Pornography in the church
Pornography is present everywhere in our society. From softcore to hardcore, almost anywhere you look, pornography is available for only a few dollars. Sometimes it's free -- just free enough to entice a man to seek more. Cable television and the Internet beckon men and sometimes women to step into the world of lust, fornication, and adultery. In fact, softcore pornography is ordinarily part of most television cable purchases, even without buying the typical HBO package. Email communications are constantly delivering invitations to look at hardcore pornography.
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Religious views on pornography are based on broader religious views on modesty , human dignity , sexuality and other virtues which may not be reflected or may be reduced for humans who practice pornography. People who identify themselves as very religious and consume porn are more likely to consider themselves as addicted to porn an addiction that is not recognized in the psychiatric handbook DSM-V than a non-religious reference group according to a study, but no connection between level of religious devotion and amount of porn consumed was shown in that study. Michael Coogan stated that the Tanakh does not have any specific laws relating to pornography and Judaism has always had a positive attitude to sex. Maimonides , in his Mishneh Torah , writes, based on the Talmud ,  that "A person who stares at even a small finger of a woman with the intent of deriving pleasure is considered as if he looked at her genitalia. It is even forbidden to hear the voice of a woman with whom sexual relations are prohibited, or to look at her hair.
I suspect most if not all of the readers of this post know somebody who has struggled with pornography. In fact, I'm re-posting this post because I've seen pornography once again cost somebody more than it's worth. From the teenager struggling with new desires to the senior pastor recently caught in sin, even believers wrestle with this sin. If you are struggling with pornography, I encourage you to talk to someone. Pray especially that your Christian family, friends, and children will not fall under the power of this sin.
Sadly, pornography is a pervasive, multi-billion dollar business in our country alone, with revenues generated from movies, cable and dish network television, magazines, books, and other materials. Moreover, the internet is the cheapest, fastest, and most anonymous pornography source. Called to lead a chaste life, each Christian must respect the sanctity of his own human sexuality, which involves the integration of his physical and spiritual being. However, the respect for marriage and its conjugal love is not simply limited to any physical expression. On the other hand, pornography is an act of spiritual adultery, which leads to the spiritual disintegration of the person and may lead to physical adultery or other illicit sexual acts.