(02/01/2015) Masturbation and Religion?

Posted: February 1, 2015 in Appetite, Confession, Duty of Believers, Fornication, Holy Communion, Religion, Repentance, Sex, Sin, The Flesh
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Appetite, pornography, repentance, and human sexuality are in view, today.  In the same way we count it wisdom that we do not eat or drink everything we can put into our mouths, it is wisdom not to surrender our minds and bodies to every human feeling and impulse.  Masturbation is not simply a “bad habit” or physical act—it is a framework of exchange and interaction within relationship.  Thus, those who selfishly use their partner in marriage are practicing masturbation.  Where masturbation can not be separated from selfishness, it is a subtle (barely visible; unseen) influence whereby marriages may result in divorce.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “usrnameunav” (a member since January 07, 2009; Level 1 with 123 points) posted the following:


Masturbation and religon.?

Ok, so today I went to confession and confessed my sins, particularly masturbation and watching pornographic material. I usually confess every few weeks and for the same things, sexual sins. Well, I confessed today because I wanted to receive the host tomorrow at church. Well after being out all day, when I got home and was relaxing in bed, I unconsciously started looking at naked girls pictures on my phone and began to touch myself. Then the thought of confession came into my head and I immediately stopped, I realized what I was doing. I unconsciously was masturbating, but immediately stopped when I realized what I was doing. So my question is, since I committed the act unconsciously, did I commit sin, and am I still able to receive the host tomorrow at church or do I need to confess again before I receive it?


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.  Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.  Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee.  Let thy fountain be blessed:  and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.  Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.  And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?  For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.  His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.  He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.  (Proverbs 5:  15-23, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Sermons About Good Sex? (08/25/2014); About Good Sermons? (08/26/2014); Denying GOD by Eating Shrimp? (11/17/2013); The Dead in Christ? (11/18/2013); The Church as a Bride? (05/15/2013); How Do I Repent? (05/16/2013); A GOD of Love? (05/07/2013); Commanding the Storm? (05/08/2013); Pornography from the Bible? (11/26/2012); More Than Salvation (11/27/2012); Appetite (10/14/2010); Why Clothing? (10/15/2010)


“usrnameunav”, here are a few points to consider that must also be shared with those who acknowledge the death of Jesus upon the cross for the benefit of those who would receive Him:

(1.)   Those outside the church are not able to give the advice that comes from Christ by the Holy Spirit.  Such persons only give advice and counsel against the holy writings, against the things provided from GOD for new life as followers of Jesus, and against the imparted Spirit that now resides in you.

(2.)  You are one who is entered into Christ, and He into you through baptism (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak).  The things of your spirit are permanently changed, yet, the things of your flesh, or the material and social world remain the same.  Just as humans are born experiencing hunger and thirst, we also have sexual cravings until death.  Appetite can not be dismissed simply by using intellect, logic, mathematics and science.  Yet, we can use “common sense,” discernment, discipline and regimen to make those choices for when and how we respond to any urgings.

(3.)  Born again, all believers also must “grow up again” by applying their own awareness and self-will to meet the challenges of life upon the earth.  All will be tested, and endure “growing pains.”  Coming into maturity and perfection is a gradual process, and there are many points where a believer will “hunger” for intervention and the active presence of GOD.  Ones spiritual appetite is to be answered through fellowship with other believers, praise, prayer, study of the holy writings, and  unselfish service.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  You are not ignorant of the process shared by the church, and you need ask no questions from others regarding what your own personal faith and understanding demands from you.  Your act of “penance” to rejoin with Christ before the Father seems to require that you control your environment, and remove the things excite generate unwanted excitement.  For all (male and female), it is not because we don’t enjoy our sexuality; it is because we do that we must exercise care.  All porn pertains to the snare of prostitution, and quickly becomes addictive.  More than this, all sexual joining is not physical; and will always be emotional, psychological, and spiritual as well.  Thereby, the defilement and destruction that comes by fornication is being joined to unseen spirits.  Thus, the bottom line for believers has to be something like this:  I know what I want for my Self; what do I want for Christ.  I know what Christ wants for me; I know what He has already done for me.  I know what I can do for me; what shall I do to acknowledge Him.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of your faith.

Washington, DC


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