Notice verse 18 deals withseminal emission during sexual intercourse, but verse 16 is speaking of a seminal emission that does not occur as a result of intercourse. If this is indeed a reference to masturbation, thematter-of-fact way in which God deals with this matter certainly indicates that no feelings of shame should be attached to it. He simply said, "Go take a bath."
It seems to me that if God were really botheredby such a practice, then He missed a teachable moment here in this passage. Since He clearly condemns sexual intercourse between men in Leviticus 18:22 and says "that is detestable", I think that ifHe had really wanted us to avoid this particular practice, He would at least have said something like "That is disgusting" instead of "Go take a bath."
Masturbation has been around for a long time,and since God does not clearly condemn it, I would not be too bothered with it either. Masturbation is practice far more than adultery or fornication yet God is practically silent on the issue. Thisought to tell you that God is not overly concern with it.
However, let me caution you against addiction to masturbation. Just like most things, masturbation can turn into an addiction. If you findyourself constantly—several times a day—masturbating then you can be reasonably sure that you have a sexual addiction. Paul said, "'Everything is permissible for me'—but I will not be mastered byanything" (1 Cor 6:12). This includes masturbation. Also, you should never use pornography to masturbate, and if you are married, keep your thoughts on your wife. It is the same sin to make love to your...