Is Pornography Adultery?
In my opinion, nothing healthy or good can come out of pornography. The topics and characters are based on fiction. Pornography is not only poison to marriage but also in relationships.
It creates a sensation, an escape, and false intimacy. It’s a temporary fix that in this day and age is constantly available. It lures both men and women, young and old.
Today, not only is porn readily available because of the advent of the Internet, it’s free!
I’ve heard men complain, “But, it’s not a real person.” Real or imagined, photographed or photoshopped, sin doesn’t take place inside someone else. Sin happens inside of us. Spiritually and emotionally, it’s the same thing.
But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
The above scripture shows that adultery does not require physical contact.
The dictionary defines adultery as “voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone other than his or her lawful spouse.”
Jesus redefined adultery to include lust. Lust is “intense sexual desire or appetite.” Jesus’ definition of adultery, then, is “intense sexual desire between a married person and someone other than his or her lawful spouse.”
In addition, science has connected the viewing of porn with the alteration of the user’s brain activity and desires.
These newfound desires can alter the user’s ability to appreciate pure sexual interaction because of the entrenchment of the viewed pornographic imagery.
Therefore, the viewing of porn is adultery when the viewer lusts for the interaction portrayed by the image. This form of lust is graduated when images are used as a basis for sexual gratification during relations with a spouse.