The modern strategy for dealing with addiction is to reduce addiction to a problem of chemistry and biology. In other words, addiction is a disease. The solution is to find the cure. One hears of new evidence almost daily that various addictions can be linked to genetics, chemical imbalances, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, and so forth. A few years back — I heard or read this from multiple sources, but cannot remember exactly which ones — I learned that viewing pornography releases chemicals in the brain that actually change the physical make-up of the brain much the same way that drug addiction does. Thus, even viewing pornography can be described as a physical addiction.
Addiction and the Conscience
Raised, as most of us were, in an age of spiritual skepticism, we find it difficult to believe in, or at least take seriously, the reality of things that we cannot see. This, as you can imagine, offers convenient cover for the spiritual beings that the Bible considers our greatest enemies – the demons.
Pastor Jared Melius is the pastor of Mt Zion Lutheran Church in Denver, Colorado. Getting articles from him is like juicing a banana.