4 days ago. Tue 14 Aug 2018 03:42:54 AM IDT
Is it ok too masturbate? Let’s see for ourselves.
Some religious scholars as well as others, point back to the book of Genesis and the brief history contained there concerning Onan and his seed. His action in Genesis chapter 38 (included below) is the root of why masturbation is considered to be wrong or at least inappropriate by many. The term for this is Onanism.
O'NANISM, noun [from Onan, in Scripture.] The crime of self-pollution.
Let’s break this definition down. What does self-pollution mean? The fourth definition of pollution below fits well, meaning emissions of semen except in our case it would be voluntary rather than involuntary.
POLLU'TION, noun [Latin pollutio.]
1. The act of polluting.
2. Defilement; uncleanness; impurity; the state of being polluted.
3. In the Jewish economy, legal or ceremonial uncleanness, which disqualified a person for sacred services or for common intercourse with the people, or rendered any thing unfit for sacred use.
4. In medicine, the involuntary emission of semen in sleep.
5. In a religious sense, guilt, the effect of sin; idolatry, etc.
In Onan’s day, to make sure the widow was properly cared for after the death of her husband. The husband’s eldest brother would marry the widow and provide her with a son(s) so that she might continue to prosper. In this case Onan shirked his responsibility to care for his brother’s wife by spilling his seed on the ground. This is the sin, not masturbation. That being the case, it’s my own opinion that couples should not engage in solitary masturbation as it reduces the spiritual, emotional and sensual drive required to maintain and further develop a healthy loving sexual relationship.
Gen 38:7 And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him.
8 And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.
9 And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his
10 And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also.