Is God going to send you
to HELL for Masturbating ?
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Is God going to send you to HELL for masturbating ?
Do you believe that Santa knows if you've been naughty or nice, and that is going to determine how well he is going to treat you next Christmas?
"Judah took a wife for Er, his firstborn son; her name was Tamar. But Er was wicked in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord put him to death. Then Judah said to Onan, "Go in to your brother's wife and perform the duty of a brother-in-law to her; raise up offspring for your brother." But since Onan knew that the offspring would not be his, he spilled his semen on the ground whenever he went in to his brother's wife, so that he would not give offspring to his brother. What he did was displeasing in the sight of the Lord, and he put him to death also."
If the Lord is always displeased with masturbation, why is his displeasure only expressed this one time, when Onan engaged in it, not for the purpose of pleasuring himself – which is why people do it 99.99% of the time – but only in order to "spill his seed", and thereby frustrate the demands of a biblical law which nobody believes in any more? This is the law the Jews of those days had on the books, and which Onan broke:
"When brothers reside together, and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the deceased shall not be married outside the family to a stranger. Her husband's brother shall go in to her, taking her in marriage, and performing the duty of a husband's brother to her, and the firstborn whom she bears shall succeed to the name of the deceased brother, so that his name may not be blotted out of Israel."
Why are so many clerics so intent on torturing young people with the fear of hell over masturbation? Jesus never condemned masturbation. What he DID condemn was the tendency of many clergy to put burdens on people. The sharp contrast between Jesus and such clergy is dramatically illustrated in this story :
"As Jesus was speaking, the Jewish leaders and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery and placed her out in front of the staring crowd. "Teacher," they said to Jesus, "this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. Moses' law says to kill her. What about it?" They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, "All right, hurl the stones at her until she dies. But only he who never sinned may throw the first!" Then he stooped down again and wrote some more in the dust. And the Jewish leaders slipped away one by one, beginning with the eldest, until only Jesus was left in front of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to her, "Where are your accusers? Didn't even one of them condemn you?" "No, sir," she said. And Jesus said, "Neither do I. Go and sin no more."
Do you have clergy who are loving and understanding, as Jesus was? Or do you have clergy who are stern and judgemental, like the clergy in this story?
Notice how the Gospels say that these clerics were motivated – not by honest belief in the bible – but by a desire to trap Jesus in a misstatement. "Conservative" clerics who tell you that you will go to hell for masturbating may not actually want you to go to hell. But neither do I believe that they are motivated by an honest desire to promote the teaching of the Bible – because the bible says little or nothing about masturbation. – However, the more people like you that they can convince that they are in peril of loosing their eternal lives, unless they depend entirely on the priests who supposedly have "the keys of heaven and hell", the more power and authority that gives them, and power is the next best thing to wealth; people who have it love it.
" Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, "The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them.
To learn WHY Jesus was so much more concerned about the arrogance, the faithlessness and the hypocrisy of the clergy and other religious leaders of his day, (and why his preaching to and about them drove them into kill him in order to shut him up), go to
to "Who killed Christ and Why?
If only every young person threatened by clergy with hell fire and brimstone would join in a great campaign to preach what Jesus preached to the clergy, then maybe they could be persuaded to get around to preaching what Jesus preached – not a "Gospel of Private Parts" – but a message of love and service which he called "Good News to the poor". The very thorough study of the Gospels recommended above shows that Jesus wasn't very concerned about what young people or even average adults did in the privacy of their own homes, he and the other great prophets of the bible were concerned about what people with power, either religious or secular, did publicly. Why have so many "churchmen" made "Christianity" into a campaign against masturbation, birth control, abortion, dancing, homosexuality, etc. instead of the "Good News of the Poor" (and warning against riches) which God intend it to be? To see what Christ was all about, what he expected his disciples to preach after he was gone, see
P.S. : Please don't expect the clergy who are ignoring Christ's preaching to them to publicize this web site in the church circles which they control. Our voices are stifled by the religious establishment as soon as it recognizes the threat that we represent ot them – just as Jesus said would happen. – These people will only be reached (and stifled themselves), if and when people like yourself help get the word out about "Liberals Like Christ", who challenge so-called "Christian" preachers to preach.
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