“Jesus just has to put up with it regardless,” should be their position. Ben Lorkas, I actually remember the masturbation dilemma for myself!I really believed that Jesus could see me masturbate, but the urge was so overwhelming I just blocked Jesus out of my head and apologized later.As best we can tell, humans always act so as to fulfill the strongest of their current desires, given their beliefs.But I very much doubt that Christians do not have a strong desire to save their spouses, their children, and their best friends from eternal agony.Jesus said, “no one comes to me unless the Father draws him.” Salvation is not a matter of convincing someone about an intellectual issue; it’s about responding to the direct call of God.And, for the record, I personally don’t believe that it is God’s decision that people are excluded from “heaven,” as it were; I think it’s the individual’s choice.Many Christians do take extreme measures – and they are criticized for that, too. Many Christians also respect other people’s rights to make their own decisions.
Further, if they know anything about your hobbies here on your blog, many Christians it seems, whether they have kids or not tell themselves that our interest in Christianity is because we secretly want to be Christians and/or that God is compelling us back into the fold.
I don’t think there is an elegant answer to such questions, most people simply aren’t reflective enough to even attempt to find incoherencies in their views. Another simple example to Christians (you can answer these questions to yourself): Would you ever masturbate if someone was watching you? Something is different and it’s seems as though it is different in a way they are unwilling to directly address, because it impacts the debatescape significantly.
Ben Lorkas, Yeah, but Jesus has to watch *everything,* including everything going on in his unlimited imagination which includes you masturbating even if you never actually did.
Otherwise, they are being disloyal and if they are disloyal, then that eternity of bliss is less certain.
Also, your parents can tell themselves that maybe you’ll come around and that your current doubts are all part of God’s master plan.