"Every man who knocks on the door of a brothel is looking for God.”


#1

G.K Chesterton once said…

Can you please give me thoughts on what he meant?

Thanks


#2

My initial response (not terribly thought out) would simply be that, because

a) God is love, and

b) Men who consort with prostitutes have confused sex with love, and are usually looking for love rather than just sex (after all, a man who JUST wants to get his rocks off can masturbate - doesn’t need to dress up, go out or spend money like he would with a prostitute), then

These men are really deep down looking for God. :thumbsup:


#3

Thanks Lily…I heard this quote on CA Radio and found it very profound. The speaker mentioned that the “man” is seeking communion of some kind. I would call it seeking more of a connection (albeit not a very legit one). Not sure if he’s seeking love, but at the core, maybe he is seeking something to fill a void of sorts. It was also mentioned that indeed, there is a seeking for God deep down (very astute).


#4

I daresay all of the above.


#5

My initial thought is any man who knocks on the door of a brothel is looking for something else...and it sure isn't God!


#6

“Our hearts are restless Lord until they rest in thee” St. Augustine

St. Augustine said that in every man’s heart is this yearning for God, but we don’t always recognise it as such, we feel a yearning for happiness, fulfilment, peace, love, but in the world only find empty shadows of this real, perfect love that we find when we start looking for God. It’s like we’re chasing rainbows on the Earth if we look for these things in what the world has to offer, and especially if we try to satisfy these yearnings through sin. We just hit dead ends. However, when we search for God, then and only then do we get a taste of real perfect happiness, peace, fulfilment and love.

That’s St. Augustine’s tuppence-worth on what this means. :slight_smile:


#7

I think it means that anyone who knocks on the door of a brothel is lonely and willing to pay for companionship, which God offers for nothing.


#8

I think any man knocking on the door of a brothel is deep down looking for real, deep intimacy with someone. The same holds for any man looking at pornography or at women in the street. We want to know and be known by someone. If only we all could look for intimacy with God and Jesus. All brothels would close and the women would all have great husbands. :)


#9

Original Sin consisted, for one thing, in man looking for ultimate fulfillment /happiness outside of or apart from God. We’re now born into this same exile-this separation from God, still continuing on the journey Adam & Eve set us upon-looking for the love they forfeited when they chose to prefer themselves to God, as the Catechism puts it-but still looking for it in all the wrong places until we finally, like the prodigal, come to our senses and find out that the Father, alone, is the source of life and love and happiness. IOW, “God alone satisfies”. And this is the reason that the greatest commandment is to love God above all else. But meanwhile, without God, we’re driven by our innate desire for happiness to concupiscence- to trying to find satisfaction and fill the missing part-with whatever the created universe has to offer- in sex or drugs or money or food or possessions or fame.


#10

Call me a simpleton here but a man who visits a brothel is looking for no-strings commitment-free sexual release, right? He's not looking for a mother, God, friendship, or acceptance. He's looking for sexual gratification without a relationship so I have to disagree entirely that it's some deep thing. It's disordered lust, not some misplaced yearning for God...


#11

Thank you for posting this…
I am severely struggling with sexual sin & temptation… a priest in confession told me that I am searching for something and that I need to figure out what it is…
I sort of understand that I was a geeky loner for much of primary and secondary schools. It was only in my later high school years that I achieved a new identity as the party-fun-guy who also had tons of female friends & girlfriends.
This trend continued through college and thru 1st marriage and into divorce/single-life. I straightened up for a while but then have fallen into this again in my second marriage – and I hate myself.
I am not interested in sex with others per se I am looking for communion with…
I am slowly seeing that what I truly want is not what I search for on the personal ads on craigslist…


#12

MMH from experience I was looking for sex with a pretty girl; easy and selfish; instant gratification not consequences but if you have any feelings in you, you never leave satisfied because you know that was a real person and a human being and for them to be there in that situation even by choice mean’t something was wrong somewhere in their life.
Its a totally degrading business for both parties when in order to psychologically cope both parties end up having to dehumanise the other.

I have so much to make up for in my life :frowning:

I know what the path of giving into the sins of the flesh leads too; so for all you wonderfull young people out there who are starting the struggles with this part of your human experience ; i know you will fail but never give in keep getting up because when you start to give in ; in small ways you begin to give in in bigger ways and before you know it you will be in a place you could never have imagined; free to experience any sexual fantasy you like but getting absolutely no satisfaction out of it at all. :frowning:


#13

Great post, thirddec. Your honesty and openness with your struggle and past are inspiring. May God bless you, brother...

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MMH from experience I was looking for sex with a pretty girl; easy and selfish; instant gratification not consequences but if you have any feelings in you, you never leave satisfied because you know that was a real person and a human being and for them to be there in that situation even by choice mean't something was wrong somewhere in their life.
Its a totally degrading business for both parties when in order to psychologically cope both parties end up having to dehumanise the other.

I have so much to make up for in my life :(

I know what the path of giving into the sins of the flesh leads too; so for all you wonderfull young people out there who are starting the struggles with this part of your human experience ; i know you will fail but never give in keep getting up because when you start to give in ; in small ways you begin to give in in bigger ways and before you know it you will be in a place you could never have imagined; free to experience any sexual fantasy you like but getting absolutely no satisfaction out of it at all. :(

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#14

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