David Jay Jordan's
Onan, Selfishness and Masturbation
May I first be so bold as to say there is absolutely nothing in the Bible that either discourages or encourages masturbation.
(SEE also Masturbation and Good Health) Yet because some people think that the Bible story about Onan, was a type of
masturbation or a type of birth control, maybe I could have a go at sorting this out for possible discussion.
It states :
Genesis 38:9 And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to
pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it (his seed)
on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.
So Onan wasn't masturbating at all but making love or 'fucking his brother's wife, because it was his duty and responsibility
to give her seed so her brother's inheritance wouldn't be wasted and his brother's lineage would go on. But Onan, it seems
enjoyed the act and then pulled out at orgasm and spilled his seed so that she wouldn't get pregnant and possibly so that he
would get the inheritance.
So it appears it was a terrible sin, not the sexual part which he was suppose to fulfill, but his heart problems and his greed and
his selfishness. So this story has nothing to do with masturbation at all and is not an indictment against it, nor is it an
indictment against birth control, but the whole true life story is a condemnation of Onan's greed and materialism and
I mean along these very same exact lines, Judah was also suppose to give his duaghter-in-law Tamar, the opportunity to mate
with another one of his sons, to carry on her 'deceased' husband's lineage through her, and yet Judah did NOT.And therefore
Tamar dressed as a harlot in the open field where judah was to pass by, and had him give her seed, as was her right openly and
yet she had to do it as a "prostitute'. (SEE Gensis 38)
Was Tamar wrong and a sinner, for playing the prostitute or was Judah in not giving her seed willingly ? So again biblically
in this sense, the sin wasn't sex, the sin was not having sex and not giving the seed which gives life and a new generation. For
in doing so we can literally be obeying the literal First Commandemnt of the Lord ..."Be fruitful and multiply" and to do this
physically, it involves sex.
Don't you agree ?
David Jay Jordan
PS) But whatever you do, you should be doing
it in real faith and in real love, His Love