Is anything spiritually or Scripturally wrong with masturbating?

Written by M. Larson

masturbationIs anything spiritually or scripturally wrong with masturbating?

Advice: First Timothy 5:22 says, “Keep yourself pure.”

Proverbs 23:7 says, “As he thinks in his heart, so is he.”

Second Corinthians 10:5 says, “Bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”

So I’ll answer your question with a question. What do you imagine or think?

Yours in Christ, Dr. Muriel

3 Responses to “Is anything spiritually or Scripturally wrong with masturbating?”

  • Aldo says:

    K, Paul addresses the issue in 1 Corinthians 7:9, “but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.”

  • Gerry says:

    Unfortunately your parent(s) failed to teach you not to masturbate. Just because something is hard to address does not mean that the subject should be ignored.
    Just because something feels good is not necessarily a good thing to do. You surely don’t have sex with someone you’re not married to, even though it may feel good! And – you’re not married to yourself!

  • K says:

    Seems like people are too afraid to tackle this question, but I believe it deserves an answer. I’m no expert so this is just my opinion, but I have studied the Bible for over 30 yrs. & I tackled this question in my own life many years ago when I first became a Christian & struggled a great deal with this issue, seeking an answer.
    Some points to consider, 1- biologically both men & women have what some call “wet dreams” which simply means the body releases stored up sexual energy all on its own, without any stimulus from us. We can have an orgasm in our sleep & will feel relieved, usually the feeling of relief is so intense it will awaken you, & thus you are aware of what just happened in your sleep. So if our bodies do this naturally on its own, why would it be wrong to assist this process of physical relief?
    2-Children masturbate at very young ages without any realization of what they are doing or knowledge of what sex is about. I know this is true because it happened to me in first grade as my teacher called my attention to my self fondling & embarrassed me in front of the class by telling me to stop & go wash my hands. I remember the incident mostly because I couldn’t figure out what I did wrong until years later.(by the way I am female.) So I know it is a natural thing for children to do without having been molested or otherwise influenced at that age, because I wasn’t.
    3- God gave us our physical bodies & the hormones that rage in our sexually maturing cells (think puberty) & the impulses that cry out for release. Why would he demand we ignore this when it’s next to impossible to do anyway; exactly why our bodies do it for us during sleep, if we don’t give any attention to our physical need while awake.
    4- masturbation & relieving the sexual drive in ourselves periodically, can help us not to fall into real sexual sin, by having sex outside of marriage, God’s designed protective arrangement for sex & child bearing. “Matt. 23:4 warns against those who lay up heavy burdens on others that they would not carry themselves” I think this applies to masturbation as well as celibacy & many other types of things. Yes many quote the verse in I Timothy 5:22 which says, “Keep yourself pure”. I believe this means, don’t sin in any way, not just sex, but,we still need to define, is masturbation sin? I don’t believe it is. Along with this thought we need to remember that the Bible also teaches “all things in moderation” & of course we must keep clean thoughts, not lustful or otherwise impure. But the simple act of masturbating does not have to include impure thoughts. I would liken it to urinating or other bodily functions of release. I hope that I have not been overly explicit here & this answer is worthy of print in a Christian forum, as that has been my intention. I apologize if I have been otherwise.

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