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4 comments | Wednesday, November 01, 2006

A couple of days ago I received a message on myspace from my friend Terrance, who had been sent an e-mail of an article that was published in his undergraduate newspaper entitled "The Bible and the Homosexual" .

As you might have already guessed, the usual scriptures that supposedly condemn homosexuality were tossed around as if they had been written and verbalized by Jesus Christ himself.

The topic of religion and homosexuality is and will always be a sensitive topic for most people. The sad part is that a large majority of people don't study the origins of the text, but instead opt to believe everything they read and hear as truth.

How many times have you heard the church mother say, " Jesus said it and I believe it". I believe that practical knowledge and common sense should be applied to any document that's thousands of years old and has been translated more times than we can count.

Terrance wrote a response to the article and I think it's something everyone should read. The thing that impressed me the most about his response was that he didn't allow his emotions and the tired christian rhetoric we're all too familiar with deter him from stating the facts.

I'm extremely proud of Terrance, it takes courage to stand up against religious bigotry. I'll see you on the battlefield my brotha. The Response


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I read the response and I find it very disturbing. I have my criticisms:

1. I fully understand that the gay community is hurt to see the Church, which they so happen to love and drawn to know by fellowship through childhood is denouncing and levying that their sexual practices are sinful and carnal in nature. However, the bible has been a guide and map for many people for thousands of years. Homosexuality has never been accepted within society, not only within the Christian faith, but also within other cultures and religious faiths worldwide. Would you then say they are wrong too?

2. Terrance only mentioned one scripture about man shall not lie with man from the Old Testament and how that it is heavily used- and it is used correctly! However, this commandment has been repeated also in the New Testament with the Apostle Paul, who also condemns men burning in their lust and having vile affections for another man. The other Apostles that walked with Jesus never condemned Apostle Paul for saying this, did they? If they did not confront and condemn Apostle Paul for saying such things after knowing Jesus and laboring with Jesus and learning Jesus’ teachings, then they must be in agreement and support Apostle Paul. The 12 Apostles were commissioned to preach the Gospel, but to also demand order within the Church and commission those who love God and believe in Jesus Christ to live a chasten and holy lifestyle in order to please God and do his work within the earth. NO homosexual, or any other wicked, immoral person can please God. That also included the straight guys who fornicate, liars, thieves, killers, etc. God does not only condemn homosexuality, but all sorts of evil and sin too. No sin is greater than the other, but homosexuality is the most controversial at this time because of the melting pot and the pressure for acceptance as a legitimate and wholesome lifestyle, which is simply NOT true.

3. Just because “Jesus” did not condemn homosexuality or made no reference to it, doesn’t make it acceptable. Jesus never mentioned a host of other things that happened thousands of years before him within the Old Testament, but that does not mean that it is forgotten or invalid. Jesus came to fulfill the law, not to come and legislate new laws and rules. He can to revise the covenant, a more perfect covenant for mankind to be redeemed with Christ. I was watching Bishop T.D. Jakes last night and he said something that is so true. He mentioned that we are calling wrong as right and right as wrong. We want to have the Church accept our secular, carnal and sinful lifestyle because WE think it is right in our own eyes. When the Church denounce or unwilling to accept these sinful, carnal and secular ways, we get an attitude as if God as offended you. If this is the case, you do not love God or respect Him and no child of His!

November 02, 2006 9:49 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Ooo, looks like the Captain and I are your blog's biggest fans! (You might not know this about me, but I grew up in the bible belt and I went to church and vacation bible school and all that...)

I feel like everyone is focusing on whether homosexuality is a sin or not. The way I see it, everyone has their own interpretation of the Bible. That's why the Amish live their lifestyle, Catholics have their own rituals, Jehovas Witnesses don't take blood transfusions, some people dress this or that way, don't eat this or that, etc, etc. The list goes on forever. What's normal for one religion is a sin in someone else's book.

So let's compare the strictest, most literal reading of the bible vs. the loosest interpretation. Any way you slice it, EVERYONE's a sinner. The Pope is a sinner, Mother Teresa is a sinner. But isn't that exactly WHY God sent Jesus to Earth in the first place? To pay the price of EVERYONE's sins, regardless of definition, size, and frequency? There were no conditions attached. If you sin more or less, God still thought sacrificing Jesus was worth it.

So it doesn't matter if homosexuality is a sin or not, because EVERYONE sins, and everyone's sins are forgiven equally.

I think the real issue is acceptance and compassion. Jesus was all about reaching out to social outcasts - lepers, convicts, adulterers, tax collectors, prostitutes.... the list goes on and on. He accepted them unconditionally, and I believe that any church that believes in Jesus should too. As I recall, he reached out to them in order to show them God's love, not to chastise them. (The only group I remember Jesus openly criticizing was the church itself.)

If you can't accept homosexuals in your church because you think they are vile sinners, I have news for you! All sin is "vile," all sins are forgiven, and if you only want people who don't sin coming to your church, the pews are going to be EMPTY (the pulpit too). Your lack of acceptance reflects your limitations, not Jesus Christ's.

P.S. It's not up to you to decide who is a child of G_d and who isn't. But don't worry, He's not going to hold it against you!

P.P.S. I spelled "G_d" above to point out that some people think that spelling all three letters is a sin- it's considered taking the Lord's name in vain. You might not think so, but others do. :)

November 03, 2006 2:43 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Well said polarchip. I definitely agree with you. Thanks for stopping by my blogspot. I look forward to reading becoming an active participant in your blog as well. Feel free to stop by and respond to Captain's foolishness any day. I've just decided to ignore his crazy ass! lol

November 03, 2006 5:18 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I fully agree that God accepts us all and show His unconditional love. HOWEVER, you guys always miss the next step that homosexuals, especially leave out to discuss. Do you care to share what that is? Let me do the honors. God wants you to come to you as YOU ARE, but NOT to remain as YOU are. This isn't foolish talk, this the the bible, true salvation. You homosexuals always want the things to conform the way YOU guys want it...God doesn't work that way. THERE IS NO DEMOCRACY IN GOD!

November 05, 2006 10:15 PM


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