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Could porn be considered as adultery?

Discussion in 'General Theology' started by zoidar, Jul 20, 2021.

Could porn be considered as adultery?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. I'm not sure

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  1. Sabertooth

    Sabertooth Repartee Animal: Quipping the Saints! Supporter

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    Agreed.
     
  2. Sabertooth

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    Now, you are just accusing God...

    "So God created man in His own image;
    in the image of God He created him;
    male and female He created them.​
    Then God blessed them, and God said to them,
    'Be fruitful and multiply;
    fill the earth and subdue it;...
    ' " Genesis 1:27-28 NKJV​
     
  3. ReluctantTheologian

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    I'm inclined to take a practical view: any action, word, thought, read, view that is a pre-cursor to a sinful act as defined by the Law of Moses (when it comes to the area of 'sexual morality') I would avoid; as that is the angle of approach Jesus uses in Matthew 5:27-28.

    If I'm looking with desire at my neighbour's wife that is a precursor to actual adultery, or even murder (e.g. David - Bathsheba), so even the precursor is sinful. If a man notices the beauty of an attractive single woman who he might be able marry (which is not sinful), than that precursor also is not sinful IMHO.

    The intriguing bit is that in Song of Songs the couple is erotically fantasizing about each other BEFORE their actual wedding (but possibly they were betrothed already); so can we take from that that that is not sinful perse? Maybe ...
     
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  4. bbbbbbb

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    I fail to understand your reasoning. The fact that God finds all of humanity sin-filled is no reflection on God. Because of Adam's fall from Eden God cursed both men and women. Adam and Eve willfully disobeyed God's direct commandment and mankind has been cursed by God as a result.

    This is a simple biblical fact. If you want to read into a theology then that is your decision.
     
  5. bbbbbbb

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    Maybe . . .
     
  6. Sabertooth

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    You equated sexual attraction to sexual sin.
    That is likening the act of eating your own food
    to eating somebody else's food.

    The issue isn't about your God-given appetite.
    It is about where you would go to satisfy it.
     
  7. bbbbbbb

    bbbbbbb Well-Known Member

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    Gotcha! Therefore, porn is not inherently sinful in your estimation.
     
  8. TheWhat?

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    Did I say porn is dangerous? I'm hearing echoes.
     
  9. Sabertooth

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    Since "porn" means [virtual] prostitution, I think it is clearly a case of
    "satisfying your appetite with somebody else's food" (not your own).

    Methinks that you have selective hearing.
     
  10. zoidar

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    Maybe people will disagree here, but I see a huge difference from fantasizing in the head than watching movies or looking at picturers. Movies and pictures involves an industry of adultery, fornication, sinfulness and sometimes criminality. By looking we support and actually enjoy sinful behaviour of others. If we think a bit further, porn is like inviting prostitutes home and look at them having sex. In a sense that is what we do, we just have our camera at their place instead. Not saying that it's easy for many people to resist porn, but it's still an awful sin. Masturbation and fantasizing I believe is a different category, that has to be discussed separatly.
     
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  11. bbbbbbb

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    One of the difficulties we face in our culture is that we naturally define porn as visual stimulation. In fact, it entails far more than the visual aspect. There are multitudes of pornographic forms of literature which do not have a single illustration. Some is soft porn such as the pulp romances and other can be quite hard core - completely without illustrations. The Song of Solomon is somewhere in between IMO.

    My question is whether or not we wish to limit porn to the visual aspect only. Even then there are multitudes of forms of soft porn. Hollywood has been churning it out for over a century now. Rudolf Valentino is a lovely example of acceptable soft porn in which women fantasized about having a romantic relationship with him or someone of his caliber.
     
  12. BNR32FAN

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    I think it can be considered adultery if a person is married. If they’re not married then I would say it could be considered as sexual immorality.
     
  13. bbbbbbb

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    At what point do you define porn? Is it the hardcore magazines and other media, or does it include softcore things such as I discussed in my previous post?
     
  14. Psalm 27

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    a small percentage of females seem to be as affected by porn, but we do battle other addictions, such as gluttony, vanity and gossip. I’ve know men who have been virtually consumed by it. I had a personal struggle with it. The internet made it an even bigger problem than before...Just Thank The Lord you’re not Male.

    Billy graham said ‘porn rots the soul’ —

    Movie ‘thanks for sharing’
     
  15. RDKirk

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    Written pornography has always been considered pornography, such as James Joyce's "Ulysses."
     
  16. RDKirk

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    LOL at that old question.

    I know it when I see it - Wikipedia

    But, frankly, from the perspective of a Spirit-filled Christian, "I know it when I see it" is very reasonable. If the Holy Spirit who abides within you guides you away from anything, then you know it. Or use the Philippian Prescription: If it is not noble, right, pure, lovely, excellent, admirable, or praiseworthy...turn away.
     
  17. bbbbbbb

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    You are mistaken concerning women and porn. Granted the women are not the visual creatures that men are. However, women prefer their porn in a written format which enables them to mentally fantasize. Most women's porn is in the form of romance novels and can be generally categorized as soft porn, but some of it is quite explicit, albeit not illustrated, except for the lurid cover illustrations.
     
  18. bbbbbbb

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    That is but one example. What do you think concerning the thousands of romance novels which are lustily consumed by a willing public?
     
  19. RDKirk

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    What do you think concerning the thousands of romance novels which are lustily consumed by a willing public?[/QUOTE]

    They are pornography.
     
  20. BNR32FAN

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    I would define porn as provocative nude photos.
     
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