Porn in the Bible

Porn in the Bible

Featured in the August, 2006 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News

The English word “porn” comes directly from the Greek word “πορνεία”(porneia). This word and others from the same root appear 55 times in the New Testament. It is usually translated “fornication” or “sexual immorality”. Porn or fornication refers to all kinds of out-of-pattern sex.

Since the Bible is a book that deals with life as it is, you find in its pages:

  • Sodomy (Genesis 19)
  • Incest (Genesis 19:19-38)
  • Bestiality (Exodus 22:19)
  • Adultery (II Samuel 11:1-5)
  • Polygamy (II Kings 11:1-3)

and other sexual practices.

Sex List. In Leviticus 18 there is a long list of sexual practices that are prohibited by God. Since God is the creator of sex, he is the one who has the right to determine its proper use and to define what are deviations. If you had invented sex, then you would have that authority.

Sex Warnings. In the first century, the city of Corinth was notorious for its wild and weird sexual practices, which caused Paul to write a letter telling the believers in that city to “flee from sexual immorality (porn)” (I Corinthians 6:18).

Paul also wrote to the church at Thessalonica, plainly saying, “Avoid sexual immorality (porn)” (I Thessalonians 4:3) and Christian believers are told not to keep company with the “sexually immoral” (I Corinthians 5:9).

It is not just in this life that a whole range of medical and psychological problems come from trafficking in porn, but the Bible clearly states that the “sexually immoral” will end up “in the fiery lake of burning sulfur” (Revelation 21:8).

The Pattern. The Bible is clear that God created sex, making us “male and female” (Genesis 1:27). Real sex is to be enjoyed in a marriage of a man and a woman who are in a life long relationship (Mark 10:9). This is the sex that is blessed by God as the Scriptures say, “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral” (Hebrews 13:4). Numerous Bible passages, such as
Genesis 24 and I Corinthians 7, address this subject.

An entire Bible book, the Song of Solomon, teaches about the wholesomeness
and sacredness of marriage as it speaks of a country girl who refused to become
part of a kings sensual harem and instead married her country lover. God always
blesses those who follow His plan.