PREFACE: I am not a gay male. I am not trying to pick a fight. These are just things that I feel like God has worked into my heart. This is just me trying to tell you what I have learned about the Bible. These are just one Christians thoughts on the subject after a year or study and prayer. If this offends you so badly that you feel the need to unfollow me, so be it. And I understand and do not think bad of you if you do not agree with me. But I have to be honest with you all.
I do not think Homosexuality is a sin. And I will explain to you why. Verse by verse. My opinions on this matter where shaped, as I said, by much prayer and study. Diligently, I dug and asked. I also was influenced by a documentary film FISH OUT OF WATER. It a fascinating film that I would recommend to anyone.
That being said, I think that it is now best to explain to you why I feel this way.
I often hear how Homosexuality is an “abomination.” This comes from, the often cited, Leviticus 20:13: “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.” But Leviticus also states that eating shellfish (verse 11:12), cutting your hair and shaving (verses 19:27-28), and wearing two different fabrics (verse 19:19) are abominations. Jesus (who never mentioned Homosexuality) came to set us free from the old law. Further more, without reading those laws in social context, they make little since. In those times, there was a populations shortage. There for, any sexual relation that did not have the ability to produce a baby was considered wrong.
Which is also a argument I hear: That homosexuality is a sin because it cannot produce children. Well, do infertile married Christian women and men still have sex? What about post menopausal women? That argument does not stand up very well.
And what about Sodom and Gomorrah? I explain that in detail here: http://jonathanlikespotatoes.tumblr.com/post/7585136473
The verse in 1 Corinthians? 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 reads like this in the NIV Bible: “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men (or “Homosexuals” in some translations) nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” Now, lets focus on the line about Homosexuality. According to the documentary film “FISH OUT OF WATER”, the word in the original text that has been translated to mean Homosexuality means for a grown male to have a pedophile type relationship with a young boy.
And what about “slanderers” which are people who gossip and lie about others? How much of THAT goes on in Churches? A LOT. In a lot of Churches, that is considered “prayer time.”
Then in Romans 1:26-27 (“Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”), the phrase “unnatural” is used. Paul uses that phrase to refer to something when it is not part of his culture. And the culture of that time did not know anything about loving and consenting same sex relationships. They just did not publicly exist at this time in history. The only situations of Homosexuality in that time where when an army would rape the survivors of another army once defeated. Or when a man would molest a boy or use him as a sex slave. No love. No consent.
If God is love (1 John 4:8) then God is with the Homosexuals who have true love for one another.
And for that matter, JESUS himself says (in Matthew 19:21, Mark 10:21, and Luke 12:33) that we are to sell everything and give the money to the poor? How many of us have done that? It’s all about know how to read the Bible. It’s all about knowing CONTEXT.
These are just my thoughts. And if you don’t believe how I do, I understand. If so, I ask you to click “read more” and let me tell you what I have to say to you. I only put a “read more” here because of how long this already is.