Thursday, February 24, 2005

Pornography

the perspective of the Word

The root of the English word pornography -- the Late Greek pornographos – literally means "writings about prostitutes". Pornography is basically a focus on prostitution, or a form of it, which is certainly an adulteration of the exclusive and loyal bonds that the Maker of marriage intends. Pornography rarely if ever depicts explicit sexual relations of happily married couples. Almost invariably it wallows in and perversely exalts lust, promiscuity, incest, rape ... anything but marriage as our Maker intended!

"Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness" (Leviticus 19:29). When people allow their land to become full of wickedness, that land vomits them out. Nations decline and fall when morality erodes and more and more families disintegrate. A nation of disintegrated families is weak; a nation with stronger families will displace it. This sort of "fall" starts small and gathers steam over time. The phrase "lest the land fall to whoredom" shows how promoting prostitution brings a country down ... exerting an unhealthy influence on the whole.

Fox translates literally: "You are not to profane your daughter by making her a whore, that the land not go whoring and the land be filled with insidiousness."

Do not profane your daughter! Our Maker wants all people to be holy -- healthy and wholesome, as He is and intends each of us to be. He wants godly children -- they are for Him -- all things are created for His pleasure. Thankfully His pleasure is ours also. "Eden" signifies the delight He intends for us. He wants for us fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore -- not a short season of sinful pleasures leading to trouble!

Pornography is insidious! Its harm may not be obvious at first, but it works to bring us down rather than to raise us up. Its superficial allure is a trap that leads to disillusionment. It can never truly be fulfilling or satisfying – it leads one on and on to nowhere. Pornography leads us away from what is fair and wholesome. Pornography misleads.

Insidious: 1. "Working or spreading harmfully in a subtle or stealthy manner: insidious rumors; an insidious disease. 2. Intended to entrap; treacherous; insidious misinformation. 3. Beguiling but harmful; alluring; insidious pleasures.

The word insidious comes from a Latin word for "ambush" -- that's exactly what a porn store is to a man under hormonal influence with a deficit of good sense. The Latin word for ambush comes from another word that means "to lie in wait for" -- that's why they stay open 24 hours a day -- always available to tempt you and take your money at your weakest moment!

Resources:

The five books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy: a new translation with introductions, commentary, and notes by Everett Fox. 1995.

The American Heritage Dictrionary of the English Language, third edition.

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