is masturbating a sin for a catholics?

is masturbating a sin??? I’ve always wondered..

oh and if your catholic and you had premarital sex and you confess this to the priest.. is it like a mortal sin??? or could you be banned frm church???

please I would like to know answers for both.. really curious..

Answer #1

Yes, masturbation is a sin. Not just for Catholics, but all Christians. You will have to confess this, premarital sex, and any other sins to the priest. And yes, they both are mortal sins. Don’t worry, you won’t get excommunicated (banned) from the Church- that only happens when your sins are very serious. Go to confession, the priest gives you advice about your problems, and don’t worry- he won’t tell anyone your sins. If he does, HE will be committing a mortal sin.

God bless!

Answer #2

its lust and lust is a sin

Answer #3


Masturbation and Lust

One of the major sexual issues discussed throughout scripture is lust. Jesus condemned lust in the heart as adultery in Matthew. While most advertising, television shows, movies, magazines, and more promote lust, the New Testament describes it as a sin. Many Christians see masturbation as a form of lust, if your lust is causing you to masturbate.

Matthew 5:28 – “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who has looked a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (NIV)

Masturbation and Sex

Sex is not bad. God created sex to be something beautiful, right, and pure. It is supposed to be pleasurable. Yet most Christians believe that sex is to be enjoyed in marriage between a man and a woman. Many Christians believe that sex between a married couple is the only acceptable sexual act, and masturbation takes away from it.

Genesis 2:24 – “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” (NIV)

Proverbs 5:18-19 – “Rejoice in the wife of your youth! A loving doe, a graceful deer – may her breasts satisfy you at all times, may you ever be captivated by her love.” (NIV)

1 Corinthians 7:3-5 - “The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” (NIV)

Masturbation and Self-Centeredness

Another argument against masturbation is that it is a self-centered activity rather than a God-centered activity. For some Christians, there is a belief that an orgasm actually brings a person closer to God. However, a majority of Christians believe that “pleasuring oneself” is about the self rather than God. Most Christians see their faith as having a God-focus, and that every act should be a way of edifying God. Thus, if masturbation is not helping to develop a relationship with God, it is a sin.

Psalm 119:35-37 – “Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward your statues and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.” (NIV)


Onan’s name is often used synonymously with masturbation. In the scripture, Onan was supposed to dutifully sleep with his late brother’s wife to produce an offspring for his brother. However, Onan decided that he did not want to produce an offspring that would not be his, so he ejaculated on the ground.

There is great debate surrounding this scripture as an argument against masturbation, because Onan did not actually masturbate. He did actually have sex with his brother’s wife. The act he committed is actually called “coitus interruptus.” Yet, Christians who use this scripture refer to the self-pollution of Onan as an argument against the act of masturbation.

Genesis 38:8-10 – “Then Judah said to Onan, ‘Lie with your brother’s wife and fulfill your duty to her as a brother-in-law to produce offspring for your brother.’ But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so whenever he lay with his brother’s wife he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from producing offspring for his brother. What he did was wicked in the Lord’s sight; so he put him to death also.” (NIV)

Be Your Own Master

Remember, you need to master your behavior, or else sin will master it for you. Even a good thing can become sinful without the right heart. Even if you don’t believe that masturbation is a sin, if it is controlling you then it is a sin.

1 Corinthians 6:12 – “Everything is permissible for me, but not everything is beneficial. ‘Everything is permissible for me’ – but I will not be mastered by anything.” (NIV)

Even though these scriptures are used as an argument against masturbation, they do not necessarily make masturbation as a sin very clear. Yet, it is important that a person look at the reasons for masturbation to see if the desire behind the act is actually a sin. Some Christians believe that, because masturbation does not hurt others, it is not a sin. However, other Christians ask a person to look deeper within to see if masturbation is building a relationship with God or taking away from it.

Answer #4

its a sin if your a guy…for destroy a building block for life… but its not a mortal sin

Answer #5

I do not believe masturbating is a sin… its actually healthy for you body…

Answer #6

I think you wouldn’t be banned from church. After all, if you ask for forgiveness it should be ok as long as you don’t keep doing it. That is what it is there for.

Answer #7

All animals were created with the need to reproduce. However, it seems only humans and some primates have a problem controlling these urges. I mean, not to put down the human race and all, but the “Don’t be like dogs on the street,” metaphor is kinda weak. Dogs don’t have sex unless the female is in heat. This is the same for most animals.

We are given the urge to reproduce because, well, humans being of higher intelligence, get bored, and tend to rationalize things. Great, for the most part, but if we didn’t have the instinct to do it and get some degree of satisfaction from it, frankly, we wouldn’t do it! But at the same time, because of our higher intelligence, we tend to want to do things over and over when we find out that they’re physically great. Some serial killers get sexually aroused by killing…

But, back on topic. Any religion is a discipline, and is all about discipline. Saving one’s self for marriage takes a lot of discipline, just like not punching someone who said something insulting or stupid, not fighting(one of the most prominent of our instincts), not taking what’s not ours, especially when there’s no way we’d be able to get it through legal means, ect.

Masturbation can be considered a sin because it’s idolatry. When someone masturbates intentionally, they are giving into the desires of the flesh. And really, no boy or girl is masturbating for no reason. The origins are never intellectual, they’re all sexual. A result of our natural sexual urges. And by giving in, we are moving one step closer to committing something worse. You don’t just go out and rob a bank one day(unless you’re extremely desperate). It starts out small. Taking a drink from the gas station. Then mugging someone. Robbing that gas station. Then robbing that bank…

You see this pattern in just about anything, good or bad. You slowly become desensitized to a prospect, and eventually, you find yourselves doing something that a year ago you said you never would.

Answer #8

In many ways it comes down to deciding who you want to be…we become what we think about & act on! The Bible also tells us to, “Guard your heart, for it is the well-spring of life” (Prov.4: 23). Lusts & desires spring from what’s in your heart. Anything we allow to enter our eyes, ears, and mind can find its way into our heart (the seat of our emotions). Jesus went on to saying that what comes out of a man (from within ones’s heart) is what makes him unclean (Mk.7: 20-23). The heart is desperately wicked, who can understand it (Jer.17: 9). We often have no idea of the potential damage pornography and lustful thoughts / desires (fueling the ‘need’ to masturbate) can have! Therefore, guarding one’s heart is just pure wisdom, if you desire to be truly fulfilled. Yes, this involves self-control (2 Pet.1: 6) and discipline, the purpose of which is to make you a “free” man, and not a slave to anything (Gal.5:1). The fact you wanna do it, means you can wanna not do it (but, to what degree?) We experience the battle in the mind, but the power with which we fight it ought to be spiritual. Truly ask God to give you the faith, then the spirit (Rom.8: 13, Gal.5: 16-18), strength and heart to overcome and focus on receiving them each day to His glory (Rom.6: 11-12, 14, 18, 22). In so doing, you will believe, will overcome, and receive a heart of purity! Be 100% committed to purity and be intentional (Gal.5: 24) - God will reward this!! A fully satisfying relationship with Him is your prize (1 Cor.9: 24-5), which when received will not be worth trading anything for.

Answer #9

yes, masturbation is a sin. you’ll go to hell for it, so don’t do it.

alternatively, you can realize that organized religion is bullshit. that might cut you some slack. then you could masturbate all you want and not have to worry about the denigrations of a few elderly virgins in nightgowns.

Answer #10

well animals, as in the above example, a dog does it only when the female is in heat is of course a valid answer but however a dog does it as soon as he matures, we human s however have intercourse oly when married which is often way after we attain pubity, therefore from the time of the onset of pubity til the time of marriage it is not natural to deprive your body of its sexual needs I.e to let out the semen its producing!! no doubt this happens during a nocturnal ejactulation (wet dream) but we are also being deprived of the pleasure of intercourse! the catholic church condems homosexuality on the grounds that its against nature but by us not satisfyin our sexual needs from pubity to marriage is also un natural. so im a lil skeptical of what the church is actually trying to say

Answer #11

Some people say masturbating is a sin, some say it isn’t. I’m so confused and I don’t know what to believe in! ARG!

Answer #12

^^^Another argument against masturbation is that it is a self-centered activity rather than a God-centered activity. For some Christians, there is a belief that an orgasm actually brings a person closer to God. However, a majority of Christians believe that “pleasuring oneself” is about the self rather than God. Most Christians see their faith as having a God-focus, and that every act should be a way of edifying God. Thus, if masturbation is not helping to develop a relationship with God, it is a sin.^^^

Interesting argument, yet sleeping and eating is also a selfish act, and how do they bring you closer to God and help you build a relationship with him?

Answer #13

God didn’t gives the urge to masturbate but the devil tempts us to do stuff against him.

devil wont be Tempting anyone If he shows his arse anywhere near me. I’ll put a few Very-well aimed shots into him. He’ll learn his bloody lesson. and IF he doesnt. Well. ANY problem can be resolved with the proper application of Explosives.. hehe. I gotta admit. I got that from a Movie…

Answer #14

no silly. no one knows where we are going! is there even such a thing called hell!!lol to theqiu3

Answer #15

masturating is a sin. and Its not about RELIGION OK impiulse09. its about Keeping away from evil. we are not perfect and many people do masturebate. its really lacking barriers between you and God. Evertime we sin, we are move one step away from God. and you know what makes this world an ugly is the people tend not to care about God. Well as for me I think that a group of believers can change it,it fact they have done a step. at catholic churches you are not banned from the church if you confess that you masturbate or any other sin. who are we to chase you! we are all humans and we do mistakes so no you can stay with us once you try to really change! priest should have the power to keep your secret. HE is going to keep it

Answer #16

I believe masterbation is good when preventing yourself from having sex before marriage in the first place so it should not be a sin but it is.

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