simon@elephantroom.info

Can I surf the Internet without thinking about porn?

  QUESTION: I am Christian who is fighting a porn addiction. I have to turn off Safari on my phone to make sure I don’t come to temptation but sometimes, if I keep my Safari on, temptation occurs. One day I want to be able to surf the Internet without thinking about looking at porn. Can you help me in some way? ANSWER: Wanting to be able to surf the internet without thinking about porn is a good and useful goal, though it’s pretty hard to deliberately NOT to think about something. Try NOT to think about a chicken. The very effort put into not thinking about something, makes that thing impossible to ignore. The only way we can NOT think about something, is if we are thinking about something else instead. Put your efforts into the right things to think about. As Paul writes in Philippians 4:8, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Also, it may not be possible at times NOT to think about porn when you go to the internet – but you can think RIGHTLY about porn. Does God think about porn? I would say he does. Porn breaks his heart. God is angry about the people who are used in porn and the way porn lies about people and about sex. God is grieved by the lives that are destroyed and the people trapped in the porn industry. It’s not that God does not think about porn. He just thinks rightly about it. If...