Average… What Average Does!

Posted: November 13, 2014 in Average..., Podcasts
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The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers reports that 56% of divorce cases involve one party having “an obsessive interest in pornographic websites.”

imagesAccording to numerous studiesprolonged exposure to pornography leads to:

  • a diminished trust between intimate couples
  • the belief that promiscuity is the natural state
  • cynicism about love or the need for affection between sexual partners
  • the belief that marriage is sexually confining
  • a lack of attraction to family and child-raising

Thank you for joining me today. i’m Dr. ed peterson and i’m the host of the me and I Am post and podcast. We’re looking at Matthew chapters 5 , 6 and 7 and finding out what Jesus says is average and what the alternative is to being average.

Jesus says to His listeners, “You know the next commandment pretty well, too: Don’t go to bed with another’s spouse.

Then He drops a bomb shell. He says, “Don’t think you’ve preserved your virtue simply by staying out of bed.” 

“Your heart can be corrupted by lust even quicker than your body. Those leering looks you think nobody notices—they also corrupt.” Once you hear or read these statistics there will be no question about the seriousness of what Jesus said.

This is played out today in part through a multi-billion dollar industry,$20 Billion to be more precise. While that number seems to be going down one must keep in mind that the good news is tempered with the reality of 80 – 90% of all participation in pornography is done where there is no cost.

56% of divorce cases involve one party having “an obsessive interest in pornographic websites.”. Jesus says, “those leering looks you think nobody notices-they also corrupt.” Nobody i know openly proclaims that they look at pornography. Yet… it has become the norm, something the average person does.

Paul Fishbein, founder of Adult Video News, says, “Porn doesn’t have a demographic—it goes across all demographics.” After an analysis of 400 million web searches, researchers concluded that 1 in 8 of all searches online are for erotic content.

So who are the victims most likely to be? According to data taken from Internet users who took part in the General Social Survey:

  • Men are 543% more likely to look at porn than females.
  • Those who are politically more liberal are 19% more likely to look at porn.
  • Those who have ever committed adultery are 218% more likely to look at porn.
  • Those who have ever engaged in paid sex are 270% more likely to look at porn.
  • Those who are happily married are 39% likely to look at porn.
  • Those with teen children at home are 55% likely to look at porn.
  • Regular church attenders are 74% more likely to look at porn than non-attenders,
  • Those self-identified as “fundamentalists” are 91% more likely to look at porn.

After an analysis of more than one million hits to Google’s mobile search sites, more than 1 in 5 searches are for pornography on mobile devices.

By 2015, mobile adult content and services will reach $2.8 billion, mobile adult subscriptions will reach nearly $1 billion, and mobile adult video on tablets will triple worldwide.

35% of boys say they have viewed pornographic videos “too many times to count.”

More than half of boys and nearly a third of girls see their first pornographic images before they turn 13. In a survey of hundreds of college students, 93% of boys and 62% of girls said they were exposed to pornography before they turned 18. In the same survey, 83% of boys and 57% of girls said they had seen images of group sex online.

About 64-68% of young adult men and about 18% of women use porn at least once every week. Another 17% of men and another 30% of women use porn 1-2 times per month.

With two-thirds of college-age men and half of college-age women saying viewing porn is an acceptable way to express one’s sexuality it is now the norm and not the exception, all the while being hidden.

Screen-shot-2013-02-25-at-11.26.39-AMLet me repeat what Jesus said, “Your heart can be corrupted by lust even quicker than your body. Those leering looks you think nobody notices—they also corrupt.”

Now listen closely, we live in the age of grace. If you’re a Christian i want to tell you some good news, everything you’ve ever done in the past is forgiven. Everything. You may have blown a marriage; you may have blown three marriages. i don’t know how to unscramble the eggs. i don’t know how to put it all together. But i can tell you one thing i do know and that is that whatever i’ve done, whatever you’ve done in the past is under the blood of Jesus Christ. We start from here. “And if any man be in Christ he is”, what? “A new creation, old things have passed away and all things have become new.!’ Forget the past! Take hold of the moment and become intentional about living it according to Gods ideal? Get out of the average statistics!

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