Fri. Nov 15th, 2019

Infinity World Changer

Infinity World Changer

WHAT ARE THE PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF MASTURBATION ON THE HUMAN MIND AND THE BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ON MASTURBATION?

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By Kasanya Chavula

The transition of culture and habits has led to a more open society where sexual acts have become a norm and those that want to refrain from them are seen as none progressive. This tendency has a more maligned approach as it has segregated certain people while upholding the low standards as being those to look up to. It is no secret that cultures and societies have certain sexual practices that are seen as a cultural norm or taboo. These taboos are in some cases having caused long term psychological injury which has led to post traumatic stress disorder in certain people while in others have been the depraved standards that culture has embraced.

It has been noted that in certain cultures child marriages have become more prominent as traditional ceremonies tend to have the: “how to please your partner in bed” approach. In this article we shall not try to talk about the entire sexual act but we shall tag along the lines of the psychological effects of masturbation, what the effects are why people masturbate and how one can stop masturbating.

(https://www.practo.com/health-wiki/male-masturbation-side-effects-and-benefits/70/article#what) Masturbation is self-stimulating your genitals in a sexual way to the point of reaching an orgasm. It is a very common behaviour among men and women and is a very normal part of growing up for children of both sexes.

The question is why one should stimulate themselves to the point of reaching an orgasm.

In order for one to masturbate one has to first of all formulate a picture in the mind and imagine having the act of sex with someone with the opposite sex. Whether or not one is using their own hands or playing with a sexual object a picture has to be formed in the mind and this picture has to be made real so that the body can respond adequately to what is being feed. Even though this may be done as an innocent act is has a long term implication on the overall behavior of people and the human mind.

Premeditated acts of violence do not just occur at gun point, in court one has to prove the act was premeditated then the accuser is found guilty. In this case the person builds up from framing a picture in the mind to the real object that one can now feel the actual sensation. Experts in the field of  sexuality feel that masturbation is normal and there is nothing wrong with it but what they try to do is mask the actual effects of what masturbation does and how it is heavily related in some cases to pornography, rape and divorce.

Though the outline relationship between pornography and mental disorders has not been proven, one has to seek the expert opinion in the fields of behavioral science such as Sigmoid Freud (https://www.simplypsychology.org/Sigmund-Freud.html) “Freud believed that events in our childhood have a great influence on our adult lives, shaping our personality”. If this has to be seen as a baseline then, it is true that the behavior of a rapist is stimulated from certain events in the past that are hidden in the subconscious. This then gives rise to what certain experts in the field have spoken on the matter,

“Most children play with their genitals between the ages of two and six. To a grown-up person, the sight of children fondling their own genitals can feel disturbing because he/she looks at the act through adult filters. However, this act is a very normal part of growing up for every child, as it is a process of self-exploring their own bodies and discovering how each part of their body responds to touch, and how some parts are more pleasurable than others. To a child rubbing his/her genitals simply feels innocently pleasurable and is not “wrong” or “bad”. These “adult filters” are often introduced to the children by the adults, and often the child ends up feeling confused and worried.

This can be said of a child doing anything, they do it innocently and it is up to the adult to either encourage of discourage the child from doing what is perceived as being wrong. The fact that a child is playing with their genitals should not be seen as a normal act, they are more morally right ways of exploring the body.

In spite of this topic being one of the most asked questions around, and one would expect that Christian scholars would have a similar view point but this has not been the case. We have those that support that masturbation should be encouraged, (https://rachelheldevans.com/blog/christians-masturbation) “ Abigail Rine on her blog seven Christian and Masturbation Seven Perspectives states that “For those who plan to wait until marriage to have sex, masturbation can be a healthy way of dealing with natural sexual desire while single. The expectation that young men and women should go ten or fifteen years or more beyond puberty without expressing their sexuality in any way – and then suddenly “turn it on” when married – is, I believe, completely unrealistic and potentially harmful. How can we expect people to embrace the sexual dimension of embodiment in marriage while pushing the message that touching certain parts of one’s own body is inherently dirty and shameful?”

This however is total contract to what Matt Slick has to say on the topic (https://carm.org/is-masturbation-wrong) in his article he states that masturbation actually leads to impurity of the mind. First of all, sex was created by God for procreative purposes, physical enjoyment, and the demonstration of intimacy between a husband and a wife.  In this context, the sexual act is intended to occur in a healthy marriage relationship between husband and wife in purity and holiness.  In contrast to this, masturbation is the self-stimulation to the point of sexual release without the gifting of a spouse.  It would seem that masturbation is a denial of the sexual design of God for couples.  But, is it sinful?  Again, answering this question is difficult because the Bible does not pronounce it as sin.  Nevertheless, there is the principle of purity that is obviously true.  Does masturbation fall under the category of purity?

We can say this for sure.  If masturbation involves sexual fantasies and/or pornography, then it is certainly not pure and is very sinful.  The Bible clearly teaches that our minds are as important to God as our bodies are and that we are to remain pure in both.  Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; 28 but I say to you, that everyone who looks on a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart,” (Matt. 5:27-28).  Jesus is saying that thinking lustful thoughts is sinful.  Therefore, masturbation involving sexual fantasies (at least not of one’s spouse) is undoubtedly sinful.

Therefore how does one who is addicted to masturbation get cured? In the Christian faith it is imperative that one is open to the problem and start from there. Failure to be honest with oneself is only denial that a problem exists. The bible teaches that one confess their sins with one another. This is a helpful counseling process as you will be held accountable in a safe environment. Do not feel as though you will be judged but rather let out how you began masturbating, what led you to start and the effects it is having on your mental body.

(https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-stop-masturbating#1) they are also some helpful insights and steps on can take to overcome the problem of masturbation.

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