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. Find her at Mama Unabridged or on Twitter.
Religious views on masturbation
Masturbation - Two Views
The Dionysius Dialogues by Peter Saunders are both interesting and well written with numerous biblical verses to support the views expressed. I am concerned, however, that their very readability and confident reference to Scripture may make students and others believe that every view represents unquestionable truth. With reference to the July contribution, in particular, I personally agree whole-heartedly with the views expressed that God teaches there is to be no sex except in the context of a lifelong, monogamous relationship between a man and a woman! I believe, however, that on the issue of masturbation, especially as it affects young, unmarried Christian men, that to call it sin, in the same category and sentence as homosexual acts and premarital sex, is to go 'beyond' Scripture. Hereby an unnecessary and, let us be honest, unmanageable burden is placed on young men. To fail to call something sin that is sin is serious. To label something sin that is not, or even might not be, can be just as dangerous.
What Could Possibly Be Wrong with Christian Masturbation?
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This post is part of a weekly Her. Masturbation doesn't fit within typical modern ethical concerns. It's not unsafe or cruel; in moderation it does not interfere with academic or economic performance, and it doesn't make your children more likely to flunk high school or get pregnant out of wedlock. There are no peer-reviewed studies linking it to obesity or reduced charitable giving, and it is virtually the only thing on earth that doesn't give you cancer. Conventional wisdom tells us it's a healthy form of stress relief.