Is masturbation a sin?

I mean of course it feels good, but should we be doing it?

Can we all just go about doing it if we want?

Or should we all be trying to resist because its a sin?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Masturbation is a sin of the flesh. Of course lusting is involved either before, during or after masturbation (which is also a sin). Just because a lot of people do it or say it's okay doesn't mean it is. What's popular isn't always right and what's right isn't always what's popular. And just because it isn't specifically addressed in the Bible doesn't mean it's not a sin. People will try and find any excuse or loophole or twist anything they can just so that they can feel better about themselves or what they're doing. If you're doing anything that causes you to feel guilty or like you have to ask if it's wrong, it most likely is bad. Guilt is not a nice thing to live with and can lead to other depression or unpleaseant things and to stop feeling dirty, guilty, etc. stop the activity.

    http://www.soc.ucsb.edu/sexinfo/question/is-mastur...

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Masturbation has been considered rude to do (or even talk about) in public in almost every civilization known to man.

    The main problem is that such a strong emphasis has been put against it as a public taboo that it has gotten a reputation for being wrong or a sin to do at all (which it is not).

    One of the few biblical references to masturbation has been used to scare children for millennia (into doing it in private).

    Genesis 38:9 (38:1 thru 38:30 if you want the whole incest tale) tells the story of god killing a man because he refused to get his brother's widow pregnant.

    There are however several real dangers in masturbations (not wrong, but be cautious).

    Though some people believe being too lustful by itself is bad there is no direct link between that and "sin" or wrong. Unlike the uptight Christians, many cultures including the Jews celebrate sex when it is done between a husband and wife (even if it is for fun and not for procreation).

    Targeting your lust on a real person can be a problem.

    It can be de-humanizing to think of them as an object. This can also lead to an un-healthy or unrealistic obsession. Finally, it could, eventually, lead to an inability to have a relationship with a real man/woman.

    If they belong to someone else (husband/wife BF/GF, what ever) that can be even worse. Coveting is wanting the exact thing someone else has. You cannot have someone else's relationship! The best you can do is have one AS GOOD AS someone else's. (Even if you dated that same person, you will never have the exact same relationship they had with that other person).

    Source(s): Non-Abrahamic Theist
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There is nothing sinful about masturbation. It is a pleasant way to relieve sexual tension. Every man does it, even married men. It doesn't harm you or anyone else. Don't feel guilty about the sexual fantasies with which you accompany masturbation either. They also hurt no one. None of this is sinful.

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  • Simon
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    We should define first, what is a sin and the point of reference to do so.The religious point of view is not valid, since it is based on fantasies. If we use the word "sin" as metaphor for something some how unhealthy for human life, I think that study has not been made with respect to mastubation. 99.99 of the "moral" ideas that people have today about sex come frome not valid religious falacies.

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  • Dawn
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    There was a time in our early history when people thought that masturbation and the spilling of "seed" was the equivalent to murder. They believed the "seed" contained miniature human beings. So, yes it was a sin.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Its not a sin. Its not even mentioned in the Bible.

    The "sin of Onan" wasn't masturbation, but "coitus interruptus". In the Book of Genesis, after the death of his older brother Er, Onan's father Judah asked him to have sex with Er's widow, Tamar, to procreate a son who could be raised as Er's heir. Onan had sex with Tamar but perfomed coitus interruptus, spilling his semen on the ground to avoid impregnating her. Onan's refusal to impregnate his brother's widow angered G-d, who killed him.

    The simple fact is that your body has a very real, physiological need for sexual relief on a periodic basis. If you don't obtain that relief by masturbating, you'll be that much more likely to seek it by having premarital sex, which many people consider to be a major sin, and which could potentially lead to unwanted pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease.

    If you're worried about "sin", it would be far, far better to masturbate than to let your need for sexual relief lead to premarital sex.

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  • Megs
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    No. I don't believe in the concept of "sin," but I do believe it can be a bad thing when done in excess. Masturbation, in moderation, however, is both healthy and sinless, as far as I'm concerned (and even the Bible, I've heard).

    Also, Aaron B is correct. Though they are obviously unaware of its possible sexual implications, very young children will masturbate as well. It feels good! It isn't until later down the road, when hormones start showing up, that it is thought of as a sexual act.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Masturbation is absolutely a sin.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I remember a Catholic Cardinal was asked that question once. His reply was. " First of all, you have to get a firm grip on yourself!" This of course brought peals of laughter.

    The Lord is kind and merciful. He came to redeem sinners.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    It's a mortal sin, or a very serious sin that is fatal to heaven and needed to be confessed. If you want a list of sins, go check the source below.

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