Christian Author Admits that Bible Does Not Condemn Masturbation But Buries This Truth Under 500 Pages of Commentary
I was just about to get off this blog for the day when I saw this linked to in my Twitter feed by a Christian Twitter account:
(Link): Is Masturbation A Sin? by Jack Wellman
I don’t really intend for this post to be about that topic in and of itself, to argue that point either way.
From what I can tell, the Bible is silent on the topic, and I don’t see masturbation as being a sin. I’m not here in this post to try to prove that point, it’s just a given.
Funny enough, that is pretty much Wellman’s position too, that the Bible does not condemn masturbation, but it seems he gets there reluctantly.
He buries the truth that the Bible does not condemn masturbation under like 567,845 feet of commentary, going on and about about things like how Jesus said that to look upon a woman in lust is just as bad to God as is actually committing adultery, and so on and so forth.
I don’t dispute much of what this Wellman guy is saying in his post.
Yes, it’s true that the Bible says that God can or does judge a person’s thought lives and motives and not only actions. I totally get that.
I’ve read the entire Bible too. Yes indeedy, God does consider motive and thoughts. I don’t dispute that.
But the fact remains that the Bible does not forbid masturbation or even really mention it.
The only time it’s brought up – or anything close to it is mentioned – is when some Old Testament guy, as the Bible put it, dumped “his seed” on the ground, but God was ticked at that guy not over masturbating (or early withdrawal), but because the guy did not fulfill his Old Testament duty to get his dead brother’s wife pregnant, or something like that.
But the Bible doesn’t address the un-married man or woman who does the nasty solo.
It just doesn’t bring it up.
This was in one of the last paragraphs of Wellman’s editorial:
- “…though the Bible doesn’t expressly say that masturbation is sin,…”
You can pretty much disregard 97% of the rest of his long winded verbiage around that partial statement.
That was all he had to do, make a blog post stating, “The Bible does not expressly say that masturbation is a sin.”
And chalk up anything else to a Romans Chapter 14 deal. From Romans Chapter 14:
- 4 Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
- 5 One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind.
- 6 He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.…