#Pornography is not #Cheating on your #Wife

One of the greatest challenges facing the man who wishes to be honest about his porn use is overcoming society’s insistence that he is being, somehow, unfaithful to his wife.

Biblically, this insistence makes no sense.  If reading about or looking at sexy women or sex acts were adultery, then God would cause us to be commit adultery every time we read the Bible, which doesn’t close the bedroom doors.  Privacy is a function of large living spaces, which didn’t exist until after World War II.

The oft quoted Matt 5:28 Whosever looketh after a woman to lust after her… ignores the context of the scripture which talks about hatred being equivalent to murder.  Every time I become angry with someone I do not “hate” them.  I can be very angry with someone without desiring their death, so also I can be very aroused at the sight of a woman’s body without desiring or scheming to have sex with her.

Only in America are women’s breasts always hidden from sight.  In the rest of the world, and in the rest of history, breasts were considered a normal, and very pleasant sight.Clearly the people of the Bible were used to naked breasts in public.  Unquestionably the Romans had no problem with them.  The Jews certainly appreciated the finer parts of female anatomy.   David saw Bathsheba bathing on the rooftop because it was obviously common for women to do this.

The shame of nakedness in history is not associated with a lack of modesty, but rather with poverty.  Poor people could not afford enough clothes to be dressed all of the time.  But even rich people took off their clothes when they were around water.  The bathing suit – like pajamas – is a recent American/English invention.

The pornographic portraits, statues, and literature of the ancient world is pervasive in all cultures.   Yet neither Jesus nor Paul and the other New Testament writers mentioned it.  They spent their efforts warning against real adultery, real fornication, and real lasciviousness.

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