Well... it was an epiphany for me, anyway.
We all know viewing porn is bad. We all know it's sinful and something to be repented of. The problem is, sometimes the "why" if it can be vague. I mean, yes... we know Jesus said that to look at a woman lustfully was to have already committed adultery with her in one's own mind... But that certainly isn't unique to porn. What is it about porn, in particular, that puts it in its own class?
Well, there's the fact that you're essentially watching people fornicate. That seems pretty self-explanatory... and yet that still doesn't seem to explain why it's so existentially bad.
Plenty of people out there insist that it's perfectly harmless. After all, it's just consenting adults, right? I've even been lectured by one particularly morally bankrupt individual who tried to tell me that kids should have the right to watch that stuff, and that by not letting mine watch it, I was being a bad father.
Can you imagine that?
But what is it that makes it so awful?
Well, there's also the fact that most of the young women involved in it are being exploited. No, that isn't just a right-wing religious talking point. They are. I've done the research and it's true. They go into the industry expecting fun, fame and money, and are burnt out and dumped in about 12-18 months at the most. They commonly get involved in drugs, and when they go back to normal life their previous activity follows them. Do the producers of this material care about that? Nope. Not a fig.
But it can be argued that those problems can be addressed and fixed. Would it still be bad then?
Yes. And for one very simple reason: These women are precious daughters of Heavenly Father, and they should not be degraded like this. Every single one of them. In a very literal sense we are all His sons and daughters and that includes those who have been drawn into that industry... shouldn't the children of the Creator of the world be treated better, thought of better than this?
If you struggle with the temptation to view this material, keep that thought in mind. It's easy to be taken in by a culture that celebrates the most degrading and humiliating activity and calls it "normal." Well, that's what happens when you take God out of the equation.
"He who takes offense when no offense is intended is a fool, and he who takes offense when offense is intended is a greater fool."
"Don't take refuge in the false security of consensus."