The majority of Christians believe that homosexuality is a sin in the eyes of God due to six misunderstood passages in the Bible. How are these passages misunderstood? They are taken out of its original historical context and can be seen in a different light when you read the original Hebrew and Greek Scriptures. If you are unaware of what I am talking about, go to http://www.gaychristians.2freedom.com to read the proof that homosexuality in the Bible is not speaking of homosexuality as a whole, but rather homosexual rape, homosexual child molestation, homosexual prostitution and homosexual rituals in idol worship. Please refrain from commenting on this page until you have become familiar with the alternative translations, lest you take this information out of context too! Thanks. 🙂
So as I was driving the other night and I turned on a Christian radio station. The Pastor started talking against homosexuality, but ironically what he said completely proved how the Bible is taken out of context on this issue. The Pastor started off by saying that the Jewish laws of marriage between a man and woman were revolutionary to the world at the time. He said that they were the first laws to limit sexual relationships between men and women only because “in the Pagan world, homosexuality was rapid and widely accepted.” If he had stopped here, it wouldn’t have proved anything, but he went on to say that “Pagan men used young boys and male slaves for sex, raped men of lower class and in battle, as well as performed homosexual sex in Pagan rituals.” He stated that “gay relationships were the norm, but not in the modern sense. They were exclusively popular between men and young boys, men and male slaves and men and shrine prostitutes.” I praised God for him stating this because he unknowingly proved that this has absolutely no relevance to gay relationships of love and commitment today.
He even started off his sermon with “long before modern gay relationships and so called ‘gay marriage,’ the pagan world was overrun with homosexuality.” Note that his definition of “homosexuality” is completely contrary to modern relationships and he admitted that they were all based in rape, child molestation, slave sex and pagan sex rituals.
I know that this Pastor did not realize that he was helping prove the point that “homosexuality” in the Bible was speaking to a group of men who misused sex in violent and idolatrous ways. The only way you could have heard this sermon and think it was exclusively anti-gay is to look at all homosexuality activity (including loving relationships) under the umbrella of sin. But as we know, you can not look at things in black and white when considering context. It would be like saying that ALL heterosexual men and ALL heterosexual women are damned to hell because there are passages against heterosexual adultery, heterosexual rape and heterosexual prostitution, etc. Not all heterosexuals commit adultery, nor do they commit rape or engage in prostitution. These sinful acts by some heterosexuals do not condemn all heterosexuals. There are major gray areas here, or at least a separation between black (evil homosexual interactions) and white (loving committed homosexual relationships).
Child molestation is a sin. Rape is a sin. Pagan rituals of any kind (sexual or otherwise) is a sin. Sex with slaves is a sin (because one unwilling participant is at the hands of a more powerful participant). But what about loving monogamous relationships? Are they also sinful? Loving monogamous relationships don’t seem to fit in the design of committing a sin as does these other hurtful and harmful behaviors.
The Pastor went on to say how the Jewish laws changed relationships as a whole. He said that Biblical marriage promotes love. Biblical marriage promoted deep relationships. He said that before these laws, women were seen as only property and the men were allowed to also have sex with their male slaves, young boys and male prostitutes. Marriage prohibited these interactions and limited sexual activity to only between your spouse rather than others, which took away promiscuous behavior. Although I believe that the marriage in Biblical culture still historically saw women as property, it did promote more love, companionship and monogamy since the men were no longer allowed to be sexually satisfied by outside sources. These are all good things. In my thoughts, God created us as human beings to love one another. If we as monogamous Christian gay couples fit into the model of a Biblical marriage, than how can this be wrong? We have love, we have monogamy, we have all the relationship building blocks that make up a heterosexual marriage and union. The only thing we don’t have is the capability to procreate naturally. That is the only difference. If that were sinful, than barren women and infertile men would be prohibited from marriage, and they are not.
So to break it down simply, lets look at the Merriam Websters dictionary definition of homosexuality: 1) of, relating to, or characterized by a tendency to direct sexual desire toward another of the same sex 2) of, relating to, or involving sexual intercourse between persons of the same sex. Now lets look at one aspect of this by looking at the definition of rape: unlawful sexual activity and usually sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against the will usually of a female or with a person who is beneath a certain age or incapable of valid consent. So to pair these things together, we have a homosexual rapist. But to have these words apart, we have one person who has love and affection towards the same gender, and one person who forces sex upon another person. There are homosexual rapists and heterosexual rapists in the world, but not all homosexuals and heterosexuals are rapists. It is the rape that makes that person at fault for sinful behavior, not their natural love of the same or opposite gender.
So I ask you to ponder these thoughts and pray for clarity and wisdom on this topic. Also pray that you are able to feel the difference between true conviction and personal repulsion. What I mean by this is that when you are repulsed by something that you would never do, sometimes it feels wrong, when really it is just not in your personal nature. Does this mean it is unnatural for everyone? Absolutely not. I don’t like onions. I refuse to eat them because they are disgusting to me. Some people love onions. Does that make them bad people because they love onions and I don’t? Of course not. As a lesbian, I am repulsed by imagining myself being intimate with the opposite gender. But does this feeling I have inside of me make heterosexuality as a whole inherently sinful? Of course not! So my point is that one must tread carefully in this topic and give it a lot of prayer, as reading these passages out of context mixed with personal repulsion can be a deadly combination and turn many gay and lesbians away from ever having a relationship with Jesus Christ. I am sure that God would not want His followers to turn away a group of potential followers because they felt they were exiled and told they had to give up who they love to be “part of the group.”
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