.
Adultery usually means an extramarital affair. In addition, 1 Corinthians 6:9 refers to homosexuality with boys even among homosexuals.
Another sexual sin in the Bible is lewdness. This means sexual debauchery. However, nowhere in the Old and New Testaments is there any mention of masturbation.
Masturbation is not on the list of many sexual offenses mentioned in the Bible. Some will call masturbation a sin based on a few passages from the Bible.
Let us consider the statements that support their assertion that masturbation is a sin. First, Genesis 38:8-10. In these words, Onan ejaculates in sex with her sister-in-law.
Here, Onan’s sin lies not in external ejaculation but in breaking God’s command because of his selfishness. Onan did not practice the custom of levirate marriage.
They also say that Leviticus 15:16-17 is the basis for a sinful act of masturbation.
When a man has emission of semen, he must bathe his whole body with water, and he will be unclean till evening. Any clothing or leather with semen on it must be washed with water, and it will be unclean till evening.
But this also lacks justification. It is difficult to conclude that the Emission of semen is the release of semen from masturbation. It is also because the issues dealt with in the text are conscious, not ethical.
Now, the ceremonial law of the Old Testament times has no legal effect in the New Testament times, as was shown in Peter’s vision.
The Bible does not say that masturbation is a sin
Any other biblical basis for asserting that masturbation is a sin has nothing to do with Masturbation. So what about sexual desire in the New Testament?
Let’s read Matthew 5:28.
But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
This verse expresses a person who looks at a woman for sexual desire and never contains sexual fantasies. Masturbation is an imaginary act. However, this verse refers to looking at a real woman and lusting for it. In Romans 1:24,
Paul says: Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.
Sinful desire here does not mean masturbation. The sexual sin that the Apostle Paul condemns here is not homosexual masturbation.
In addition, 2 Corinthians 12:21, Ephesians 5:11-12, 2 Timothy 2:22, and 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 point out that sexual sins have nothing to do with masturbation.
What these words condemn as sins are adultery above, sodomy, incest, extramarital affair, and homosexuality.
The Bible does not consider masturbation to be a sexual sin. Our thoughts and interpretations must not surpass the Bible.
Of course, with this conclusion, others will have a different opinion. So, we will not end our discussion of masturbation here but study it in more depth. I just want to say one point.
The Bible does not force you to live as an ascetic. I want you to be free in Jesus.
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