Collins Dictionary defines masturbation as: Manual erotic stimulation of the genitals or other erotic regions, often to orgasm, either by oneself or a partner.
From UK based The INDEPENDENT I found this post, titled:
The health benefits of masturbation
Once a deeply shameful taboo in society, stigma around masturbation is lessening, with scientists claiming it comes with a number of key health benefits
- It can prevent depression
- It can reduce risk of cervical cancer
- It’s good for your self-esteem
- It helps you sleep
- It eases menstrual cramps
- It reduces risk of prostate cancer
- It’s STD free
- Ditto unwanted pregnancies
Another post from boldsky by Abhishek comes with the title: 11 HARMFUL EFFECTS OF MASTURBATION.
Masturbating too much leads to hormonal changes in the body. The effects of hormonal changes depends on the extent to which one indulges in over masturbation.
- The Energy Element
This isn’t exactly among the harmful effects of masturbation but can be classified as a prominent effect owing to its palpability. If you’ve realized, masturbation uses up a lot of your energy.
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Neurological Concerns
- Premature Ejaculation
- Affects Sex Life
- Makes You Feel Drowsy
- Hair Loss
- Memory Loss
- Loss of Interest In Sex
When the negative effect far outweighs the positive, I believe a wise person knows what to do.
An influential Pastor, Dr. Chris Oyakhilome, founder of CHRIST EMBASSY, once taught his congregation that there is nothing wrong with masturbation. Was Oyakhilome’s teaching correct or misleading? Let us consult the holy writ, God’s own protocol, to unearth the truth.
Jesus taught in the Book of Matthew 5:28 “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” The word ‘whosoever’ is pas (pas) in the Greek, meaning: ‘individually, each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything.’ This pas is an adjective qualifying the individual who doth ‘looketh.’ ‘Looketh’ is blepō (blep’-o): ‘to look at (literally or figuratively).‘ ‘Woman’ [is probably from the base of ginomai (ghin’-om-ahee): ‘to become, i.e. to come into existence.’] It is called gunē (goo-nay) meaning: ‘a woman; specifically a wife’. The person who is committing the sinful act of lustful looking has no marital status, according to our Lord’s exposition. Sexual relationship, before God, must eventuate in a marriage. The woman in this scripture is a female who has, as a result of conjugality, become a wife, licensed to engage in coition. No marriage, (as far as God is concerned) no sex.
The Bible makes it clear in the Book of Colossians 3:5, where it is written: “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:” ‘Mortify’ is nekroō (nek-ro’-o) in the Greek, and it means: ‘to deaden, that is, (figuratively) to subdue.’ ‘Members’ melos (mel’-os) is ‘a member, limb: a member of the human body.’
The word ‘fornication’ is porneia (por-ni’-ah) ‘harlotry (including adultery and incest); illicit sexual intercourse; figuratively idolatry:’ this porneia originally comes from porneuō (porn-yoo’-o) means: ‘to act the harlot, that is, (literally) indulge unlawful lust (of either sex), or (figuratively) practise idolatry.’ No doubt this word is the origin of pornography.
‘Uncleanness’ is akatharsia (ak-ath-ar-see’-ah) ‘the impurity of lustful, luxurious, profligate living of impure motives (physically or morally).’ ‘Inordinate affection’ is pathos (path’-os) ‘depraved passion, vile passions, suffering (“pathos”), that is, (subjectively) a passion (especially concupiscence).’ Sexual lust is what pathos is all about.
While ‘evil,’ kakos (kak-os’) is: ‘acting base, wrong, wicked, troublesome, injurious, pernicious, destructive & baneful;’ ‘concupiscence’ epithumia (ep-ee-thoo-mee’-ah) means: ‘desire, craving, longing, desire for what is forbidden, lust.’ Pleonexia (pleh-on-ex-ee’-ah) is the Greek for covetousness, meaning: ‘1. Avarice 2. (by implication) fraudulency, extortion.’ All of these vices are termed idolatry. Anyone who disobeys God is on the Devil’s side, working assiduously for him and a worshipper of Satan. Idolatry essentially makes one Satan’s wife in his worship.
Don’t burn yourself illicitly
Every child of God is expected to deaden, subdue his satanically influenced affections. Joseph looked at his master’s wife. He was able to subdue the lustful sermon that Satan offered him. Masturbation, an act of uncleanness, hence, a sexual lust, evil and idolatry.
(…to be concluded…)
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