Masturbation is even more common than porn - and more taboo as well. Matt and Braden give a Biblical understanding of God's view of masturbation, as well as outlining the effects it has on marriage. Also, they dive into fascinating new research on whether or not masturbation is helpful or harmful in our lives.
Here is a brief summary of the episode.
The Bible doesn't say the word 'masturbation' outright, so some people believe that means it might be okay in God's eyes. However, that also leaves the door open for it to not be His will for us. Rather than the Bible being a book of do's and don'ts, it's more about revealing God's character. Every single thing God ever does, He does with those He's in intimate relationship with, whether it's His Son, Holy Spirit, or us, His children. He never does anything apart from those He's one with. This reveals His character and He wants us to follow suit. Masturbation is an act done outside of intimate relationships, so it doesn't ever fall within God's will for our lives. Whenever sexual activity is referred to positively in scripture, it's between a man and his wife in marriage. Masturbation is a solo sexual act. We know what God's will IS for marriage, so God would be wasting ink to get detailed on every act that is outside of His design.
Sex is a selfless act. Masturbation is a selfish act. Masturbating trains our brains and bodies to desire certain things that are all about us. When we get married and start having sex with our spouse, we can become disillusioned when faced with serving another person sexually when we're used to simply serving ourselves.
Masturbation limits our intimacy with God
The science proves it
Our brain has two 'pleasure centers.' One gets lit up with excitement and the other gets lit up when we feel satisfied. Sex with our spouse lights up both of these parts of our brains. Masturbation lights up the 'excitement' part of our brain, but it leaves the 'satisfaction' part of our brain longing for more. Masturbation leads to depression, prostate abnormalities, lower self-esteem, and loneliness, among other things. The semen make up of men's semen is different when we masturbate than it is when we have sex! God's will is not for us to masturbate, but He certainly wants us to have sex in marriage and He wants to be part of our lives in temptation
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