By John White
Anything occurred to love--eros, actual love--when mankind fell. the wonder used to be marred. the enjoyment used to be tinged with disappointment. Eros was once defiled. at the present time the result of the autumn are obvious in premartial intercourse, extramartial intercourse, masturbation, homosexuality, and numerous different types of twisted intercourse. John White speaks with realizing and compassion approximately every one of those sexual sins. He concludes with a telling bankruptcy of ways neighborhood church buildings should be groups for facing sexual sin in a context of affection and forgiveness
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Extra resources for Eros Defiled: The Christian and Sexual Sin
There is only one way to find out. Tell your lover. Face to face. " 62 THE FREEDOM THAT ENSLAVES You may need the prayer support of a neutral friend you can trust. You will have to be absolutely certain in your mind. Perhaps you feel you cannot face the pain of a possible breakup. Well you can. On the other hand you may face a joyous surprise when you find the one whose love you doubted, loves and respects you more than you thought. It could go either way. Therefore the decision (about breaking off sexual relations whatever the consequences) has to be made before you discuss it.
It is 35 EROS DEFILED not true that sexual urges, like steam pressure inside a boiler, will explode when the pressure reaches a certain point. You may object, however, and tell me that my theory is very fine but that your experience suggests the exact opposite. "At some points I just can't help it" you tell me. " Fine. I accept what you say. This is indeed how you feel. But your body is fooling you. " I know that in experience it is far from being so simple. Later I hope to give some guidelines which may help.
Why are statistics important? If you are bothered about your masturbation, you may find it reassuring to discover that you are in good company. I suspect most people's interest in sex statistics is of this kind. Should this be your worry, the accuracy of Kinsey's figures matters little. One thing is certain: Lots of people masturbate. " 2 The onset of mental illness is sometimes accompanied by an increased frequency of masturbation. It is not true that masturbation causes mental illness. Its increasing frequency seems to be a result rather than a cause of some forms of early schizophrenia.