Is masturbation wrong? When I was a teenager, we talked about this at church, and I figured it was only wrong if you thought about someone else while doing the act, but I’ve come to realize that… Well, let’s first explore what sex symbolizes and what is meant for.
What is the Purpose of Sex (or Love Making)?
Well, love making is a symbol of the intimacy Christ’s Bride has with God (Songs of Solomon); it symbolizes the oneness we have with him through Jesus Christ, our mediator (1 Corinthians 6:17, Romans 12:5). And if you have a real relationship with Christ, you will produce fruit (John 15:8) (Matthew 7:20). So God created sex for intimacy, an expression of love, oneness, and for being fruitful on earth (Genesis 1:28).
A relationship with God can also be blissful at times. You can feel this during sex and with your mate in your day to day life. We reveal ourselves and confess our sins to God, and you also reveal yourself to your husband or wife when naked and with secrets and thoughts. He or she usually knows you better than anyone else. But God knows you better than anyone will ever know you.
But when you masturbate, you are feeding the desires of your flesh (Galatians 5:19) and are experiencing sexual pleasure that should be experienced with your husband or wife in a committed relationship. Masturbation may also dilute the sexual experience that you have with your wife or husband when you do get married. Of course, God can always fix and mend issues, but we should strive for perfection.
But some say otherwise.