RE:Is masturbation sin?

Science tells us masturbation is healthy and pro active for better health. Religion tells us it is a sin. Many of those churches are in the news worldwide for un healthy behavior. I dont understand why folks dont put science first.

That's easy: because science often disagrees with the Bible, no matter how hard some try to fit one into the other.

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OK my 2 cents. The seed of Onan and the original declaration of the Catholic church have nothing to do really with the idea that masturbation is wrong. The issue of these two and why God allowed men to marry multiple women deals with population increase. How many good Catholics have been told that having less than 5 children is not honoring to God. If a mans only outlet for release is a woman then the population of that social group will increase. Both for the Jews and Catholics it was to build their armies thus increasing their power.

So now lets talk about the non-Catholic Christians. Mat 5:28 "But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." So guys lets be honest most of you are not thinking of goldfish when you masturbate. I tried to teach my boys to think about praising God for their future wife. Unfortunately my one son said that his future wife looked like Kate Beckinsale. I agree with Chuck Swindoll, it is not "the look admiring God's creation, but the plotting to enjoy it" that is the sin. Yes that was paraphrased from something I remember hearing a long time ago.

So the "belly of a whore" thing actually comes from the analysis of what Tamar did when Onan would not get her pregnant. She posed as a prostitute and got pregnant by Judah(her father in law). And Tamar's child was a forefather to Mary the mother of Jesus. So the interesting thing is Judah(a widower) was not punished for having non-marital sex with a prostitute and an incestuous bastard is a forefather of Jesus. That is not a statement that it is OK to go out and cheat on your spouse, it is just saying that God sometimes uses what he has got.

So is masturbation a sin?
1 Corinthians 7:5 It is, if you forsake your spouse in favor of masturbation only.
Genesis 1:28 Or to never look for a spouse because you would rather masturbate.

So when my wife and I cannot enjoy each other, we will do some masturbation sexting. Yeah even at our age cause you can teach old dogs new tricks. Especially when there are some awesome treats.

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Thanks, Olly and luvs_the_outdoors. I was trying to recall the story of Onan. I would agree with previous posters that it is up to each person to decide for themselves. Personally, I do not see it as a sin, and if it is then it is the equivalent of a parking ticket (in most cases ). In the Catholic church , it would be a 1 Our Father and 3 HAil Mary's offense. Yes, there are times when it could be wrong, like doing it in public in front of others who do not care to watch. However, I do not see it as wrong for couples to do it for or to each other. Nor do I see it wrong for singles doing it, even if just for release.
As for the prostate cancer argument, it's actually ejaculation that helps prevent the cancer. As Jay Leno quipped about a study claiming masturbation can prevent prostate cancer "if that were true, there wouldn't be any prostate cancer" , lol
Anyhow, have a Happy Easter all!

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You really shouldn't feel bad about being at church with other people who it sounds as if you feel are all beacons of virtue but I understand why you feel that way. If you don't know the book I suggest you read The Screwtape Letters by C S Lewis. Apart from being an excellent read, it's very thought-provoking and puts stuff we do which we may not be proud of in context.

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If it is a sin, then uam going to Hell, because I masturbate 3 to 4 times a day.If it feels good, do it!

Without declaring myself on masturbation (which I'm not going to do here), I will say that the old "If it feels good, do it!" adage is one of those things that sounds nice and pat, and tends to end (i.e. dismiss) any further consideration or thought--and proves/solves nothing. (BTW, "Freedom of Choice" is another one.)
Consider something else that can "feel good," at least while you're carrying it out: revenge. It sure can make you feel good, at least for the moment. But it can be a destructive and terrible thing. And many would argue that it's immoral--even a sin. Even if it feels good!
If there was never some attraction--even momentary attraction--to sin, we'd never sin. We might not even have a concept of sin.

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RE:Is masturbation sin?

In the Gospel of Jesus, He says it would be better that a man put his seed into the stomach of a whore than to spill it on the ground. It does not say that it is a sin. I have not had sex with a woman for 22 yrs. because of my injuries, therefore I have had no choice but to masturbate. I believe everyone has to have an outlet of some kind. I also have prostate problem since I was 12yrs old. My doctors have always told me it would best to masturbate than to have an infection, therefore I do even to this day.

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Not sinful at all to me even though I grew up in private religious school for 12 years. It is very natural just as nudism is and should be.

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Why would it be? Why would your God give us sexual pleasure if it was so sinful? I enjoy having sex with my wife as well.

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As many denominations teach that masturbation is a sin I don't think that it is. There is no place in the bible that states that it is a sin. But it is a sin if you put Masturbation above God, but that goes with everything; drinking, smoking, tv, etc.

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As many denominations teach that masturbation is a sin I don't think that it is. There is no place in the bible that states that it is a sin. But it is a sin if you put Masturbation above God, but that goes with everything; drinking, smoking, tv, etc.

Also if you put it above your wife/husband.

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