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Gramps,

Why is it that Church Authorities do not place the same emphasis on viewing violence and brutality in media as that with pornography? We never hear of the dangers and evils that this causes our society. Violence and brutality are in direct opposition to what the Savior taught while here on Earth.

David

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David,

In many respects, you are completely right. Violence is not something we should allow in our lives if at all possible. For the most part, there is no place for violence and destruction in the lives of faithful followers of Christ. We certainly should not allow it a place in our hearts; especially when dealing with family members. However there are times when violence is justified, and even commanded by Heavenly Father. On the other hand, pornography serves absolutely no good purpose at any time.

At one time Joseph Smith was asked why he was so calm in the face of threats on his life. His response was instructive. To paraphrase, “There is no need to fear them. All they can do is kill the body, then their power is at an end.”

Violence is harmful, to be sure, but its effects only last for a brief time in this life. On the other hand, sexual sin, immorality, and pornographic influences have an immediate and lasting effect upon the soul, not only in this life, but in the next life as well. In this life it destroys our image of the opposite sex, reducing our appreciation for someone to merely the appearance, thus turning our focus to the superficial qualities of others rather than on their true worth found in their hearts and minds. In the next life it has the chance to prevent us from returning to Heavenly Father should we fail to repent of it completely.

Pornography also interferes directly with our communication with Heavenly Father. How focused can our prayers be with such images in our minds? How can we listen for answers in this condition? While the same could be said for violent emotions and thoughts, it is usually sufficient to calm down and let the anger pass before we approach Heavenly Father. On the other hand, the images and thoughts associated with pornography and sexual immorality can take a lifetime to remove from our minds.

While violence is very much in opposition to most of what Jesus taught, twice he rather violently cleansed the temple of inappropriate activities. Yet never once did he condone, much less engage in, immoral acts or images.

We need to be careful about what we allow in our homes, whatever the reason for objection might be.

 

Gramps

 

 

 

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