Question: Is Masturbation a Sin?
The question is masturbation a sin is one question that has engendered many controversies across several quarters. Many have claimed it is not a sin since the bible hasn’t categorically stated it as being one. While many others claim it is a sin because of the irritability.
However, before anyone can claim masturbation is a sin, we must dare to look into what leads or causes it. We must understand that it doesn’t just start overnight it must be a product of a practice that has lasted over time, which now forms a habit. A close examination of these habits would give us a clue as to how to answer the question of whether or not it’s a sin.
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As earlier mentioned, masturbation is a product of a habit formed from a continual practice. What then could be this practice? Lustful thoughts, inappropriate sexual urge, pornography, etc. could lead to masturbation if left unchecked.
What then does the bible says about it, though many make reference to the Old Testament verse about Onan spilling his seed in Genesis 38:9-10.
And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother. And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also.Philippians 4:8. KJV
Many interpretations have claimed this scriptural verse to be talking about masturbation, but in contrast, it is only condemning the rebellious act of Onan. He was to produce an heir for his deceased brother so that his name does not perish according to the Jewish tradition. But Onan decided to rebel and spilled his seed on the ground instead of using it to fulfill his traditional obligation. His act was condemned and God slew him. That in any way does not say anything about masturbation.
Though the scripture does not directly say anything as to whether or not this act is a sin, it is evident that the things that lead to it are. Being Christians and children of God, we know that whatever that does not give glory to God is a sin. And whatever that is not of faith is a sin. Lustful thoughts, pornography, the inappropriate sexual urge will no doubt lead to that which does not glorify God. As long as the practices that lead to this act are sinful, you don’t expect it to produce righteousness.
To deal with this issue, therefore, the things that instigate it must need to be warned against. It’s a common scriptural saying that when you strike the shepherd the sheep will scatter. Once this thoughts and habits are dealt with masturbation will be nothing to reckon with. So you must endeavor to focus your mind and thinking on the things that glorify God according to the admonition of the Apostle Paul.
Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on this things. Philippians 4:8. KJV.