Is It OK for Christians to Masturbate?

Is It OK for Christians to Masturbate?

Masturbation is the sexual stimulation of one’s own genitals for sexual arousal or other sexual pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm. This is the definition of masturbation from Wiki. It is considered malicious when you speak of the word in public but many are wondering what the Bible has to say for this kind of sexual activity. Do you perform this kind of act? Do you think it is ok for Christians to masturbate since they are not performing this with somebody else but himself?

I’ve been asked this question by a lot of people and I can’t seem to give them a clear answer. Maybe this article will somehow explain the morality of masturbation, if it is indeed moral to perform. I consider this as a complicated issue since it does not lend to a clear black and white answer.

*What makes masturbation wrong?  Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.”  But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband.  The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.  The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife.  Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 1 Corinthians 7:1-5

Concerning the life of married people, they are not allowed to have sex with other people aside from their spouse. And since it is their duty to perform sexual activities with their spouse, I believe that it is important for them to refrain from masturbating. This could be form of an insult on their husband or wife because it could mean that they have not fulfilled their duties to their spouse in terms of sexual pleasure.

*What is the difference between men and women in terms of masturbation? But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. James 1: 14-15

There is actually no difference between men and women performing masturbation because the act is still the same, the only difference probably is the guilt feeling between men and women. Ladies are guiltier performing this compared to men. I’ve met women who feel more shame about masturbation than they do about having an adulterous affair. It’s like desperation and having no choice.

*What are you thinking when you masturbate? But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman [or man] with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5:28

Sexual fantasies are totally wrong. Even if masturbation is not immoral, the sexual fantasies that go with it is. You cannot masturbate without thinking of something sensual or looking at some malicious view right? This is where immorality sets in.


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