In previous part we got 2-0 score for those onaniers (seems legit lol). In this 2nd part we will discuss the contra sight about masturbation, thus we will have both covers understanding
1. Bible says “To Be Holy”
“Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.
I Petrus 1:16
for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
The word holy is driven from word Qadas (קָדַשׁ) which has meaning dedicated, set aside, prepared, become consecrated and clean, which in a primitive root to be clean ceremonially or morally. In torah has been regulated about how a “clean” life is?, how people could come before his present in His Holy Tample. We can read it in the book of Leviticus:
New Living Translation (©2007)
15:16 “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.
The word unclean in Hebrew words is(טָמֵא) “tame” which has meaning unclean, dirty, defiled, contaminated. In other word that this particular person is not worthy to come in the presence of God, therefore also in Torah a man who had his semen emission ought to sacrifice offering as his atonement.
Leviticus 15:15 and the priest shall offer them, one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. So the priest shall make atonement on his behalf before the LORD because of his discharge.
Please do remember that in torah for every sin will cause punishment such as adultery will be punished by stoning, but contrary with “emission of semen” case in the book of Leviticus. This kind of sin is not punished as adultery, unless that stated his condition is “ceremonially unclean”. Now if we read the whole passage of Leviticus 15 we found that every goods that been touched man discharge will be considered as unclean also. Indeed this perhaps related to hygiene issue, but again ceremonially is not worthy to come to Holy Tample and still called as sin.
2. Jesus talks about adultery in mind
Every time someone masturbates for sure it will be along with sexual fantasy. Jesus said in gospel that if someone sees a girl and having sexual fantasy with that girl, he already committed adultery in his mind. In the original Greek word is ἐπιθυμῆσαι (epithymēsai) which has meaning having desire, passion, wanting of something or someone but with a nasty purpose.
Every people’s sexual fantasy is varies in every age, gender, culture and its sexual orientation (next time we will discuss about sexual orientation). If we are brave to be honest this is very common for everybody no matter he is a priest, evangelist, teenagers, criminals, teacher, and old man. In a research in United States 2004 only 50 % people really do his/her sexual fantasy, some common sexual fantasies are: Oral sex, having sex in romantic place, being raped. Now the biggest question is are you one of the 50% who do it? You can answer it by yourself.
3. Paul said no to give our bodies parts as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin
Rome 6:13 GOD’S WORD Translation (1995):
I’m speaking in a human way because of the weakness of your corrupt nature. Clearly, you once offered all the parts of your body as slaves to sexual perversion and disobedience. This led you to live disobedient lives. Now, in the same way, offer all the parts of your body as slaves that do what God approves of. This leads you to live holy lives.
See the words “I’m speaking in a human way because of the weakness of your corrupt nature” what does it means? Paul fully understand that these kind of things are something natural from humans desired which if we cannot control it, it will lead it us to a bad conditions. Then Paul continued by saying “Clearly, you once offered all the parts of your body as slaves to sexual perversion and disobedience” Sexual perversion in the original text comes from word akatharsía which has meaning impurity or uncleanness, if we see the context of Roman society in Paul era, in that time is very common to including sexual activities in the Pagan Rituals such as Orgy, Pedophilia. For example Valentine’s Day in pra-Christian era is a day to celebrate Venus the Love Goddess, which involving sexual orgy in the rituals
Now the biggest question for us, is masturbation can be considered ad sexual perversion? As Paul said that we have corrupt nature, which means it might be natural but corruptive that lead us to disobedient lives to God.
Well now our score is 3-2.. But again we still cannot find a conclusion about masturbation whether it is sin and forbidden or not? Even if we read some health articles, actually masturbation is advisable as some health expertise states that masturbation has no bad sight effect to health, some believes that masturbation can be a stress relieve from depression and in 2004 according to research from The Cancer Council Australia even state that man that doing masturbation regularly could reduce the risk of getting a prostate cancer. But also in psychological perspective masturbation can be an instrument to control “lust” for example spouse that if his or her spouse is far away due to job, rather than “cheating” it still better to do masturbation, or rather than doing sex before marriage still better doing masturbation
Well no we are end up with 3-3 alias equal. But again because the question is; is this natural or not? In Part 3 or the last part we will having a bridge between fundamentalist and moderate perspective about masturbation Haha sorry now I still have to make you carious about how the end of this notes.