Monday, July 20, 2009

Why I Believe What I Believe- Homosexuality

I did not write this series of blogs to cause division, but as a journey to share and to find (at times) what I believe based on the Bible. There are three blogs (so far) to this series....Judgement, Homosexuality, and Abortion. I am working on more as I try to discover and/or write down my foundation of beliefs. As you read this you can see I have written it out of love and I hope you can understand that.
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In the loving nature of God we see the love of His creation. Did God stop loving Adam and Eve when they chose to believe a serpent over Him? No. Before I delve into what God’s word says, God is love. He does not ask us to go to his creation and pummel them into submission. He tells us to tell the truth out of love for our brothers and sisters…not to ignore the truth, but to tell it to protect others from the pain sin creates. We know that pain. We’ve all felt it. It’s a pain centered in sin. Why is it sin? Because God has shown us right from wrong…He created purity. He knows the joy it brings. Human Being are just very good at perverting that. As a far from perfect person I can attest to that fact.

Unfortunately I believe the sin acting in our lives often acts as a blinder. We pick and choose what we want to see in God’s word. We label it “the times” (which undoubtedly sometimes it is), but we are at times blinded by our own sin to the truth God places in front of us.

One of the biggest arguments that those who do love God and yet are blinded to homosexuality give is that in the Old Testament God condemned homosexuality because the earth was still being populated. If that argument holds true then murder will now be permitted after all the earth is not still being populated. Cain killing Abel would no longer be wrong.

Then following that process it could be said that murder is hurting someone else though, homosexuality is not. If we search the Bible, sin is not cordoned off to only those things that hurt others (not that homosexuality can not). It talks about in Matthew 5:28 that the lusts we dwell on in our mind ARE sin and they are not affecting others. So the argument that murder would still be wrong because it hurts someone and homosexuality doesn’t…well, it just doesn’t hold water.

A city was destroyed, Sodom and Gomorrah, because it was filled with such wickedness as the crowd that surrounded Lot’s house demanding the men (angels) be handed to them to have relations with (Genesis 19:3-5).

It says in Romans 1:26 and 27 ”Because of this God gave them over to shameful lust. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves their due penalty for their perversion”. Natural is obvious. Men and women’s bodies were made to fit together. They are truly like a puzzle. The oneness that a husband and wife share is the closest that we can physically be to another person here on earth. This verse is very clear about what unnatural relations are. This is far from the only verse in the Bible about Homosexuality, but the only verse I will delve into right now.

Jesus says himself in Matthew 21 & 22, “Another disciple said to Him, ‘Lord first let me go and bury my father.’ But Jesus told him ‘Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.’ ” This wasn’t said to cause pain, but to show us that this life is temporary and the way of following God is not easy. It may not be easy to see and admit when we have been doing something for years that we should have seen was against God’s will, but then we all face that at some time in our lives. We may scream and fight, we may struggle and be blinded, but the truth of God does not waiver. The truth may not be easy, but it is always right.

God loves us and does want what is best for us. Not all that feels good in the temporal sense (remember we are not temporary beings) is good and right in the eyes of God. This life is just a blip. God does know what is best and the truth is the truth, even if we choose not to see it. If a tree falls in the forest, but no one is there, does it still make a sound? Yes, like God’s laws, the laws of nature God set in place are there whether we are there with them or not. God’s laws are eternal and truth, whether we believe them or not.

In love we say these things. It is not hate mongering, but concern for our brothers and sisters out of love. Just as I hope someone will love me enough to share with me what I am blinded to. We want to spare others the pain that sin will and does create. Wanting to spare them from the pain caused by not having the joy and purity of a life based on the truth of God’s word. When the blinds have come off my eyes I feel a weight drop from my shoulders…it’s a burden…of sin being lifted that I didn’t even know was there.

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