Saturday, August 3, 2013

My Views On Homosexuality

I'm going to start with some Scriptures here.

"You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination." Leviticus 18:22

"Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

"Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted." 1 Timothy 1:8-11

"Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error."
Romans 1:24-27

This post isn't intended to slap people with certain tendencies in the face, nor to beat them with a few select verses out of thousands. This is intended to state my stance on the matter (specifically within the Christian community) out of love because, due to these verses, i believe homosexual behavior to be sinful.
If you knew someone who was dying, and could encourage them to change their ways and fight their inclinations and, in doing so, save their lives . . . Wouldn't you? That's why i'm writing this; not to judge, but to encourage.

Now, most who practice such things don't believe in God. But they do believe in nature. I could start by saying that one orientation is natural and the other is not, but that's cliché. Instead, i'll warn; the human body has a natural "culling" behavior to homosexuality. It's called AIDS, of which there seems to be no cure, and only fleeting inoculations/vaccines. It was once referred to as "GRIDS" (gay-related immune deficiency syndrome), for obvious reasons. Understandably, it was changed because it wasn't exclusive to the gay community. It is, however, nearly exclusive to such a demographic, and transfers by vast majority from them.
Nature, not just God and the "religious" society discern against it.

Now there are others who believe in God and the Bible, and yet still practice such things.
I've heard the argument that "God created [them] like that," or that "[They] were born [the opposite gender]," and also that it's suppressing who they are to deny such practice (i've heard people say "You just can't accept me for who i am).
That's a rather fallible ideology.
Firstly, every man was created male, and every female was created female (Genesis 1:27 says "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."). If God is infallible, then He makes no mistakes--man is man, woman is woman, simple as that.
Secondly, to pretend one was born the wrong gender and therefore would be denying who they are to go against what is their natural tendency doesn't make quite logical sense. The two genders work together for a reason. Man is supposed to be with woman, and vice-versa. To deny that would be to deny what and who they are.
Also, note it doesn't say such desires are sinful. Leviticus says to lie with a man as with a woman is wrong. 1 Corinthians says men "who practice homosexuality," as does 1 Timothy. Romans, however, is a little less contrasted, though still defined; it says they were consumed with passion for one another, but it still points out that they committed such acts, and that's where the sin lies (though those actions stemmed from God 'giving them up' to 'dishonorable passions' because they traded the image of the Creator for the created; sin bred sin, as it always does).
For these reasons, i believe the "Queen James Version" of the Bible to be contrary to the literally translated Word of God, and substantiatedly (that should be a word) blasphemous if it does, in fact, condone homosexual behavior.

So that's how i stand on the matter, in case anyone was curious. Basically, i hold it to the same light as infidelity in marriage, or adultery outside of marriage. Abominable, selfish, and based solely in greed and wrapped up in the "now" and not the future.

Above all, we are to love the sinner, be they convicted of infidelity, adultery, homosexual practices, thieving, murder, lying, or anything. Our first commandment is to love. So then, we are not to be malicious with one who has committed any of these sins. We are to care for them, offer them shelter and refuge, and love in the way of encouraging them unto righteousness that can only be found in Christ.

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