Some people claim that it is a natural response to natural desires. The Bible challenges us to think differently.
You may have heard of masturbation (self stimulation) being presented in a positive way as a normal healthy activity. It is claimed that it can help young people ease anxiety and, after or even during puberty, relieve sexual frustration. So is there anything wrong with this teaching? What is a… Read more.
We’re often told that we can define our identity by what we feel – but where does the Bible say our identity comes from?
Thinking Biblically about identity
The Bible teaches that in the beginning God created human beings, male and female in His image . Jesus repeated this when He was talking to some religious leaders, what He said is recorded in Matthew 19:4.
He answered, “Have you not read that He who… Read more.
How you speak the truth in love is challenging.
Perhaps you should read our articles on what the Bible says about gay relationships and why is it wrong to be bi before considering what it means if someone in your friendship group, who is not a Christian, says that they are gay.
It may be tempting to ‘shove it… Read more.
3 important principles
God has designed us to go through puberty. The changes to our bodies and minds during this phase of life are no accident but are perfectly designed by God to prepare us for new opportunities, to live independently from our parents and perhaps, one day, to have a family of… Read more.
Pornography doesn’t just badly affect the people who use it – but also those who perform in it.
People are used for entertainment and money.
Pornography is a massive industry driven by money and makes a large profit each year. The actors and actresses see little of this money.
People are not treated with dignity and respect.
Those who make money from the pornography industry make it by… Read more.
When does life begin?
Whatever you think about the issue, it is hard to deny that the prospect of an abortion is momentous and life-changing, both for the mother who has found herself pregnant, probably when she did not want to be, and for the baby whose life is in danger.
There is much… Read more.
Pornography gives unrealistic expectations of what people should look like. It can lead both girls and boys to have anxieties and feel under pressure to have a certain body image.
Pornography can change the way you think about people.
An emphasis on physical appearance is prevalent in today’s culture: in films, magazines and advertising. Such an emphasis will make it harder to establish good relationships and to treat the opposite sex with love and respect.
Pornography gives unrealistic expectations of… Read more.
When we separate the act of sex from real people and real relationships, it can distort and confuse our minds and affect how we relate to others.
Using pornography makes it harder to form a good relationship.
Pornography cuts up a person by separating the object of lust from the reality of the person – their lives, thoughts, needs and situation. When we separate the act of sex from real people and real relationships, it can distort… Read more.
Is there a good use for social media?
A study recently claimed that people under 35 in the UK spend over 3.5 hours on social media every day. I am not sure who they asked, but that seems pretty low to me! Maybe I just spend too much time on my phone! There are great things about social… Read more.
As pornography is dangerous, it is important not to become involved or get caught out by it. Only you can make the final decision about what you choose to look at.
Think carefully about what you watch and read. Often the images and messages, even in the mainstream media, can be sexually provocative and make us want to look for more explicit material.
Turn on ‘safe search’ so that most inappropriate content will be filtered out. For more protection,… Read more.
It can stream into our homes and on to our phones and is estimated to account for about 10 to 15 percent of all internet searches. But why is pornography so wrong and dangerous?
At the heart of the problem with pornography is the fact that it promotes sexual arousal outside of a relationship, which has many dangerous consequences. This is the first of a series of articles which look at some of these consequences.
Pornography damages our relationship with God.
The Bible teaches… Read more.
How can we hold up men, such as Abraham, Jacob and David, as ‘heroes of the faith’ when each of them also did terrible things?
In the Bible we can read accounts of people with an especially close relationship with God. These people, such as Abraham, Jacob and David, were given promises and blessings that are spoken of through the whole Bible and are revealed to have their fulfilment in Jesus Christ. But, we may… Read more.