Why Masturbation May Be a Sin
Sex for ProcreationGod created sex for the purpose of procreation; therefore, masturbation goes against God’s intent for procreation and contradicts the sanctity of marriage. According to the Bible, sex is intended to be pure and holy, an act shared between a husband and wife. Since masturbating is an act of self-stimulation for sexual pleasure, the idea of gifting oneself to their spouse is lost. So it would seem that masturbation goes against God’s idea for sexual design. Many Christians believe that sex is intended only between a married couple and masturbation is not acceptable.
A Question of PurityThe Bible states that Christians should be pure in thoughts and deeds, so does masturbation go against that ideal of purity? The argument is that the idea of wanting to be sexually pure and holy should deter Christians from the act of masturbation. Christians are taught to honor God with their bodies being free from sexual immorality and sin and thus to sin sexually is to sin against their own bodies and against God.
LustMany Christians believe that the true sin at the heart of this matter is lust. It is stated in the bible that Jesus commands us to deny desires of the flesh and that even to look at a woman with lustful intentions is to commit sin. Therefore, the belief is that feelings of lust associated with masturbation make the act sinful. Going along with that theory, the use of pornography and sexual fantasy during the act of masturbation is not holy or pure and can therefore be sinful.
Why Masturbation May Not Be a Sin
The act of masturbation is not specifically mentioned in the Bible. Some Christians believe that if masturbation is not condemned in the Bible than it is not regarded as a sin. There are many passages in the Bible that speak of sexual acts in great detail, some of which are perverse and thus deemed sinful.
Onan did have sex with his brother’s wife, but decided that he did not want to bear a child that was not his own and pulled out of her, spilling his semen onto the ground. What Onan did is known as coitus interruptus, not masturbation. Onan sinned because he did not fulfill his obligation to his brother, not because he masturbated.
Masturbation Rather Than Fornication
So does that mean that the act of masturbation is preferable over the act of fornication? Simply put, yes it is, because fornication is deemed sinful within scripture. This is because the flesh masters the person who commits the act of fornication.
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If you can become the master of your behaviors, then sin cannot master you. In other words, if you feel that masturbation is not a sin, it’s not one unless it is controlling you.So the argument in favor of masturbation is that since it was not worthy of being mentioned in the Bible’s scriptures, then it cannot be a sin.
So it seems that there really is no concrete answer to the question. Is masturbation a sin or isn’t it? I suppose that depends on whom you’re asking. Some people believe that since it is not in the Bible and it does not hurt others, then it is not a sin.
Others believe that some scriptures make a good argument against masturbation and it is important to look past the masturbation and into the intent of the act and whether it hinders your relationship with God, in which case masturbation could be considered a sin.