What is masturbation?

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An addiction is any thinking or behavior that is habitual, repetitious, and very difficult or impossible to control regardless of the consequences. Usually, the addiction brings short-term pleasure, but there are long-term consequences in terms of one’s health, relationships, psychological well-being, and spirituality which are usually ignored. If there is no harm to the individual or to others, technically, there is no addiction. In most cases, however, addictions are progressive conditions that slowly exert more and more control when habits are continually fed. read more misconceptions about masturbation

Masturbation is the self-stimulation of the genitals to achieve sexual arousal and pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm (sexual climax). It is commonly done by touching, stroking, or massaging the penis or clitoris until an orgasm is achieved. Some women/men also use stimulation of the vagina to masturbate or use “sex toys,” such as a vibrator and lubricants. Read about how to overcome masturbation

The Biblical Perspective

The Bible does not emphatically state that it is a sin. The passage most frequently associated with this act is the story of Onan in Genesis 38:9–10. Some interpret this passage to say that “spilling your seed” is a sin. Matthew 5:28, But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Before masturbation, the individual lustfully fantasies about a man/sex till he/she reaches orgasm. Also, read 1 Corinthians 10:31, Romans 14:23, 1 Corinthians 6:19–20, Galatians 5:22–23 for further biblical instructions to help us decide.

While there is clearly a connection between lustful thoughts and masturbation, it is unlikely that Jesus was alluding to the specific sin of masturbation in this passage.

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The Bible nowhere explicitly states that it is a sin, but we should consider our actions that usually lead to the act. Masturbation is nearly always the result of lustful thoughts, inappropriate sexual stimulation, or pornography. These causes are what needs to be dealt with.  If the sins of lust, immoral thoughts, and pornography are forsaken and overcome, it will become much less of an issue and temptation. Many people struggle with the guilt, when in reality, they ignore what causes or influences them to engage in this sexual immorality .

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However, the Bible gives us scriptures that guide us in making the right decisions. With these statements made, we realize that masturbation is a sin and should not be encouraged as a believer. An addicted individual should seek necessary counsel to overcome it.

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