Religion’s Duality: How It Causes and Cures Porn Addiction

Stone angelsReligion and how it creates and cures porn addiction

Hear me out on this one. And before I begin, let me say that I think religion overall is much more beneficial than it is detrimental. However, you should know how your religious beliefs affect your relationship with porn. A promise was made that the truth will set you free. See if the following is true for you.

Religion almost always discourages pornography and masturbation. And for good reason too as it can develop into a compulsion similar to an addiction. This compulsion is probably something you have and the desire to end it has gotten you here to this website.

The thought of doing something that is contrary to your beliefs causes grief and regret. If you are familiar with the RAMP Solution to porn addiction then you know Regret is the “R” in the TROUBLED feelings. The feeling of regret can cause you to have another trigger.

Also, combining the feelings of regret or shame to the high caused by pornography and masturbation will create a unique cocktail of chemicals for the brain. Shame and regret will cause areas of the brain to fire that are not normally active during a normal brain response to sexual activity. This has the potential to create a unique high that is only available to highly religious people.

So being religious can actually give you a greater high and increase your disposition for pornography addiction.

I should clarify that religion is not the problem. Religion may have helped cause the addiction but it certainly was not the deciding factor to creating the compulsion in your mind. Most of the causes of pornography addiction are innocent and caused by natural curiosity. The blame game is not very productive at any rate.

While religion is effective at saying not to look at pornography, religion is somewhat weak when it comes to finding a solution to the addiction.  Often the solution they give is to pray and fast. If spiritual emptiness (Emptiness is the “E” in TROUBLED) is not one of your main triggers; then those activities will do little to stop the addiction. I hope that those activities will help you arrive at a place like this website so that you can get the answers.

And that brings us to the highlight of religion. What religion has done for you through all these years is help you have a hope. Hope that there is a solution to your problem. If you’re still alive and kicking after being addicted for years then religion will play a major role in you finding the cure. Who else but a religious person with strong faith would still fight the compulsion after years or decades?

I occasionally go to Yahoo Answers to shamefully promote my ideas on quitting porn. And often there are people who ask about how to quit porn. And even though the question is “how to quit porn” and not “is porn bad or good,” inevitably there will be a number of people, mainly males, who say there is nothing wrong with porn. That porn is natural and good. I feel sorry for them. I am sure that they have tried to stop numerous times and failed every time. And because they have failed so many times they have now labeled pornography and masturbation as natural and good.

And if you are honest with yourself, without your faith in religion would you have given up by now and accepted excuses and lies as truth? At any rate, that is not your fate. If you believe you will overcome porn addiction, you are right. Quitting porn has so much to do with our belief that it can be done. Knowing that it can be done is by far the most compelling reason to finding the solution. So religion has certainly been a good thing. It has kept you alive and kicking. You are still fighting the good fight. Be certain that God would not ask you to do something if he did not prepare a way for you to accomplish and succeed.

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