The M-Word: Masturbation: A Biblical Perspective

Masturbation A Biblical Perspective


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This one’s about masturbation. You’ve been warned.  Is there a more awkward subject in all Christendom? Controversial, sure–but mostly it’s just not fun to talk about. Of all the sex issues, it’s the squirmiest.

And if we’re talking about getting God’s perspective on it, there’s just not much to go on. In the past, people have tried to translate certain verses–including, notoriously, the sin of Onan in Genesis 38:6-9–to refer to masturbation, but it’s quite a stretch. There’s no rule to scribble on a post-it note and slap on the bathroom mirror. I dig deeper. I engage the Bible.

Jesus answers part of the question in Matthew 5:28. “I say anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” That’s not necessarily referring to the actual act, but you can see how it applies. Lusting is usually the driving force behind masturbating, and we know how God feels about lusting. If my brain is fooling around, it doesn’t matter what my hands are doing–it’s not right.

What about when I’m just mustering some white noise? Just to release some pressure? What then?

That’s when the things get a little grayer, and a hundred different Bible teachers will say a hundred different things. On the one hand, it’s hard to think of a more self-serving activity than masturbating–so that’s bad. On the other, it might just clear some of the sexual clutter from my head–so that’s good. Some people are convinced that it’s one more of Satan’s tricks. Some say it’s God gift to singles, to keep them pure. What’s a boy to do?

Not despair, first of all. “The LORD is like a father to his children,” David says in Psalm 103:13 and 14, “tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.” So, take heart! Your big worry–about whether God is sitting in heaven, shaking his head in frustration–is taken care of.

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And second of all, a little bit of Joe’s personal opinion: I don’t know much, but I know that there’s never harm in refusing what’s permitted in expectation of what’s good.

It ain’t exactly an answer, but it’s a start.

~by  Joe

Genesis 38:6-9

Matthew 5:28

Psalm 103:13-14

Source: / Backtothebible



This is an adaptation from (Daily Spiritual Growth- Just the way you need it) A Back to the Bible Ministry.


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  1. Hmm… I think man faces temptation in a variety of ways each day. People sin by overindulging in food, by looking in lust at members of the opposite sex, by taking the Lord’s name in vain… I think some of these battles are simply things people have to come to terms with on their own, maybe by praying about it? I think back to something a very wise Christian woman once told me. People get so caught up in what the bible says, she told me–but what really matters is having a personal relationship with God and not sweating all the small things.

    1. Hi Stephanie,
      Thanks for dropping by and for the thought provoking feedback on this issue,
      Yes, a closer or intimate relationship with God can overcome such situation,
      and its indeed a matter of personal issue and at the same time the Word of God
      very emphatically teaches us about its impacts, yes in the eyes of God its surely be a sin.
      Thanks again for your valuable visit and comment
      May His grace be with you always 🙂
      Keep informed
      Best Regards

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