By Kelli Mahoney Question: What the Bible Says About...Masturbation Does the Bible talk about masturbation?

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Many Christians see masturbation as a form of lust, if your lust is causing you to masturbate.

Matthew – “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who has looked a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (NIV) Sex is not bad.

God created sex to be something beautiful, right, and pure. Yet most Christians believe that sex is to be enjoyed in marriage between a man and a woman.

Many Christians believe that sex between a married couple is the only acceptable sexual act, and masturbation takes away from it.

Yet some Christians do refer to specific scripture that describes healthy and unhealthy sexual behavior in order to determine whether or not masturbation is a sin.

Answer: One of the major sexual issues discussed throughout scripture is lust.

Jesus condemned lust in the heart as adultery in Matthew.

While most advertising, television shows, movies, magazines, and more promote lust, the New Testament describes it as a sin.

Genesis – “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” (NIV)Proverbs -19 – “Rejoice in the wife of your youth!