So, I have to ask myself – Am I just making this argument because I want to look at porn and still go to church and identify as a Christian.
Yes – and No.
I believe in Veritas – in Truth. I believe in Truth when it hurts me. But I also believe in it when the Truth, “sets me free.”
I lived for decades attempting to control my erotic impulses. I felt guilty each time I indulged. My wife and I had many a tearful confession time. I did not, during those decades, attempt to rationalize my behavior or excuse it. I attempted to pray, to become more holy, to redirect my desires in “holy” directions. I memorized dozens of chapters of the Bible to quote during times of temptation.
Why didn’t I examine the Bible and see if all of my unsuccessful efforts were unnecessary? Because – of course – I didn’t want to simply justify my bad behavior by scriptural reinterpretation.
But, sometimes, just sometimes, the reason I am fighting so hard and failing is because God never intended me to fight that battle in the first place.