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I'm a new christian and wondered if it is safe for me to stop masturbating and having sexual thoughts?
14 doctors weighed in

Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes safe to stop
Some christians believe masturbation is wrong, some believe contraception is wrong, to each his or her own.
However it will be difficult to stop having sexual thoughts, these are related to your hormones. Good luck.

In brief: Yes safe to stop
Some christians believe masturbation is wrong, some believe contraception is wrong, to each his or her own.
However it will be difficult to stop having sexual thoughts, these are related to your hormones. Good luck.
Dr. George Klauber
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Safe------Yes.
You pose several issues.
It appears you are entering a religeous phase of your life. This is important. Your question is confusing regarding "sexual thoughts". It is biological and normal to have "sexual thoughts". It is what you do regarding sexual thoughts and practices that determine health and well being. I recommend you discuss this with your clergy, counsellors and others.

In brief: Safe------Yes.
You pose several issues.
It appears you are entering a religeous phase of your life. This is important. Your question is confusing regarding "sexual thoughts". It is biological and normal to have "sexual thoughts". It is what you do regarding sexual thoughts and practices that determine health and well being. I recommend you discuss this with your clergy, counsellors and others.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Personal beliefs and feelings are just that, personal. It would be a difficult world to live in if people are to be judged by what they think and feel as well as what they do. The common expression "only God knows" reflects that. Thoughts and feelings become safe or unsafe only when one acts on them in safe or unsafe ways. That's when intentions don't count. Trust your faith and act accordingly.
Dr. Mark Fisher
The Jewish perspective is that behavior can be inappropriate, but not thoughts. Jews don't get this "in your heart" business. The HUMAN perspective, without reference to religion, is that if you try to suppress thoughts, they will just go around and around in your head. GUILT provides the energy for the repetition of unacceptable thoughts. Let yourself think them, and they will run their course.
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Safe
Safe to stop. Safe to continue. Perfectly natural either way

In brief: Safe
Safe to stop. Safe to continue. Perfectly natural either way
Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Impossible
You will not be able to avoid sexual thoughts, and if this derails your new christian faith commitment, it will be very unfortunate.
You are looking at human-made doctrines and rules intended to frighten you. The christian walk, being kind to whoever you meet on the road, forgiving and promoting forgiveness, and refraining from what truly hurts others, should not have an added, impossible burden.

In brief: Impossible
You will not be able to avoid sexual thoughts, and if this derails your new christian faith commitment, it will be very unfortunate.
You are looking at human-made doctrines and rules intended to frighten you. The christian walk, being kind to whoever you meet on the road, forgiving and promoting forgiveness, and refraining from what truly hurts others, should not have an added, impossible burden.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
The Christian religious prohibition regarding masturbation is based on the story of Onan in Genesis 38. Onan spilled his seed on the ground rather than impregnating the wife of his dead brother as was required of him in order to provide an heir and keep the dowry of his sister-in-law in the tribe. So, he was not masturbating but practicing WITHDRAWL! Vatican approved birth control! Go figure! L'Shana Tova everyone!
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