Are religion and sex toys/exploration compatible?

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Are religion and sex toys/exploration compatible?

Nova146 Nova146
The religion poll made me wonder . . . do people think religious and sex toys/exploration don't mix? Obviously, it depends on the religion, and I suppose I mean Christianity mostly. It also depends on the kind of exploration. Within a Christian perspective, let's just say we're only considering acts between a husband and wife.
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
I consider myself religious and think it is COMPATIABLE with sex toys/exploration.
14  (41%)
I consider myself religious and think it is INCOMPATIABLE with sex toys/exploration.
I consider myself NOT religious and think religion is COMPATIABLE with sex toys/exploration.
17  (50%)
I consider myself NOT religious and think religion is INCOMPATIABLE with sex toys/exploration.
1  (3%)
Other
2  (6%)
Total votes: 34
Poll is closed
02/06/2013
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cummingcouple cummingcouple
Speaking as an engaged slightly religious couple who would call ourselves christians, I think they mix perfectly fine. There's not a whole lot tying them together as subjects, but as far as keeping things insteresting or just exploring eachother toys are great for people of all faiths. Amongst the married, I'm sure they're very popular but not many religious people would probably mention that stuff
02/06/2013
tequilafish tequilafish
I picked other because I was raised catholic, and was taught basically that sex is bad/shameful. I can't see my mom, or anyone I knew from church, condoning sex toys. But at the same time, I know that there are religious people/religions/speci fic congregations that are more open minded. It's just that my specific experience was incompatible.
02/06/2013
Nova146 Nova146
Quote:
Originally posted by tequilafish
I picked other because I was raised catholic, and was taught basically that sex is bad/shameful. I can't see my mom, or anyone I knew from church, condoning sex toys. But at the same time, I know that there are religious people/religions/speci ...
tequilafish - that's the view I hear people talk about, and in some ways, what I expect from other Christians. I am a practicing Catholic, and my hubby and I see nothing wrong with exploring within the confines of our marriage. And, in reality, the Catholic Church teachings are not what most people were/are taught - John Paul II's Theology of the Body makes it clear that the body AND sex are GOOD, in the right context. But that message is not one that is well known and I think culturally, Christianity, especially in America, is still very Puritan.
02/06/2013
joiedejouets joiedejouets
I think every person has the right to sexual exploration!
02/06/2013
atryonix atryonix
It shouldn't be an issue
02/06/2013
Trixie Horror Trixie Horror
Absolutely - I'm Wiccan, and we believe that sexuality must be explored and noted upon to be in balance with yourself. There are great health benefits to this as well, so other less-organized, more nature-based religions have very similar viewpoints.
02/06/2013
married with children married with children
There is a whole book in the Bible that is devoted to sex. I am a Christian, and we use toys. But then we only use them with each other.
02/06/2013
Real or memorex Real or memorex
The mainline Protestant religion I was raised in does not/would not have had a problem with them.
02/06/2013
inkky inkky
i'm an athiest, but i don't see how religion affects masturbation
02/06/2013
Inkkythesquid Inkkythesquid
i'm not religious, and i think they're compatable
02/06/2013
noway noway
Religion usually negates any kind of fun other than vaginal intercourse between a man and woman who are married.
02/06/2013
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
I'm not religious but I do think they can be compatible.
02/07/2013
The Vixen The Vixen
I think people assume anything fun sexually is off limits if you're a christian but the bible makes it pretty clear that sex is supposed to be an amazing and healthy bonding experience that's a vital part of your relationship. So if toys assist in that, then it sounds good to me.
02/07/2013
Bme Bme
I am Christian and there is nothing prohibited in the Bible between a married couple. Involving other people is not in line with the Bible but there is no prohibition against toys.
05/15/2013
rosythorn rosythorn
Quote:
Originally posted by Bme
I am Christian and there is nothing prohibited in the Bible between a married couple. Involving other people is not in line with the Bible but there is no prohibition against toys.
Yep! Agreed, I am sure those kinky Romans thought of a sex toy so I am sure they had something around at least in the time of Jesus. So go for it !
05/15/2013
oneeyedoctopus oneeyedoctopus
The Catholic teaching is that sex is acceptable when it's used to create children and emotionally bond a husband and wife. I suppose sex toy exploration would be fine as long of you used it in conjunction with procreative sex.
05/16/2013
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
I'm not sure about all religions, but this is something I've been looking into myself lately.
From what I've been reading, Christianity is sort of...against such things unless you're married.
There's even articles people have written about the subject that pretty much say that for single Christians sex, porn, masturbation, and sexual fantasies of any nature (even about fictional characters) are sinful.

I'm not sure how true that is, it's just what I've been reading.
All I know is, if that's how it is...I'm probably going to be sinning most of my life. I like masturbation, porn, and sexual fantasies...my boyfriend doesn't have a problem with my doing any of that either. In fact, he tends to encourage it since he knows it's all harmless fun.
And then there's the whole thing about sex with anyone you're not married to being a sin, even if you're in a relationship with that person.

The material I've been reading even goes so far as to compare a sexual fantasy to actual cheating since you've "already been with" the person in the fantasy in your mind.

Given all this, I'm pretty sure it's not the right religion for me even though it's the one I'd like to follow. I don't want to have to feel like even just getting off is something I should feel guilty for, especially since I know I'd never cheat on my partner or do anything that I personally see as sinful.
05/18/2013
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