The New Narcotic

I use a Samsung Galaxy, S3.  I do like it.  Like others, I have multiple use for it.  I especially like using it for getting directions, since I’m directionally challenged.  But recently I’ve learned that a smartphone, like the one I have, has quickly become a means of feeding our culture’s new narcotic of pornography.  However, a smartphone is hardly the only channel of this potent narcotic.

Neurological research has revealed that the effect of internet pornography on the human brain is just as potent—if not more so—than addictive chemical substances such as cocaine or heroin…”

“Another aspect of pornography addiction that surpasses the addictive and harmful characteristics of chemical substance abuse is its permanence. While substances can be metabolized out of the body, pornographic images cannot be metabolized out of the brain because pornographic images are stored in the brain’s memory. While substance abusers may cause permanent harm to their bodies or brains from drug use, the substance itself does not remain in the body after it has metabolized out of the body. But with pornography, there is no timeframe of abstinence that can erase the pornographic ‘reels’ of images in the brain that can continue to fuel the addictive cycle.”  read more

For the last few years, just about everywhere I went–conferences, seminars, pulpits–the speakers have always found a way to address the pornographic problem in our nation, especially among Christian leaders.

Recently I read an interview here about a new book on sexual purity and combating pornography and so on.  It’s a disease.  It’s an addiction.  It’s costly.  It’s destructive.

However, there is hope for freedom and healing through Jesus and the gospel.

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2 Responses to The New Narcotic

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