Filed Under WTF?: Masturbation is a Sexual Sin?

I stumbled across this article last night as I was prepping the blog. The excerpt is kinda long but bare with it. Personally, I think it’s the biggest crock of shit I’ve read in a minute and I can tell you first-hand from attending a Christian university, there’s a whole lot more sinning going on than masturbation. Real Talk.

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The phenomenon of onanism, or self-abuse, taken by many contemporary psychologists and even Churchmen, unfortunately, to be a natural appetency, is something which we have only reluctantly addressed in this column in the past (see Orthodox Tradition, Vol. IX, No. 1 [1992], pp. 30-31). It is a subject which demands not only careful study but tremendous pastoral discretion, especially with regard to adolescents. This is partly because the scientific rigor of medical and academic psychology has, in the last decade or so, largely been set aside for the inane pronouncements of pop psychology; such superficial ideas as co-dependence, bizarre therapies, and the supposedly more enlightened models and therapies of holistic and New Age philosophies have erased away much of the traditional study of human behavior.

The concerns of even so ostensibly liberated a figure as Sigmund Freud (at least with regard to his thoughts on human sexuality) about the negative psychic effects of self-abuse have been tossed aside as symptomatic of the superstitious and medieval attitudes of antiquated cranks. And as a result, even Orthodox Pastors have come to speak of this sexual anomaly, once more, as a natural proclivity. (In this respect, one modernist Priest in America was heard to say in a seminary class, several years ago, that we shouldnt make too much of the narrow-minded ideas of some of the Fathers about the innocent aspects of human sexual behavior.) In the name of correcting some of the admittedly curious theories about onanism that held forth in eighteenth-century medicine, psychologists, psychiatrists, and clergymen have too often abandoned all sobriety with regard to this abusive habit, succumbing at times to a do-what-feels-right philosophy that is opposed both to Christian teaching—Scripture and the Churchs Canons consider self-abuse a serious sin—and the more circumspect theories of normal sexual development that prevailed when psychology was still a science and when normal was a word understood by all.

With the ascendency of the trashy morals and questionable cultural values that have entered into American life from television situation comedies, assaulting even those of us who do not—and will not—watch them, the question of onanism is of little import to most Americans today. In a society which enjoys armpits and half-nude bodies paraded across its newspapers, magazines, and television sets, not to mention open advertisements everywhere for personal products that even a decade ago were sold on the back shelves of pharmacies, onanism has even become the subject of humor. Not only is it considered normal, rather than abnormal and psychically and spiritually harmful, but a recent issue of a magazine for teenagers, according to a recent CNN report, ranked it among one of the significant pastimes of American youth: a harmless preoccupation! What in my generation was either unknown to young people, or at least an issue not at all to be mentioned outside confession, is now the subject of casual conversation. Added to the degraded state of the psychological sciences and the abandonment of their pastoral responsibilities by the clergy, the prevailing amoral culture in America and in the West serves simply to reinforce the idea, and this especially among youth, that self-abuse is not, as the Church and more responsible counsellors teach, a retreat into sin and destructive fantasy. Consequently, even Christians come to believe that this sexual sin has no consequences for the soul and for the psyche.

Credit: TheOrthodoxInfo.com

If you want to read more bullshit, click here. Personally, if you want to get off at home, do it. If you’re feeling horny and need to rub one out, do it. I’m pretty sure when you go to the Pearly Gates above, God isn’t going to care if you had to get off once in a while. He won’t put you in the same category as a rapist or murderer, I do believe.

2 thoughts on “Filed Under WTF?: Masturbation is a Sexual Sin?

  1. IzaakMak says:

    You’re certainly right about it being a crock! Funny. I seem to recall something from the bible advocating “spilling it on the ground” as being preferable to adultery! I never got the impression from that that you’d still be going to hell for doing so.

    • veraroberts says:

      And this is the reason why Christians and other religious nuts have a problem with sex. They are so ingrained that it’s BAD, BAD, BAD that when it comes to actually doing it, they can’t.

      Viagra is making a killing off the religious right…

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