Jesus reiterates a similar point when he says, “There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defiles him” (Mark 7:15). Does this, therefore, mean that it doesn’t matter what we expose ourselves to? What we watch? With whom we spend our time? No, it means that even though external factors condition, deceive and enable us to fall into sin, we cannot blame those factors. It means that even though we may avoid temptations, we cannot avoid ourselves.
We don’t need protection from the internet: we need protection from ourselves. If you want to blame any technology for your moral failures, please, blame your mirror. You are your worst enemy. Unfortunately, you are also your greatest fan. From the first couple on earth to the teenagers in your living room, passing the blame is a trick that never gets old. “The woman made me do it.” “The serpent made me do it.” “My classmates made me do it.” “That violent video game made me do it.” There’s always someone else—something else to blame.
For Ted Bundy, it was his chronic addiction to pornography. Over a period of 20 years, Bundy blazed a dark trail of rape, mutilation and murder of more than 50 women. Of all the reasons for why he committed these crimes, his addiction to pornography was the most surprising.
Before his execution, Bundy had an interview with Focus on the Family’s Dr. James Dobson and said the following: “Once you become addicted to [pornography], and I look at this as a kind of addiction, you look for more potent, more explicit, more graphic kinds of material. Like an addiction, you keep craving something which is harder and gives you a greater sense of excitement, until you reach the point where the pornography only goes so far—that jumping off point where you begin to think maybe actually doing it will give you that which is just beyond reading about it and looking at it.”
Yet, even though most of his actions were an enactment of his fantasies, Bundy never once thought of himself as the victim of circumstances. Despite external influences, an abusive upbringing, and his anti-social personality, Bundy was 100 percent fully responsible for what he did. In his interview, Bundy continued, “Before we go any further, it is important to me that people believe what I’m saying. I’m not blaming pornography. I’m not saying it caused me to go out and do certain things. I take full responsibility for all the things that I’ve done. That’s not the question here. The issue is how this kind of literature contributed and helped mold and shape the kinds of violent behavior.”