I certainly meet many Christians laden with guilt as a result of a masturbation problem.
One person I know wrote in large letters on the bedroom wall, "Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit".
Flash forward a couple decades, and it's difficult to find a TV show without at least one cohabiting couple, who are sharing living quarters for reasons that are far from fiscal.
And on the commercial breaks during these shows, sex is used to sell everything from organic shampoo to health club memberships. When we posed this question to you single readers, sexual temptation ranked third (with 15 percent of the vote), behind loneliness (32 percent) and trying to be content in my current life stage (24 percent).
Sometimes this feels as routine as other daily activities, like brushing my teeth or eating.
There is a constant battle between the fleshly part of us that wants our own way and the spiritual part of us that longs to please God (see ).
Simply put, God created sex to be pleasurable, that's why our bodies desire it and all the sensations that come with it.
For many Christians it is a major problem that results in many spiritual battles.
The underlying problems are usually loneliness, lack of fulfilling relationships, lack of direction, interest and excitement in life.
A lack of self-acceptance and feelings of inadequacy can also lead someone to resort to a fantasy world of sexual relationships.
In other words, the new battleground for sexual temptation isn't the bedroom, but our brains.
I'm startled every now and then when watching or the latest blockbuster flick to find myself not at all fazed when a couple winds up in bed together on the first date, or when I find myself even rooting for the consummation of a long-awaited romance or the breakup of a marriage so a third party can enter the scene.