By John White
Anything occurred to love--eros, actual love--when mankind fell. the sweetness was once marred. the enjoyment was once tinged with disappointment. Eros used to be defiled. at the present time the result of the autumn are obvious in premartial intercourse, extramartial intercourse, masturbation, homosexuality, and numerous different types of twisted intercourse. John White speaks with realizing and compassion approximately each one of those sexual sins. He concludes with a telling bankruptcy of ways neighborhood church buildings should be groups for facing sexual sin in a context of affection and forgiveness
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It is an intrapersonal not an interpersonal affair. Its defect lies at this very point: It takes what was meant to be a powerful urge encouraging a close personal relationship but aborts it. That which was meant to be shared is squandered in solitude. But sad and depressing as this may be, it can hardly account for the crushing guilt that some people suffer. How then can we explain the sense of guilt? Origins of Guilt Theories differ. 3 Yet so firmly does it remain a part of popular psychoanalytic and lay thinking, that we should perhaps have a look at it.
Intercourse is with a person who feels, loves and experiences in the way I do. And when the interpersonal is lacking, sexual stimulation is promoting the very thing it was designed to overcome. The modern urge to reassure ourselves that masturbation is fine in moderation springs from a laudable wish to alleviate the excessive fear and guilt it causes many people. With this wish I sympathize. But I must not in my efforts to alleviate guilt say that pale shades of gray are white. There is also truth in what behaviorists say.
Because of the erotic pleasure that rewards him, the masturbator has programmed himself to masturbate. His personal decisions about masturbating are neither here nor there. He will go on masturbating just as the rat goes on pressing the lever, unless he is reprogrammed (that is, programmed not to masturbate). I have some experience (though perhaps not enough) in conditioning or "programming" human behavior, and while space does not permit me to go into details, I would say that a program designed to extinguish masturbation would have to be so elaborate and time-consuming as to be impractical to carry out.