When we encounter a new experience, our bodies release an extra dose of pleasure-producing chemicals, a mechanism which encourages us to experience and explore new things.
For me, the draw of pornography was largely a draw to novelty.
For instance, take the survey results published in the Clearly, what is considered “regular” use of pornography, or being “controlled” by it, are not the same across the board. One contributing factor that psychologists give is religion.
For the addict, this slavery has impacted his or her life in a particular, more demonstrative way; in fact, the conference in Philadelphia was called “The Addict in Us All,” to highlight this very point: we are all addicted to self, addicted to sin, and as Christians we are all being redeemed from that life of sin-slavery. Definitional differences aside, could it be that Christians actually have a more difficult time battling addictions?
It also includes the unequally yoked categories of disease and sin.
Given its ambiguities, there is a growing sentiment that we need a different word” (, p.11).
For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, ‘You shall not covet.’ But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness” (Romans 7:7-8).
This is the hot stove principle: Tell a child not to touch the hot stove, and the forbidden act suddenly seems all the more attractive; the biblical motto of the harlot reiterates this conceit: “Stolen water is sweet and bread eaten in secret is pleasant” (Proverbs ).