In the Bahá'í Faith, sexual relationships are permitted only between a husband and wife.
He taught that by understanding God's plan for physical love we could understand "the meaning of the whole of existence, the meaning of life." He taught that human beings were created by a loving God for a purpose: to be loving persons who freely choose to love, to give themselves as persons who express their self-giving through their bodies.
Thus, sexual intercourse between husband and wife is a symbol of their total mutual self-donation.
The monks' vow made masturbation an illicit act; the act itself was not considered sinful... prior to Cassian, masturbation was not considered a sexual offence for anyone." From the beginning of the thirteenth century, the Catholic Church formally recognized marriage between a freely consenting, baptized man and woman as a sacrament – an outward sign communicating a special gift of God's love.
The Council of Florence in 1438 gave this definition, following earlier Church statements in 1208, and declared that sexual union was a special participation in the union of Christ in the Church.
Pope John Paul II's first major teaching was on the theology of the body, presented in a series of lectures by the same name.