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.All that to say, masturbation may be a vital aspect in how single persons cultivate and achieve sexual chastity.
How then are we to understand the profound unity possible between the different persons of the Trinity?
I would argue the best picture God gave us was marriage — and in particular the sexual union between man and wife.
She writes for The Atlantic Sexes and is the author of the forthcoming book Irigaray, Incarnation and Contemporary Women’s Fiction. I am sure others are better equipped to speak to the biblical/theological dimension of this conversation, so I’ll just say that I do not see the Bible as giving any sort of indictment against masturbation, although a puritanical narrative of sexuality is often imposed upon the Bible to make it seem that way.
I think that masturbation can absolutely be a healthy part of both married and unmarried sexuality.
According to the historic, creedal understanding, a triune God: one being, three persons.