Is masterbation a sin?

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Registered: 03-14-2012
Is masterbation a sin?
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Wed, 03-14-2012 - 2:49pm
This is a topic that I have struggled with for some time now. I am a Christian, attend church regularly and try to read by Bible daily. But occassionaly I like and enjoy masterbating. I know that the Bible says to "present your bodies a living sacrifice,holy,acceptable unto God" Romans 12:1 Any thoughts on this would be helpful.
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Registered: 02-15-2007
Wed, 03-14-2012 - 3:33pm

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Registered: 08-28-1998
Thu, 03-15-2012 - 8:09am
According to the Catholic catechism, it is sinful. Probably one of the most common sins committed. A lot of dogma has very little if any foundation in the Bible.

For example, opposition to birth control even condoms. This comes from "be fruitful and multiply." There is much more support for ethnic genocide than there is for birth control. God helps the "chosen people" slaughter group after group.

Getting back to masturbation. Read Leviticus 18. There is quite a list of sexual don'ts.... homosexuality, incest, bestiality. If the ancient Jews has a felt it to be an "abomination", they would have definitely said it there.
iVillage Member
Registered: 06-27-2007
Fri, 03-16-2012 - 1:40pm

However concubines and multiple wives are ok !

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Registered: 03-19-2009
Sun, 03-18-2012 - 2:27pm

Okay, here's the deal.

If you follow your own conscience in interpreting the Bible, it is not a sin.

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Registered: 10-29-1998
Thu, 03-22-2012 - 4:57am

I am catholic and my wife went to

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-11-2005
Sun, 03-25-2012 - 5:21pm

As a minister once told me, " If God wanted masturbation to be a sin, he/she would not have made it feel so wonderful."

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Registered: 08-23-2000
Wed, 04-04-2012 - 10:30am

Yet another good example of why I don't do religon - it is controlling condemning and opressive.

AND many of the people I know who claim to be all religous are real uptight prudes who never have any fun because EVERYTHING to them is a SIN!

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Registered: 01-12-2008
Fri, 04-06-2012 - 10:03pm

If it's a sin call me SINSATIONAL.

I'm not pretending to care if it is or isn't.