Looks like rapper 50 cent has joined the long list of religious fanatics eager to shame us about our sexual desires. He has gone on Twitter to denounce masturbation, even outlining a 4 step plan to stymy your wanking urges:
So how religious is 50 Cent? According to Hollowverse.com,
50 Cent has never claimed allegiance to any particular Christian denomination, but has expressed a belief in God, saying:
I believe in a higher power. I believe in right and wrong. I believe in God. I believe everything about the [Christian] church is cool, but everybody’s not there in the right spirit.2
He has also credited God to the fact that he has survived being shot 9 times.
Where do Christians get all these ideas about God hating masturbation? One oft cited story is that of Onan:
Genesis 38:8-10 – “Then Judah said to Onan, ‘Lie with your brother’s wife and fulfill your duty to her as a brother-in-law to produce offspring for your brother.’ But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so whenever he lay with his brother’s wife he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from producing offspring for his brother. What he did was wicked in the Lord’s sight; so he put him to death also.”
Though Onan wasn’t actually masturbating, Christians point to Onan’s “self pollution” as an argument against it.
Since masturbation is generally an act committed out of lust, the following passage is also used as religious ammunition against self pleasure:
Matthew 5:28 – “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who has looked a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
I’m just grateful I was raised Buddhist and never had to go to Sunday school. Did you grow up in a religious household that banned self pleasure? What are your thoughts on 50 Cent’s condemnation? Weigh in below.