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Question Posted Saturday September 17 2005, 4:49 am

I am a Christian and so is my family the "Bible" aays it is bad to mastabate but i have a hard time not to what should i do

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poa answered Saturday September 17 2005, 11:01 am:
Catholic church views it as destroying human life, to just masturbate. They view it as basically every ejaculation should be an attempt to create another human life.

Ironically enough, there are intense amounts of sperm which don't fertilize ~ and those die too. Even in sexual intercourse.

So, are you killing that many people because of a flaw in design?

Catholic church better start trying to remedy that.

Masturbation can sometimes be a good thing, it is a far better alternative to random casual sex and is a safe way to vent sexual frustration.

And if you are a male (which i've been rambling on, assuming that you are) then you can soon learn the benefit of doing so before certain other things to make events go by much easier.

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DangerWench answered Saturday September 17 2005, 5:38 am:
To the best of my knowledge, this is the scripture that many people point to in order to say that masturbation is a sin:

(Genesis 38:8 - 10) "And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother. And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled [it] on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother. And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also."

See, Onan's brother was dead, but Onan was supposed to marry his brother's widow and make her pregnant and the resulting baby would be raised as his brother's baby, not his. Some people translate these passages as saying that instead of making her pregnant, he masturbated, then got killed for it because he "spilled [it] on the ground" (his seed).

If you read it, it's pretty obvious that's not what happened because it first says "he went in unto his brother's wife". So basically, he had sex with his brother's wife, then pulled out at the last second in an effort not to make her pregnant. He didn't want to "donate" his seed to his dead brother, but he still went ahead and had sex with his brother's wife, you see?

That's the way, I read it, anyway.

If, however, you are a Catholic, there may be some other reason why the Catholic Church thinks it's a sin. If they have a different reason, it might be from one of the exclusively Catholic doctrines.

The Catholic Church believes that the Bible is not the only authority. Their teachings include such documentation as Catechisms, and Papal Encyclicals (defined as "authoritative teaching instruments from the Vicar of Christ" (the Pope)) which have been written and added to throughout the years of the history of the Catholic Church.

Because of this, the Catholic Church has many teachings, beliefs, and traditions which are different from a Christian who believes the Holy Bible is the exclusive authority of Christianity.

Their belief that masturbation is a sin may come from one of these other authorities, rather than the Biblical scripture I quoted.

For more information about the differences between Catholicism and *exclusively* Bible-Based Christianity, see the following link:

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