The Bible doesn’t explicitly mention masturbation or state whether or not masturbation is a sin; however, there are plenty of scriptures that indicate God wants us to stay away from sexual immorality. Consider these five Bible verses about masturbation.
Is Masturbation A Sin In The Bible
Bible Verses about Masturbation
The Bible does not directly address the issue of masturbation.. The Bible does, however, say a great deal about sin in general and what it is.
Sin is defined as anything that conflicts with God’s will for us: “Anyone who sins breaks God’s law” (1 John 3:4). Sin is also defined as anything that separates us from God—our Creator: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). When we commit sinful acts, we put ourselves at odds with both our Maker and His plan for our lives—and this causes pain and suffering both here on earth and throughout eternity in hellfire.
In this passage, Paul is writing to the church in Rome. In verse 24, he says that people have exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator. In verses 25-27 he elaborates on this by saying that they exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones and committed immoral acts such as uncleanness, sodomy, homosexuality and more. He goes on to say that “God gave them over” to these practices because of their refusal to obey him (Romans 1:24).
In the New Testament, Jesus explicitly condemned adultery and fornication. He repeated the commandment, “You shall not commit adultery” in Matthew 15:19 and Mark 7:20. In Matthew 5:27-28, he said that any man who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
However, there is no such prohibition against masturbation among these scriptures.
“`Wherefore, ye shall not eat of [the] most unclean [foods], neither shall ye touch them;
“`For they are truly unclean.“
This is the only verse in the Bible that mentions masturbation (or sexual pleasure), but it was not talking about masturbation at all when it said that you shouldn’t touch the “unclean” foods because they are “defiled.” Instead, this verse was talking about how to maintain purity and cleanliness by avoiding certain foods. It wasn’t referring to masturbation at all!
- It’s important to note that Paul is not talking about sexual sins. He is telling the Galatians to not follow after the “passions of your flesh.” The Bible never says that masturbation is a sin.
- The word “passions” means desires or cravings (1 Corinthians 14:24; Galatians 5:16). Christians are called to resist these desires and cravings when they come into conflict with God’s will for our lives (Ephesians 4:22-24). This includes any form of sex outside of marriage between husband and wife (Hebrews 13:4).
Here are some of the main things you should know about this passage:
- Mark 7:20-23 is about the body and its parts, functions, desires and activities. It’s not a statement on whether or not masturbation is acceptable behavior in God’s eyes.
- The passage uses an analogy to explain what it means to be unclean.
- To be unclean means that something within your body or mind is not working properly (e.g., someone with OCD might have an obsessive thought that they need to wash their hands repeatedly). The issue here isn’t really “cleanness” vs “uncleanness;” rather it’s whether or not something inside your body/mind is working right (or at all). And if it isn’t working right—if something inside you has become corrupted—you need to seek healing from someone who can help make those parts of yourself whole again!
“Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in him, who is the head of all principality and power. In whom you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands…and by putting off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life.”
- Sex is to be between a husband and wife, who love each other.
- Sex is for marriage only, because it’s God’s design for human relationships.
- The Bible says that sex is intended to be an expression of love between a man and woman who are married to each other, that it doesn’t matter whether they’re married or not—if they’re not married then they shouldn’t be having sex at all (1 Corinthians 6:9; 7:5). The reason why this commandment doesn’t apply outside of marriage is because there’s no commitment involved in having premarital sex with someone else. You can have sex without being committed to anyone else but yourself! If you do choose to engage in any kind of sexual activity with someone outside of marriage then there won’t necessarily be any commitments made towards them either—so why bother?
Yes, according to the Bible
Yes, according to the Bible. The Bible is very clear on this issue:
Romans 1:26-27 (New International Version)
“Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.”
1 Corinthians 6:18 (New International Version) “Flee from sexual immorality.”
2 Corinthians 12:21-22 (New International Version) “I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself except about my weaknesses.”
The Bible is very clear on how we should live our lives, and that includes what we do with our bodies. A Christian should not masturbate because it is a sin (Ephesians 5:3) and goes against God’s will for us to be pure in body as well as spirit (1 Corinthians 6:18). Christians are called to be set apart from the world around them. This means abstaining from sexual sins such as masturbation. Even if you feel like it’s harmless or justifiable, we must remember that God sees all things, including our thoughts and desires. As much as He loves us, He does not want us putting ourselves at risk of being tempted by temptation itself (1 Corinthians 10:13).