Does God Hate Homosexuals?
Recently studying deeper as to what people believe when it comes to sexuality, there is no doubt that a lot of us are left confused ourselves.
It’s a known fact that in many cases, same-sex attraction is nothing more than a passing phase- hands up if you’ve ever been attracted to someone of the same sex?
Not many will openly admit it, understandably so- many of us were raised to think that expressing our sexual interest (flirting) was wrong. But who are we really to decide what is or what is not triggering to others if we can’t even admit it ourselves? Perhaps our religion can serve as a guide.
For many Christians, it’s not just homosexuality in itself- sex in general engaged outside the arrangement of marriage is sin and this refers to both homosexual and heterosexual conduct. In our country, we tend to get more aggravated by homosexuality though, so what does the Bible really say about gays or lesbians and how do Christians rate on the Hate Scale?
Referencing a 2010 Awake Magazine article, we join in asking some pressing questions about Homosexuality and Religion. The questions raised and replies may help guide you…
Shouldn’t Christians treat all people with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation?
Absolutely. The Bible says: “Honor men of all sorts” or, as Today’s English Version renders it, “Respect everyone.” (1 Peter 2:17) Therefore, Christians are not homophobic. They show kindness to all people, including those who are gay.—Matthew 7:12.
Doesn’t Christian view of homosexuality encourage prejudice against gays?
Not at all. True Christians reject homosexual conduct, not people. Example: I also choose not to smoke. In fact, I find the very idea of it repugnant. But suppose you’re a smoker and you feel differently. I wouldn’t be prejudiced against you for your view, just as I’m sure you wouldn’t be prejudiced against me for my view—am I right? The same principle applies to our differing views of homosexuality.
Didn’t Jesus preach tolerance? If so, shouldn’t Christians take a permissive view of homosexuality?
Jesus didn’t encourage his followers to accept any and all lifestyles. Rather, he taught that the way to salvation is open to “everyone exercising faith in him.” (John 3:16) Exercising faith in Jesus includes conforming to God’s moral code, which forbids certain types of conduct—including homosexuality.—Romans 1:26, 27.
The Bible doesn’t comment on the biology of homosexuals, although it acknowledges that some traits are deeply ingrained. (2 Corinthians 10:4, 5) Even if some are oriented toward the same sex, the Bible tells Christians to shun homosexual acts. You know, many claim that violent behavior can have a genetic root and that as a result, some people are predisposed to it. (Proverbs 29:22) What if that was true? As you might know, the Bible condemns fits of anger. (Psalm 37:8;Ephesians 4:31) Is that standard unfair just because some may be inclined toward violence?
How could God tell someone who is attracted to the same sex to shun homosexuality? That sounds cruel.
Such reasoning is based on the flawed notion that humans must act on their sexual impulses. The Bible dignifies humans by assuring them that they can choose not to act on their improper sexual urges if they truly want to.—Colossians 3:5.
Even if you’re not gay, shouldn’t you change your view of homosexuality.
Suppose I didn’t approve of gambling but you did. Would it be reasonable for you to insist that I change my view, simply because millions of people choose to gamble?” Most people (including homosexuals) have some ethical code that causes them to deplore certain things—perhaps fraud, injustice, or war. The Bible prohibits those behaviors; it also draws the line at certain types of sexual conduct, including homosexuality.—1 Corinthians 6:9-11.
The Bible is not unreasonable nor does it promote prejudice. It simply directs those with same-sex urges to do the same thing that is required of those with an opposite-sex attraction—to “flee from fornication.”—1 Corinthians 6:18.
The fact is, millions of heterosexuals who wish to conform to the Bible’s standards employ self-control despite any temptations they might face. Their numbers include many who are single with little prospect of marriage and many who are married to a disabled partner who is unable to function sexually. They are able to live happily without fulfilling their sexual urges. Those with homosexual inclinations can do the same if they truly want to please God.—Deuteronomy 30:19.
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