Danger of Pornography != Danger of the Bible

03Mar10
Some atheists at the U of Texas San Antonio are offering pornography in trade for “religious materials” (like the Bible), claiming that “porn is no worse than what’s written in religious texts.” In fact, they’re calling it the “smut for smut” campaign (source via Jim).

That of course, is idiotic and a fine example of total depravity. Even our reasoning and logic is affected by sin.

The principle behind porn is the individual’s enjoyment of sex. The principle behind the only religious text about which I care to argue is, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,” and, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37, 39). And you do this because “it is by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

If you live by the principle behind porn, you get broken marriages, a grotesquely warped view of other human beings, and the inability to relate to others well because you become so curved in on yourself. It’s all about you and your pleasure.

If you live by the principle of Christianity, you love. Even your enemies, and you serve them and everyone else too. You do this because God was gracious to you in that “even when we were dead in our trespasses [against the holy and perfect God], he made us alive together with Christ” (Ephesians 2:5).

The danger of pornography is self-centeredness. The danger of the Bible is that if you have authentic faith in its God (the one true God, by the way), he’ll give you a heart to start loving and serving not only your family or other Christians, but even your enemies.

The danger of pornography != the danger of the Bible.

On the other hand, I sort of hope this thing results in some swapped Bibles. Those who would trade one in for pornography aren’t reading it anyway. One can hope an atheist or two might.

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