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jonjon11
Sep 29th 2008, 08:32 AM
Is masturbating bad or considered a sin? Is it just reserved for after marriage or is it bad altogether. In some forums people ask if it is ok to masturbate if your a christian and it makes me mad sometimes that they say it is ok. What is right and wrong here?

*Hope*
Sep 29th 2008, 01:53 PM
My thoughts on this issue are, God designed sex to bring pleasure to two married people. Not one. He created it to foster intimacy and build the bond between a husband and a wife. Sex wasn't designed for self-pleasure, it was meant to be shared. Thus, the only time that I think masturbation would be "okay" is between a husband and wife (or for instance when one is away for a long time, or disabled and ONLY if the thoughts are directed toward the spouse and not pornography). Sex is largely a mind issue. The key is controlling your thoughts and making sure you aren't defiling yourself or someone else (whether that is during actual sex or masturbation). One of the dangers I see in masturbation is that it rewards autonomy, rather than intimacy. It can become addicting and isolating because you gratify yourself and don't "need" anyone else. Autonomy, selfishness and lack of self-control is what destroys relationships.

Friend of Jesus
Sep 30th 2008, 01:39 PM
Masturbation is a sure way to destroy yourself, stay away from it at all costs! Masturbation always goes hand in hand with lust which Jesus specifically says is wrong (Matthew 5).

If anyone has a problem with masturbation and wants to stop, please don't hesitate to join the social group called 'the vigil', which is a group dedicated to helping people break free from sexual sin.

Revinius
Sep 30th 2008, 02:45 PM
Perhaps you should do a search on this topic. There must be dozens of threads on this specific thing if you just open up the search and have a look. For convenience sake i will quote my response to the most recent one that popped up:


Masturbation is not individually mentioned in the scriptures but - in greek, the term used for fornication (which is used ALOT) is pornea, this covers all sexual sin outside of marriage. Given masturbation is a sexual act and is for the purpose of 'self-gratification' (selfish) then i would say it is indicative of pornea and thus is fornication. This is compounded by the idol-type imagery that goes on in ones mind during the act, which is clearly lust and is condemned MANY times in the scriptures.

So, yeah. Masturbation is a sin.

Hope that helps. :hug:

Athanasius
Sep 30th 2008, 04:14 PM
For any purpose; masturbation outside of marriage is definitely a big no. As you aren't married, that's the answer. To quickly (and superficially) make the distinction. Masturbation itself isn't addressed in scripture, however, lust is... Where masturbation becomes a problem is because of how lust is involved, that is why it's wrong.

mikeynash
Sep 30th 2008, 04:16 PM
One could argue that if you were not lusting and were masturbating, is this still wrong? its a tough one!

Personally, I struggled for years. Now, I regret every stolen moment.... such a degrading activity.

Athanasius
Sep 30th 2008, 04:22 PM
One could argue that if you were not lusting and were masturbating, is this still wrong? its a tough one!

Personally, I struggled for years. Now, I regret every stolen moment.... such a degrading activity.

If you can masturbate without lusting then go see a doctor, you aren't normal.

jonjon11
Oct 1st 2008, 03:15 AM
hahaha, thanks guys and gals