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The effects of pornography in seven words: cheating on your future spouse and family.

I wish I could say that you could go through life and not have to deal with the issue of pornography.  Sadly, the culture that we live daily is saturated with sex, pleasure, and the “things that make us feel good”.

The more we see it in our daily lives, the more we become accustomed to it. grocery store checkout lines, bill boards, online ads, and Facebook run rampant with pornography.  And the more the issue is prevalent in our culture, the more we become desensitized to it.

Excuses such as “It’s not like I’m actually physically hurting anybody” or “it’s completely mutual” or “it’s really no big deal” are buzz words around the issue.  It is not helpful when the world in which we live and breathe simply reinforces the supposed normality.

Take for instance two movies that recently came out recently, the first starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and the other staring Jamie Dornan.  “The Wolf of Wall Street” as well as “Fifty Shades of Grey” were hailed as an ingenious films.  The levels of nudity and crass humor were through the roof.  Both films were major blockbuster successes: the first film grossed over $389 million worldwide against a $100 million budget, while the second has brought in over $287 million worldwide and climbing.  Additionally, “The Wolfe of Wall Street” was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Scorsese, Best Adapted Screenplay for Terrence Winter, and Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for DiCaprio.  And it was pornography for the masses. I think you get the picture.

What a narrow box pornography is.  Instead of opening your eyes to the beauty of God’s creation, you narrow yourself into a thought process where people are objects to be captured in a screen shot for viewing pleasure.

However, pornography is not a moral issue simply because sex is bad.  On the contrary, sex is a beautiful creation from God.  Sex was created BY God.  So if you think He just sits up in the sky and says “Don’t do this,” “Ohh, wrong move,” thing again.  He invented sex.  And all things that God creates?  Good.

Pornography is not even bad only because it shows too much.  Instead, as so flawlessly pointed out by John Paul II (are we surprised?), “Pornographic images reduce the person being lusted over to body parts only. There is no dignity when the human dimension is eliminated from the person. In short, the problem with pornography is not that it shows too much of the person, but that it shows far too little.”

It takes the beautiful creation of a human being, made in the image and likeness of God, and reduces him or her to parts to be admired.

You are more than parts. God’s creation of your fellow human beings are good.  

Sex is great

Pornography?  Doesn’t even fit in the picture.

Guest Writer: Chloe M.

Also, as a side for anyone who struggles with looking at pornography: make sure to check out the anti-pornography organization Fight the New Drug. They have many resources and materials for people struggling with this issue and highly recommend checking them out. You can find them on their website: www.fightthenewdrug.com 

Written by Fire of The Spirit

Fire of the Spirit is a Catholic teen group devoted to the evangelization and awakening of Catholic teenagers everywhere, both in the beliefs of the Church and the importance of the world we live in. Our mission is to join with other like minded teens from all over the world and set the world ablaze with the love of Christ through inspiring and truth-filled media. For as Pope Francis states quite well, “Jesus teaches us another way. Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit”. At it’s core, this group is meant to be a refuge where people of all different backgrounds and lifestyles can come together in Catholic fellowship with the common goal of helping us all to become closer and more united with Christ and our faith. That is to say that this group believes the best way to help ourselves and others grow in faith is to engage actively together with each other; moreover, it is for this reason that our publications are promised to be "for teens by teens" and shall remain so forever more. "Be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire" - St. Catherine of Siena

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