"There is nothing new under the sun..."
Not even erotica.
It's just a newer and more modern outlet for sin.
This weekend the movie based on the novel, titled 'Fifty Shades of Grey', will be releasing in theaters across the country. It is the story about a college graduate named Anastasia who is enraptured by a smart, rich, intimidating guy, Christian Grey. She signs two contracts - one is an agreement forbidding her to tell anyone of anything she and Christian do together, and the other is one that allows him to have a dominance/submissive relationship with her. No love is mentioned. No commitment is required.
Christian goes on to supply Ana with luscious and extravagant gifts (he's a billionaire 'boyfriend' so he can afford literally anything). She starts getting a little nervous about having a potential sexual relationship with Christian, though, that is not stemmed from a romance. So she avoids him. But, they get back together again (how surprising)...something else happens and Ana realizes that the two of them aren't compatible...so she leaves him...blah blah blah. (It's an ill-written story, to be honest.)
Surprised? I wasn't. Disappointed? Yup. We live in a messed up world so I'm rarely surprised by new horrors. But the more I hear of them, the more angry and frustrated I become that...well, that the world is just getting worse. You know what's worse than that though? Knowing that even some professing Christians are defending this trash. Erotica and torture porn are being disguised as a fairytale love story. And we're applauding it?
Not only are the women saying "yes" to it, but now the poor guys in the world are believing that this is what women want. They're watching women all around them embrace signing contracts instead of covenants, wanting to be used instead of loved, wanting to be sexually aroused through actions that women say 'no' to. Because apparently, "no" doesn't really mean "no" anymore.
To quote a fellow blogger, Lauren DeMoss, "We have now crossed a dangerous line in our society that cannot be erased. A dangerous line - and any woman in a society that freely accepts pedophilia, rape, and abuse as 'sexy' should be scared for themselves and scared for their children." There's nothing normal about it. There is nothing romantic and wooing about a
What happened to romance and pursuing and earning and winning? Not someone's body, but their heart, their soul. What is so sexy about a guy telling you he's attracted to you but doesn't want a romantic relationship because he just wants you for sexual pleasure?
I have not only heard from married women that they want to read/watch Fifty Shades of Grey to help in arousing flare to their marriages, but I've also heard girlfriends who are wanting to try to spice up their relationships with their boyfriends by...what exactly? You all already know my stance on saving oneself for marriage (and I stand solidly on what Scripture says about sexual purity), so what I'm curious to know is why a girl would want to 'spice' up her relationship if it'd only be a temptation that would surely lead to more? I'm looking at the professing believers here. What the heck are you thinking? You tell that boyfriend of yours to bring you a ring and set a date and I promise you things will spice up pretty quick. You won't need Christian Grey to help, or suggest, or advise anything. And why would you want to have images of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele having sex together floating through your head when you're alone with your man? (Not to mention they're both super unattractive actors...)
"But Raquel, I don't have a boyfriend," you may say.
Then what are you doing reading/watching - or even thinking about reading/watching - something that has been classified as erotic fiction? You think God is honored by that? You think He considers that 'okay'?
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery'. But I say to you that anyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart."
- Matthew 5:27-28
The same is true for a woman looking at - or reading about! - a man. Let's turn the tables here for a second. Would you have a problem with knowing your man looks at porn? Then how do you think he'll like the fact that you read and watch erotic books and films? And fantasize over a [super] fictional guy who he could never be like?
And seriously, married people? You want to read a book that tells you about arousal and sexual experience? Song of Solomon is literally the best.
What Fifty Shades of Grey teaches is all opposite of what God says is right. Where Fifty Shades endorses BDSM and sex fueled by pain and humiliation, God commands that sex be an act of love and selflessness. Where Fifty Shades endorses dissatisfaction because c'mon, you want your man to be filthy rich and buy you everything you could desire and have a room just for sex, God says that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil and coveting is a sin. Where Fifty Shades endorses women to pursue a
So you tell me. Why shouldn't you read or watch Fifty Shades of Grey?
Other articles on Fifty Shades of Grey:
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Fifty Shades of Grey - A real story of abuse
Will You See Mr. Grey? (2 Reasons You Might But Shouldn't)
Christian Women, Christian Grey
I'm not reading Fifty Shades of Grey
5 Things Fifty Shades of Grey Teaches About Sex
Sign the petition to boycott the Fifty Shades movie HERE.