Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Something more my speed...

Here are some excerpts describing beliefs of those who oppose masturbation. While some may seem extreme...there has to be light to counter the dark.


"We are taught that our bodies are temples of God, and are to be clean so that the Holy Ghost may dwell within us. Masturbation is a sinful habit that robs one of the Spirit and creates guilt and emotional stress. It is not physically harmful unless practiced in the extreme. It is a habit that is totally self-centered, and secretive, and in no way expresses the proper use of the procreative power given to man to fulfill eternal purposes. It therefore separates a person from God and defeats the gospel plan."

"This self-gratifying activity will cause one to lose his self-respect, testimony becomes weak, and missionary work and other Church callings become burdensome, offerings."

"You can win this fight! The joy and strength you will feel when you do will give your whole life a radiant and spiritual glow of satisfaction and fulfillment."

The Apostle offers some practical suggestions for overcoming "the problem:" avoiding being alone; praying; exercising; yelling "stop" when tempted; reciting a passage of a Gospel or the Book of Mormon; singing a hymn; setting goals for intervals of abstinence; imagining yourself as strong and in control; "dress yourself for the night so securely that you cannot easily touch your vital parts," use aversion therapy [for example, if you are "tempted to masturbate, think of having to bathe in a tub of worms, and eat several of them as you do the act."]; reducing the consumption of fluids in the evening; reducing spices; "Wear pajamas that are difficult to open, yet loose and not binding." "In very severe cases it may be necessary to tie a hand to the bed frame."

Within your body you have the power of creation.
This is a very sacred power. The Lord has commanded that you use it only with one to whom you are legally and lawfully wedded. He has decreed serious penalties indeed for the misuse of it.
When this power begins to form, it might be likened to having a little factory in your body, one designed to produce the product that can generate life.
There is, however, something you should not do. Sometimes a young man... might fondle himself and open that release valve. This you shouldn't do, for if you do that, the little factory will speed up. You will then be tempted again and again to release it. You can quickly be subjected to a habit, one that is not worthy, one that will leave you feeling depressed and feeling guilty."


The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) condemns masturbation in Part 3: "Life in Christ;" Section 2: "The Ten Commandments;" Article 6: "The Sixth Commandment;" Topic: "Offenses against chastity."

2351: "Lust is disordered desire for or inordinate enjoyment of sexual pleasure. Sexual pleasure is morally disordered when sought for itself, isolated from its procreative and unitive purposes."
2352: "By masturbation is to be understood the deliberate stimulation of the genital organs in order to derive sexual pleasure. 'Both the Magisterium of the Church, in the course of a constant tradition, and the moral sense of the faithful have been in no doubt and have firmly maintained that masturbation is an intrinsically and gravely disordered action.' 'The deliberate use of the sexual faculty, for whatever reason, outside of marriage is essentially contrary to its purpose.' For here sexual pleasure is sought outside of 'the sexual relationship which is demanded by the moral order and in which the total meaning of mutual self-giving and human procreation in the context of true love is achieved'."

"To form an equitable judgment about the subjects' moral responsibility and to guide pastoral action, one must take into account the affective immaturity, force of acquired habit, conditions of anxiety or other psychological or social factors that lessen, if not even reduce to a minimum, moral culpability." 4

Catholic Answers makes a number of suggestions to its followers who wish to reduce or eliminate masturbation activity from their life:

Pray to God frequently, asking him for the grace "to be pure."
Attend Mass often.
Pray three Hail Mary's each day for purity of mind, body, and heart.
Frequent the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Read Scripture.
Pray the Rosary.
Make the Stations of the Cross.
Develop a devotion to Saint Joseph.
Confess their sin after every masturbation.
Eliminate pornography or erotic images, music with sexual overtones, etc from their home.
Reduce the amount of TV watching; increase exercise or some similar diversion.
Set an intermediate target -- say to not masturbate for a few days or a week, etc. After each success, increase the time interval.
"The prize of true love awaits those that are truly free, because they are the only ones capable of giving and receiving." 7

Conservative Protestants:

(The essay for this group was long and biased against the beliefs of this group...it also contained no direct quotes or summaries...so, here's a list of the headings)

Masturbation is a form of adultery:
Masturbation is sinful because of the sexual fantasies it generates:
Masturbation is a form of impurity and uncleanness:
Masturbation is addictive and a misuse of sexuality:
Masturbation is against natural law:
Masturbation is a violation of God's purpose for sex:
Masturbation leads to major negative consequences:
Masturbation is not part of God's plan
Masturbation can lead to infidelity and other sinful and criminal behavior:
Masturbation can lead to infidelity and other sinful and criminal behavior:

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