Leviticus: Old Testament. Our sins were abolished once Jesus died on the cross. Christians no longer go by Leviticus as the Jews still do.
New Testament: Speaks about the promiscuity of all homosexuals as well as heterosexuals. They have taken the meaning of reckless sex and threw it upon all gay people.
The origins of the word "homosexuality" doesn't necessarily mean same gender sex. The passage in the ancient Hebrew is clearly talking about male-male sex acts, specifically anal sex. The issue was penetrating an anus with a penis, this making the penis literally “unclean” to the point of forbidding entry into a vagina.
Sodom and Gomorrah was about rape and humiliation -- not sex between two people who love one another. But Christians will cherry pick this and twist the story around to condemn those who are homosexual.
(If you need further scriptures to reference to everything I am writing about, please feel free to contact me on the side bar.)
So with our handful of homosexual references in the Bible (some not even referring to homosexuals themselves but the act of reckless sex), they never seem to focus on the 100 plus verses on slavery and find it to be "okay" to accept those who are adulterers -- which can be someone divorced while her ex is still alive. In the Bible it talks about divorce being even more sinful than homosexuality, especially if her ex spouse is still alive. The Bible is convoluted with ancient stories that we no longer abide by i.e.: slavery (thank God), and if we were to go by all the rules of the Bible, then what kind of world would we live in? It would be a man-driven society to control the masses -- to control the immorality of people -- even if they're behind closed doors.
And it's all out of fear.
To start the discussion, Gilson provides a brief history of the issues beginning with the sexual revolution of the 1960s. He explains how and why cultural attitudes have reversed on this subject in such a short timespan, leaving Christians scrambling for answers. This is perhaps the most complicated and contentious issue Christians face in today’s culture. Most churches are poorly equipped to handle it; parents are even less prepared. The good news is that parents need not have pat answers ready before they dive into conversations with their teens and preteens on this difficult topic. Learning together―parents struggling through these issues alongside their kids and leading them to biblical answers― has relational benefits. Answers are important, though, so manageable, nontechnical answers to common questions surrounding this issue are provided, as well as a guide to further resources."
|Be careful what you teach your children.|
Mr. Gilson used a term that I sort of chuckled at while being interviewed the other night. He said that gays and lesbians base their relationships on "excessive lust". He primarily focused on the sexual aspects of gay and lesbian relationships. I've always wondered why antigay Christians would totally go right into the sexual aspects of homosexuality. They base some of their premise on the fact that God made men and women to procreate. And yes, while that is true, the Bible never speaks upon same-sex "relationships" -- just the promiscuity of all heterosexual and homosexual people. What if a married heterosexual couple were not able to procreate due to health reasons? Should they divorce since they cannot procreate?
Antigay Christian conservatives mostly focus on tearing apart the LGBT community due to fear alone. In my opinion, this has a great deal to do with their own sexual repression. Most homophobic Christians are homosexuals. They've done hundreds of studies regarding this all proving it to be true. Look at this video below. This was done back in the 90's I believe, but more studies have proven that those who focus on bashing gays or who are just against homosexuality are indeed gay themselves. If you can't view the video, please click here.
When you encourage homophobia, especially teaching people that homosexuality is wrong or "sinful" -- then you're displaying a level fear that goes beyond "protecting" your own children. You're displaying your own fear of homosexuality, your own fear of being gay yourself. How many antigay Christian politicians were caught on Grindr and gay porn sites and even have had gay affairs? You can just Google that info and it's up for grabs. There is no such thing as an "ex-gay" or someone who states that they've had homosexual feelings at one time and one day they magically disappeared. When being asked if it was a choice to be gay, I always ask them, "Was it a choice for you to be straight?" They usually answer, "Of course not!" It works both ways.
The most important commandment is love one another. God doesn’t hate, no matter how many times some “Christian” will sit there and condemn you for being gay. If you're a Christian with a large platform to minister to others, then why would you minister on just one sin? Why would you intensely focus on something that has nothing or zero to do with you? How are homosexuals ruining your life? Why not focus on the real sins of life, like murder, rape, pedophilia, ISIS, Trump. (Had to add that one in.)
My point is: so many knowledgeable Christians are wasting their teaching platforms to instill their own fear upon society. Fear is not of God. The only thing to conquer your fear is through love. Why aren't we showing more of that?