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I'm a 16 year old male and a Christian. I belive that masturbation without lust, or fantasizing about people, or any of that is not sinful. However, when you bring in lust, and thinking about other people it becomes sinful. But is it sinful to masturbate to characters that don't exist? For example, things like werewolves?

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Hi

You have not said why you believe "masturbation without lust, or fantasizing about people, or any of that is not sinful", nor why "when you bring in lust, and thinking about other people it becomes sinful". If you consider the reasoning behind your belief, you should find the answer. So what biblical basis is there for your beliefs quoted?

You will find that if you "masturbate to characters that don't exist" then your mind is going through a similar process to when you masturbate to characters that do exist. Think about what is going through your mind when you masturbate to "werewolves". In fact, a werewolf (lycanthrope) is a mythological human with the ability to change into a wolf or wolf-like creature, So it would appear that you are masturbating to a male and a beast (which has homosexual and bestial connotations)

So ...

  1. Why do you "believe that masturbation without lust, or fantasizing about people, or any of that is not sinful"?
  2. Why do you believe that "when you bring in lust, and thinking about other people it becomes sinful"?
  3. What pictures and activities are in your mind when you "masturbate to characters that don't exist"?
  4. To what other non-existant characters do you masturbate?
  5. What do you envisage these characters doing, and what do you envisage you are doing with them?

I hope this helps as a start. But if you respond to the questions raised, I will try and help further.

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In the context of fantasizing and considering is masturbation a sin, it is also interesting to think about what "lust" means. 

There is a school of thought that sexual arousal does not amount to lust. This goes back to passages about not coveting what belongs to your neighbor. What does coveting really mean, though? If you like your neighbor's car and you're thinking of getting the same or even asking to buy it from him, nobody would consider that a sin. You can say it's the same with thinking people are attractive. It becomes coveting when you are considering taking, or are taking, something that does not belong to you. Thinking about the car is fine, stealing it is not. 

Does that make sense?

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