Originally Posted by Equation Impulse
Thanks for the explanation, guys. I have another question, though: masturbation would not be considered murder, because it prevents life, but does not take it away, correct? However, it is still a sin.
Its not murder but it definently is a sin.
Q: Where does it state in the Bible that masturbation is a sin?
A: While the Bible doesn’t directly state masturbation is a sin you can find verses throughout the Bible stating that what occurs during masturbation is wrong. Why is it a sin? Because it defiles the body. The simple pleasure you feel is robbing the true purpose of the feeling. God designed it for pleasure between a Man and his Wife. What does masturbation involve? It involves, passion (biblical passion is described as sensual desire, animal in nature, purely earthly), fantasy (not grounded or rooted in reality), and lust (what you desire to have because you saw or can picture w/your mind's eye).
27 "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery.'
28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
8 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts
6 Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.
7 And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play”
8 Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell;
9 nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents;
10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.
11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality;
4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,
5 not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God;
-Edit thanks Mastermind. I've been praying for myself as well, lol.