Two of our writers, Jesse L. Eubanks and Josh Hatcher, address the issues of lust, sexual immorality and ultimately whether masturbation is sin. About the Authors Jesse L. Josh Hatcher is the father of three small children, and the husband of a hard-working stay-at-home-mom in rural Pennsylvania. Josh is a freelance writer, graphic designer, musician and youth leader. Dear Josh, Thank you for being willing to discuss a subject as taboo as masturbation.
Biblical scholarship[ edit ] The biblical story of Onan Gen. Rashkow states: "it is questionable whether masturbation is considered a category of 'negative' sexual activity in the Hebrew Bible" and that Lev "refer to the emission rather than its circumstances. Johnson's biblical view on masturbation: "treating a solitary sexual experience, whether wet dream or masturbation, as a purely ceremonial cleanliness issue and not as a matter of morality. Verses 16 and 17 say that a man who has an emission of semen should wash and be ceremonially unclean until evening.
This seems a little odd since it is such a strong and prevalent human event. And, given that Leviticus has so much to say about sexuality, one would think it natural that the subject would be covered. But it isn't. Masturbation is not specifically declared to be sinful.
Comment An unidentified individual looks at a computer screen with an image. We tend to talk about masturbation without actually talking about it, but if we're honest, most of us have masturbated at some point. Sometimes the reaction we get when we talk about it is the kind of reaction you would expect if you admitted kicking kittens in your spare time. There have been many ways we've talked about masturbation here at XXXchurch.