The Brain Science of Porn [infographic]

by admin August 17, 2016   infographics

“If you knew that clicking on the porn site would mean instant death, or not clicking would mean $10,000 would you click? So you “can” stop.” – John Piper

Here are some stats that are alarming from xxxchurch.com, 9 out of 10 boys were exposed to pornography before the age of 18,  Nearly 40% of all teenagers have posted or sent sexually suggestive messages, 90% of 8- to 16-year-olds having viewed pornography online (most while doing homework).  Students are struggling with sexual addictions.  How are you planning on helping students and parents deal with this issue facing us today?

Here is an infographic called: The Brain Science of Sexual Addiction.  Here are some things that stand out.

Pornography is a drug.  When watching porn the brain releases powerful neurochemicals like dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin.  This is a serious thing.  It’s so serious that it’s an addiction.  We need to help parents and educate them in the epidemic that is hitting students everywhere.

Shame in sexual addiction.  Shame has a crippling effect on sex addicts.  I don’t know how many times I have sat down with a student who confesses a sexual addiction, and feels like the only one in the world who struggles with it.  I am always surprised at how much shame they feel.  Brene Brown states so well how vulnerability destroys shame, “We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.  Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.  Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare.

We have to help students see that Jesus is better than porn.  John Piper states, “Lust disregards the promises and warnings of having or losing the beauties of Christ.”  We can keep point them back to Jesus and the grace that he gives.  We need to help students understand who they are in Christ, and how they are adopted as sons and daughters into his kingdom.  Romans 8:15 states, “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

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