Does the Bible talk about masturbation? Is it a sin? Where can we find Scriptures to know if masturbation is right or wrong? While Christians debate the topic of masturbation, there is no passage in Scripture that directly mentions the act.
Christians & Masturbation: Seven Perspectives
Among the world's religions, views on masturbation vary widely. Some religions view it as a spiritually detrimental practice, some see it as not spiritually detrimental and others take a situational view. Among these latter religions, some view masturbation as allowable if used as a means towards sexual self-control , or as part of healthy self-exploration, but disallow it if it is done with wrong motives or as an addiction. Masturbation was now valued as an adult, non-pathological, pleasurable activity. Due to this cultural change across the spectrum, even theological reassessments of masturbation as a positive sexual practice were possible — though, admittedly, rare. A Psychology Today article stated that the more religious people are, the more likely they are to restrict their sexual fantasies, have fewer sex partners, use less pornography and express stronger disapproval of the use of sex toys.
Is Masturbation a Sin in Christianity?
Sin is often the result of lust or wrong selfish desire. This fact forms the primary basis of answering this question. Jesus tells us in Matthew Matthew But I say to you, That whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.
I wanted to get a diversity of perspectives in response to this question, so I contacted several folks whose opinion on matters related to sexuality I respect, and asked them this question:. I hope you learn as much from them as I did! Abigail Rine teaches literature and gender studies at George Fox University.