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Old September 24th, 2007, 10:05 PM  
Hauptmann Kauffman
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Default Religion And Masturbation

I have noticed many people say that their religion forbids masturbation. So, I am here to provide a guide for religious people, that provides ways to get around those verses, and enjoy yourself w/out feeling guilty.

Christians
Judith K. Balswick and Jack O. Balswick write in their book Authentic Human Sexuality: An Integrated Christian Approach:

Masturbation can be a healthy, enjoyable way for a person without a sexual partner to experience sexual gratification. Since God has created humans as sexual beings, masturbation provides a way for individuals to experience their sexuality and meet their sexual needs. (p. 246)

Jesus warns that lust leads to adultery, and adultery is sin. However, lusting is not the same as fantasizing ....

Fantasies about future possibilities are usually benign.... Desiring a specific person, and directing on ways to fulfill the desire, is a form of lust. Fantasy, on the other hand, is more general and does not include attempts at achieving that exact fantasy. (p. 247)

Intervarsity Press, 2000, ISBN 0-8308-1595-3.


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In Embodiment: An Approach to Sexuality and Christian Theology (Fortress, 1990, ISBN 0-8066-1701-2), James B. Nelson, building on the work of David Cole Gordon, writes:
In the midst of dualistic alienation, we seek unification, or more accurately, communion. Orgasm is a gift of God's grace toward this end. (p. 172)

Among life's unifying experiences, Gordon contends, orgasm is particularly powerful ... The physiological intensity typical in masturbatory orgasm frequently surpasses that of intercourse, and relational fantasies usually accompany the act in compensation for the absence of the partner. (p. 171)


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Lutheran theologians Herbert W. Chilstrom and Lowell O. Erdahl write in their Sexual Fulfillment: For Single and Married, Straight and Gay, Young and Old (Augsburg Fortress, 2001, ISBN 0-8066-4047-2):

... it's based on the assumption that we are created by God as sexual beings and the worst thing we can do is pretend this is not so. Repressed sexual feelings and desires will almost certainly come out in inappropriate ways.

We think there is a better way - self-pleasuring.... You need not feel guilt about it. If God has given you sexual desire, is it not reasonable to believe that God also gives ways to satisfy that desire?

We believe that the ability to imagine and fantasize is a gift from God and that our lives would be poorer without it.


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Archibald Hart, a psychologist-theologian at Fuller Theological Seminary observed, "I do not believe that masturbation itself is morally wrong, or ... sinful." (quoted in Singles Ask: Answers to Questions about Relationships and Sexuality by Howard Ivan Smith and Harold Ivan Smith, p. 151, Augsburg Fortress, 1998, ISBN 0-8066-3646-7)

MORMONS

Same as the Christian bible, in the Mormon Holy book, it is mentioned that masturbation brings about lustful thoughts, and therefore should be avoided. But If you only masturbate once a week, you should be able to do it w/out lustful thoughts, and maintain purity.

I hope this was slightly helpful to someone...
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