Note: This is a response we gave to a post on another blog. We took exception to the often repeated claim that God condemns homosexuality as a sin. While we have provided the link to the blog, we do not recommend it as good, informative, or even entertaining reading.
No, God doesn’t call homosexual acts a sin, either. “Man will not lie with man as he does woman” is clearly a reference to a specific act without getting crude about it. Sodom and Gomorrah was a condemnation of our inhospitality towards foreigners, but if one wants the literal sense, it was a condemnation of gay gang rape, and that’s assuming we believe the men didn’t know the strangers were angels. (If they did know the men were angels, then the literal interpretation would be God’s condemnation of bestiality.) Of course, if we took the story at that literal value, then we would have to accept that a gang rape of one’s daughter is perfectly acceptable.
We also need to look at the three stories of same sex relationships God looked favorably on, and these relationships were more than “best friends.” Ruth and Naomi, where we get our wedding vows from, is one such story.
God was teaching a highly superstitious, illiterate, uneducated crowd. They had no concept of sexual orientation. How could God say “There’s nothing wrong with being gay” when the people two thousand or more years ago didn’t understand the concept of gay and straight? They understood the concept of sex, but not the concept of sexual orientation. So God laid certain rules down. Anal sex was out, but that rule didn’t mean homosexuality was out, too. Same sex gang rape was out, but that didn’t mean homosexuality was out, too. In Romans, pagan orgy festivals were out, but that didn’t mean homosexuality was out.
The only way we could accept God meant homosexuality was a sin is to accept that gay people choose to be gay. We reject that notion and refuse to label millions of gay people, all of whom say they were born gay, as liars. That means if we accept that gay people are born gay, we have to ask the question, “Why would God give us the greatest gift of all – the need to love and be loved, and then select a small percentage of people to reject that gift as if He were giving a select few a test to pass?” Given the evidence of what God did say (and didn’t say), we believe God meant gay people to live by the same faithful, monogamous rules He laid out for straight people. No anal sex, no gang rapes, and no orgies – just faithful and loving commitment to each other.
Open season on gays
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