I admit I don't read the bible nor know much of it. But I've heard that because of a certain story in the bible, people consider masturbation a sin. The bible never mentions the word masturbation or implies anything of the nature and yet people say that in it says masturbation is a sin. The story that I've heard (I was chatting with several religious people long ago) was one of a man who was ordered by God to pregnant a woman. But instead the man "dropped his seed". Thus, he was punished by God. The thing that people fail to see is that whether he masturbated or not isn't the issue. He was punished because he disobeyed God. So, I don't see masturbation as a sin. In fact, I agree with a certain article that I've read. (http://youthspecialties.com/articles/topics/sexuality/masturbation.php) And I qoute: "Within those boundaries, masturbation could (and I believe, should) be seen as a healthy way of relieving the sexual tension that builds up in teenagers." I, too, see it in this way. Look at it this way: Would you rather know someone masturbates or would you rather them rape someone? Another qoute from this article: "How much false guilt could we alleviate, how many dangerous sexual encounters would be foregone, how much distress could we avoid, if we were simply open and honest with our children about how best to handle their emerging sexuality? We must give them straightforward options and solutions to deal with their changing bodies and their changing minds. " So to end my rambling. I believe that masturbation isn't a sin. It's a way to relieve yourself of a urge. In a way that doesn't hurt others. I don't know how that could be considered a sin. What are your thoughts on this?