Matthew But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. KJV But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Is masterbation a sin? How do we deal with such thoughts?
Is masterbation a sin in the Bible (Matthew 5:28)?
Can you masturbate without lusting?
For those who feel no guilt or shame about the matter, the question sounds ridiculous. For those who are utterly opposed to all masturbation, regardless of the internal dynamics that drive it, the question sounds irrelevant. But for those whom lust is their primary concern when it comes to masturbation, the question is of immense importance. For this person, the act is merely performing a bodily function. As such, there is little emotion attached to the experience, and typically no sense of guilt or shame. In his book, Weiss asks what happens when a Type B masturbator grows up and becomes a pastor, Christian counselor, or Bible teacher. If he universalizes his own experience, this man is likely to think there is nothing wrong with masturbation at all.
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. The Bible specifically forbids adultery, fornication, homosexual sex, incest, bestiality and lust but does not mention masturbation or self-stimulation. Masturbation as part of sexual relations between married partners would not be classified as sin.
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