There have been some attacks levied against me for claiming to be a Christian and also accepting as friends, people or organizations that offer pictures of themselves half-naked. I am a person who is willing to take an attacker head-on, so my answer is thus: I’d rather be like Jesus, hangin’ with the Sinners than the Saints.
But before you read this and get angry at me for calling us Sinners, read on…
The word “pornograhy” appears as early as 1840 in common literature, evolving from the French “pornographie” meaning “description of prostitutes,” and from the Greek “pornographos” which means “(one) writing of prostitutes.” It is also rooted in Latin from “porne” which means “prostitute” and is related to “pernanai” meaning to “to sell,” being associated with the “sex trades” and “graphein” meaning to “to write.”
Originally the word was used to describe classical art and writing. “Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure,” also known as “Fanny Hill,” is one such novel written by John Cleland in 1748. It’s is considered the first modern “erotic novel” in English, and has become a byword for the battle of censorship of erotica.
The more modern meaning is “salacious writing or pictures” and is a slight shift from the original etymology. An example of what was considered “salacious” at the time of their publications were D.H. Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” and “Riders of the Purple Sage,” written by western novelist Zane Grey. Both appeared in the first half of the 20th century.
As for the word “pornography” appearing in the bible; it is not there.
The word has never appeared in the Holy Bible however the word “harlot” has since been replaced by the word “prostitute.” That word was placed in the Bible by 18th century Theocratic editors in order to develop a society that would not tolerate the “sex trades.”
This created the existing idea that “pornography” is anything that has to do with nudity. It appears it has become acceptable to change the meaning a word for religions sake, leaving some to believe a words exist in the Bible that isn’t really there.
Another example of this is the word, “Sacrilegious.” It is not in the Holy Bible either but many Preachers use it and refer to it Biblically.
Do nude or partially photographs of the human body, like swim suit calendars or Playboy which offers no sexual intercourse in its pages at all, qualify as “pornography” or is it art?
You must answer this question for yourself.