• What Does the Bible Say?

    What Does the Bible Say?

    The Bible is not silent or shy about sex. It talks about sex in a very positive way. Sure, the Word of God warns us against sexual behavior that is bad for us. It forbids fornication and adultery; sex outside of the covenant of marriage. And although it is hotly debated these days it also forbids homosexual behavior. It clearly condemns incest, and bestiality. So no, the Bible is not silent. It is not shy. There is even a whole book dedicated to the intricate and intimate details of lovemaking including elaborate foreplay, manual and oral stimulation, and the ecstasy of intercourse and orgasm. The Song of Solomon is a sensual celebration of the feast of marital sexuality.

    You may have read that

    1. the Bible says nothing about masturbation, but
    2. Biblical principles suggest that it is sin.

    Both of these statements are false. There is one verse that talks directly about wanking, and in no way is it called sin. It merely says that if an Old Testament Jewish man had sex with his wife, or if he masturbated, he was ceremonially unclean until evening and needed to have a bath and clean anything onto which he ejaculated. Let’s look at it in several translations.

    Leviticus 15:16-18

    Now if a man has a seminal emission, he shall bathe all his body in water and be unclean until evening. As for any garment or any leather on which there is seminal emission, it shall be washed with water and be unclean until evening. If a man lies with a woman so that there is a seminal emission, they shall both bathe in water and be unclean until evening. (NASB)

    Leviticus on Masturbation.

    And if the flow of seed [isn’t that a marvellous way of describing the moment of orgasm, “the flow of seed”] go out from a man, then he shall bathe all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the even. And every garment, and every skin, whereon is the flow of seed, shall be washed with water, and be unclean until the even. The woman also with whom a man shall lie carnally, they shall both bathe themselves in water, and be unclean until the even. (Jewish Publication Society Tanakh)

    Leviticus on Masturbation.

    Whenever a man has an emission of semen, he must bathe his entire body in water, and he will remain ceremonially unclean until the next evening. Any clothing or leather with semen on it must be washed in water, and it will remain unclean until evening. After a man and a woman have sexual intercourse, they must each bathe in water, and they will remain unclean until the next evening. (NLT)

    Leviticus on Masturbation.

    If any man has an emission of semen, then he shall wash all his body in water, and be unclean until evening. And any garment and any leather on which there is semen, it shall be washed with water, and be unclean until evening. Also, when a woman lies with a man, and there is an emission of semen, they shall bathe in water, and be unclean until evening. (NKJV)

    Note two things. First, the same instructions were given for both solo and spousal sex. If spousal sex is good, and blessed by God, so is solo. Second, no offering for sin was required. This means masturbation is no more a sin than marital lovemaking. This was true in Old Testament times. It is equally true today.

    The Word of God has Spoken

    Seriously, would it not be silly to presume that as complete a book as the Bible would be totally silent about such an important topic as jerking off? I mean we all do it! And if it was a sin, is it not also an insult to God to think He would leave us confused, wondering and struggling to figure it all out? It is like some Christian leaders are saying “For our own good the Bible condemns fornication, and adultery, and incest, and homosexual sex, but since God forgot to mention the one thing all men and many women do, let me tell you what God meant to say.” How ridiculous. And how presumptuous! God has said all He meant to say about masturbation. He just never called it sin.


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