It is impossible to ignore such a secret sin as self-satisfaction
(masturbation), from which some people suffer from an early age. With all
its unnaturalness it would not have been too dangerous, if it were not for the
fact that there are no external borders to control it. Because of that, after
it has become a habit, it draws to itself even when there is no physical need
for it. When this habit has become strong, the most difficult side to it is
that a person feels himself in the power of some fatal force, which he cannot
confront. It produces a sense of uncertainty, a predilection for melancholy and
apathy, a decline of energy, with a negative effect upon ones health.
Why do the Scriptures call so persistently to
struggle with carnal lust? Because, on the one hand, the sin of fornication
exhausts the physical strength and health of a person. "..The fornicator
sins against his own body," theapostle Paul writes. In sexual
life outside marriage the body wears out faster because sexual life not
connected with love requires much more power than a normal matrimonial
relation within in marriage.
We should add to this the chance to contact any of
the awful venereal illnesses or which is even more pernicious AIDS, which
cannot be cured.
But the main thing is that people who have given
themselves to lascivious passion have a decreased ideal of life. Dreams about
self-denying work for the benefit of the society and a happy life with the
loved one gradually fade; the ideals of youth evaporate. The person becomes
cynical and ambitious. His consciousness is more and more filled with dirty
pictures of voluptuousness. He looks at each woman as a female plaything. Dirty
thoughts invade his dimmed brain, and there is only one desire in his heart
to satisfy his lust.
God's grace recedes from the person
who has given himself to voluptuousness, and because of this his faith in God
grows weak and his spiritual inclinations go down. He stops hearing the voice
of his conscience through which God is calling him to the path of repentance.
Cold, gloom and rage establish in his soul. This is called a spiritual
death, after which there is nowhere else to fall.
Because of the inability of inveterate sinners to
turn over to the path of amendment, God punishes them with His holy judgement. "My
Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal," said
God over the ancient mankind and exterminated it with the waters of the Flood
(Genesis 6:1-5). Later a similar awful thing happened to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah for the sins of debauchery which prevailed among their
inhabitants: "Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah from the Lord out of the Heavens. Thus He overthrew
those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities
and also the vegetation in the land"
(Genesis -25). The apostle Paul has expressed the immutable vital
law: "God will judge all the adulterers and all the sexually
immoral" (Hebrews 13:4). How many great empires and civilizations have
perished; how many peoples indulging in voluptuousness have disappeared without
leaving a trace!
So, in the context of creating correct sexual
relations between spouses, it is necessary to say that the sins of having
sexual relations before or outside marriage affect those relations very
heavily. Promiscuity devastates people, if not physically, then always
spiritually. It brings us to the question of redirecting our forces, in order
to avoid sinning and to be perfected morally.