As much as I agree that Christians do need to band together I disagree however that the breakdown of families and the rate of divorce has anything to do with homosexuality. It does, however, have everything to do with a lack of morality and a lack of understanding and reverence for the sanctity of marriage.
Also, I'd like to point out that Jesus said nothing about homosexuality in the Bible. Letting people who love each other join their lives and be recognized under the bonds of civil unions is not a sin. Jesus commanded that we love everyone and treat everyone fairly. Why shouldn't homosexuals be granted that love and fairness as well?
i probably should have separated my thoughts a little better. i didn't actually say that homosexuality causes divorce but it has a similar effect on families. the way i see it, homosexuality breaks down families in the fact that a child will not have a mother and a father all living under the same roof. some kids will grow up relatively well while others will not. two women cannot provide the functions of a father and two men cannot provide the function of a mother. it's biologically impossible.
regarding homosexuality itself... jesus did find it to be a sin but yes, he did command us all to love one another. that's why we love the sinner and hate the sin. the apostles of jesus, of which paul is one, taught that those who practice homosexuality are unrighteous...
1 Corinthians 6:9
9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites
24 Therefore God also gave them up to the uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the nature use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
reading these scriptures leads me to believe that, yes, homosexuality is not favored by God. i don't particularly find death to be a positive thing but that's just me.
2005-12-10 04:38 am (UTC)
Re: Don't mind me..
My added 2 cents...Very few scholars actually believe what's said in this link. And it's true that Jesus never mentioned homosexuality because in a Jewish culture there would have been no need to address something that was already obviously forbidden. Jesus was more about subverting the religious establishment than condemning something that was already looked down upon. BUT, nevertheless, the greatest sin has been the pride of Christians who have excluded and alienated the homosexual community. So, I agree that the act of homosexuality may be wrong but we have to be careful as Christians before we condemn someone else without looking at the plank in our own eye. God's discernment is definately needed in this area!