I must have written something confusing in my other thread. I will put it more simple. Maybe the other thread should be deleted because it seems that it can be misunderstood.
I accidentally came across something that looked like porn on Facebook (reading the comment of somebody’s friend and, for a completely other reason, visiting that person’s facebook site).
I wanted to see whether the offensive-seeming (at first glance, without looking too closely, for my own soul’s safety) pictures were public (of course they were, I now relaize, otherwise I could not have seen them). So I clicked at the upper right corner of the picture and was presented with the option to state that i didn’t like this picture or that I felt it should not be on facebook. Of course it should not be on Facebook, so I chose that option. The next question Facebook asked me was: why? One option was “this is pornography”. Which I felt it was. But in order to actually STATE it was (and maybe cause the perosn to get reported), I had to be sure. So I had to look at the pictures more closely in order to be able to choose that option.
Which I then did, realizing they are indeed porn.
So I chose that option, that it is pronography. Since, instead of having it reported, I was then also presented with the option to write a message to the person, I chose that option. I wrote them and asked them politely to remove the pictures, also stating that I would feel obliged to report them if they didn’t. Indeed the person then agreed to remove the pictures… at least those ones I had seen (still wondering if they will remove the ones further down as well). Also I had a bit of a “chat” with the person, about faith etc, telling him/her that I would pray for them. It wa snot all that abd of a conversation.
So the effect was positive, at least hopefully so.
Actually I feel I did something good.
The question remains, did I sin by looking at the pornography, if I looked at it with the purpose of making sure it WAS pron before reporting respectively writing the person about it?
Or is this covered by double effect, hopefully? because I really felt I HAD TO, it would have been morally wrong not to say anything.
Hope now it is clearer.