According to the historic, creedal understanding, a triune God: one being, three persons.
That paradox is very difficult to understand, but I think that's one reason God created both man and woman — the multiple persons in the trinity couldn't be represented in human form without different types of persons.
A 2011 Pew Report found that the median age of (first) marriages was 29 for men and 27 for women.
In the 1960s the median averages for both genders was in the early 20s, and in ancient cultures we married as teenagers.
If that's true, it's hard to escape the conclusion that the primary purpose of sex is profoundly relational: it's meant to tightly unify husband and wife in a profound, material metaphor of the self-giving love shared within the Trinity.
So when it comes to masturbation, I have had to conclude that it falls short of God's intention for human sexuality.
All that to say, masturbation may be a vital aspect in how single persons cultivate and achieve sexual chastity.
That is, masturbation may be a critical part in how a single person achieves emotional and sexual well-being if they hold to an ideal that sexual relations should only take place within a covenanted, life-long, monogamous relationship.
The real issue in this conversation, the big elephant in the room, is Jesus' prohibition against lust (cf. Can you masturbate to the point of orgasm without lust being a part of that experience?That issue duly noted, let me get to my main points: I think it is important to recognize how masturbation functions in the life of those who are single.And even for those who eventually get married, we need to note how marriage has become increasingly delayed in Western cultures.Exploring my own body has been very helpful in making me feel physically normal and like a sexual being again – and this had fed directly into rebooting my sex life with my husband. in religious studies from Arizona State University and has written for The Atlantic website, Books and Culture, Paste, The Journal of the History of Sexuality, Christianity Today, Beliefnet and other publications. Whether or not masturbation can be part of healthy sexuality depends on how we define the second part of the question: healthy sexuality.I am also glad that my husband was able to use masturbation to get sexual release while I was physically unable to have sex with him – this took the pressure off of me while I was coping with the intense physical and emotional demands of caring for a newborn and recovering from pregnancy/birth. Based on my reading of the Bible, I believe sex is one of the many ways God created humans to bear the image of our maker in the world.