Onan was stealing from his dead brother; this is a point that doesn’t make sense without the context of old property law. He was avoiding having a son with his dead brother’s wife while putting on the pretense he was trying (as he was legally obligated to), because legally that son (wait for it) would’ve magically been his dead brother’s, thus an heir to his property. Onan was ensuring his brother’s property would go to his own son(s). So one or more counts of fraud and theft. It just happens the theft involved his wang’s lovejuice. Ironically, he was “laying” with the wife, so he isn’t even self stimulating.
I have a thing for theology… I still get an intellectual kick out of it, and I get annoyed when people–whether religious or non–make theologically ignorant assertions about a faith.
I love this comment; it’s the best concise explanation of the Onan story I’ve ever seen. Please refer people to this if they ever tell you the Bible says masturbation is wrong. I don’t know if the Catholics ever revised their interpretation of this passage, but the “sin of Onanism” was born purely (as far as I can tell) out of the body-hating culture of the middle ages, and has exactly zero basis in scripture.