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On top of these cultural ambiguities, addiction language in Christian community is also shaped by sin language.
A year ago I heard Ed Welch give a talk at a conference in Philadelphia entitled, “Addiction, Temptation, & Voluntary Slavery.” He spoke about how so often the “Big Book” used by AA members seems so much more alive to them than the words of the Bible. One reason is the Big Book uses “addiction” language. The recovering alcoholic needs to understand the language of the Bible.
Pornography, especially Internet pornography, keeps us coming back for more because it promises a veritably endless source of sexual novelty. Because it’s not about the climax; it’s about the search, the options, and each one is a novel sexual escapade.
Each new picture or video clip promises a new sensation. This desire for novelty is also the reason why we move from less graphic to more graphic pornography over time: the downward spiral is fed by a desire for novelty.
Christian counselor Ed Welch explains: “In popular use, addiction has become a very elastic and ambiguous category that contains everything from the frivolous (added to the six o’clock news) to the grave (addicted to alcohol).
In a real sense, those who embrace Christian values can find pornography all the more appealing merely because it is demonstrably forbidden by their commitment to God.
We are wired to love novelty—it is an essential part of our development.
Others would measure addictive use by how much it disturbs their lives: has it cost them money or significant relationships?
For the most part, surveys are not standardized around specific definitions or descriptions.