Pornographic addiction and struggle of faith


#1

Hello,

I keep falling for the temptation of looking at pornography and masturbation, and I can’t seem to break free. I fended it off for two weeks this time, and I actually thought it would be over, but yesterday and today I fell into it again.

I need prayer and advice. I pray to be freed frequently, I have an accountability partner… I try to do what I can. I dont want this anymore, I want to live according to the Christian faith!

Also I struggle very hard with what faith to follow. Both the Catholic and the Orthodox churches claim to be the original church. I am afraid of choosing the wrong thing, and it seems that no matter how long you have studied, there are people in both camps. For the present I am evangelical - though with moderations.

It is a real dilemma, because neither intuition nor intellect are flawless and those are the tools I have to decide what to believe. I want to be close to God, and I want to be in the Church that he started. It seems that the decision will be more or less random, and I dont like that! I could use a revelation, but those are not flawless either (of course as far as they are genuine and from God, they are).

Please pray for these two things.

  • CB

#2

I’m praying for your addiction and your struggle of which faith to choose.

Might I suggest that everytime you feel the need for porn…just go to your computer and look on this website. Read the prayer request and start praying for others. That in itself will become addictive and good your you at the same time.

If you let me decide then you would be “Christian” lol.

I’m Catholic and just became such at Easter. I don’t know much about the other faiths.

God lead me to my new faith and I know that he can lead you to the right one too. I will continue to pray that you make the right decision.


#3

You have my prayers :gopray:


#4

I will be praying for your addiction as well.

As for the true church, the one Jesus formed, all you have to do is to read the Bible my friend. The Catholic church was started by Jesus using Peter as the foundation.

Your faith will lead you.


#5

Praying…

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.


#6

I’m praying for you!:gopray:


#7

May The Holy Spirit guide, guard and protect you…
http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/16/16_14_5.gif JMJ


#8

Praying for you…


#9

Prayer is still needed.

I have been “clean” for a longer period of time, since i started consecrating myself to the Immaculate heart of Our Lady every morning. However, I have for no reason at all discontinued that habit, and have also been neglecting other spiritual things in my life, such as prayer and holy reading. I have as a result fallen back into the same old temptations. And I hate it. I hate being a slave of myself and my desires… :frowning:

Please pray that I may return safely an build up good habits again, an put the sinful ones behind me, by the help of God. Pray that he will interfere quickly.

  • CB

#10

J†M†J
Stop watching TV, except for ewtn… Plus pray the rosary every day… That did it for me.

Praying for your intentions:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

God Bless
In Jesus through Mary
Steve


#11

Praying for you.

God Bless.


#12

101, as to your sin, examine the “triggers” that lead you into it. Those are known as “near occasions of sin” in Catholicism. Remove them and avoid them whenever you can. Each episode has a trigger, and by removing them, you are removing yourself a safer distance from it. The source of the triggers is, of course, the evil one. He strongly desires your soul in his kingdom of evil. God, desires your soul even more strongly, and so will provide the graces you need.

Read the Act of Contrition and say it each morning before your feet touch the floor. I establishes the offensive nature of sin before God, sets your determination to avoid sin, and will bring graces to help you avoid such sin. Know that you are participating in human degradation when you have anything to do with pornography - such addictions help to keep the women and men you see in slavery to sin. You would never like to see your loved ones in such activities, so why you?

From all of the posts here, this is a very common problem and there are support groups available.

Merciful and loving God of purity, You love mankind so profoundly that You allow nothing unholy to enter Your Kingdom. As you purify the elect in purgatory, grant an extreme mercy to allow purification of Contrabass101 during his life on earth, that he may find reconciliation with You. Strengthen him in his struggle, and gently remind him of those times, places and things which he knows will lead him astray. May Heavenly graces flow, freeing him from the chains of sin, as You freed Saint Peter from his chains in prison. Once Contrabass101 lives in the light of Christ, and rejects the dark lies of the evil one, may there be celebration in Heaven over the repentance of this precious soul. We ask this through Christ, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God for ever and ever. Amen, Alleluia!


#13

Praying

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.


#14

Hello,

  I sent you a PM.  I hope you find it helpful.  I'll pray for you.

Tracy


#15

May The Lord grant you strength and may Our Lady intercede powerfully for you…I will keep you in prayer and that you will find Faith and the knowledge of Truth…


#16

Well said! Praying for you Contrabass101.
:signofcross:
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
Now and at the hour of our death.
Amen


#17

Contrabass101, one of the best Catholic apologists, Patrick Madrid, suggests the following scriptures for help against temptation:

Psalm 139:1-4
Matthew 18:7-9
James 1:12-15
Romans 6:23
Romans 7:13-25
Luke 22:38-45
Luke 4:1-13
1 Corinthians 10:13
Philippians 4:13
Genesis 3:1-24
Psalm 121
Matthew 4:1-11
Luke 8:4-15
Hebrews 2:18

Christ’s peace be with you my brother.


#18

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
Now and at the hour of our death.
Amen


#19

Praying for you :gopray2:


#20

CB:

I’m praying for you.

Prayerfully,

Renato


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