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Friday, September 16, 2005

I Do..... Not



Some describe Paul as homophobic. He says homosexuality is "not natural," even "shameful." He stops only a hair shy of name-calling when he implies that practicing homosexuals are perverts: receiving "due penalty for their perversion" (Romans 1:27).
Creative Bible interpreters say that when Paul spoke of "unnatural" sexual behavior he was condemning homosexual acts by heterosexuals. But this interpretation doesn't come from Paul. It comes from the prevailing belief today that homosexuality is natural for some people.
As politically incorrect as it may be, when Paul says homosexual acts are unnatural, he means they're sinful, they're contrary to God's plan. Paul is repeating what God revealed to Moses more than a thousand years earlier. For along with prohibiting adultery, incest, and having sex with animals, God said: "It is disgusting for a man to have sex with another man" (Leviticus 18:22). "It is an abomination."
Even if homosexual tendencies are determined by genetics or by events in life, and therefore we are not responsible for our sexual desires, we are responsible for our actions. And though it would seem unfair for God to place such a burden on human beings, people in this sin-damaged world carry a wide variety of burdens.
"If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens," Jesus once said, "come to me and I will give you rest. Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from me" (Matthew 11:28-29).
Whatever the burden, Jesus promises to help us carry it and learn from it.



That was taken from a book I have; How To Get Into The Bible, page 338.

2 Comments:

  • At 1:03 AM, Blogger John Mark said…

    Good points. But don't forget to hear Paul's words in Romans 1 condemning homosexuals and idolaters with the immediately following words in Romans 2, "You ... have no excuse...because you do the same thing."

    Paul assumes that homosexuality is a sin, but his point isn't to single out homosexuals. It's to point out that they are sinners and we who might like to judge them are just as wicked and in need of the saving work of Christ.

    Homosexual? Idolater? Nicely dressed churchgoer? It doesn't really matter. All of us are condemned until we've experienced Christ's forgiveness.

     
  • At 1:09 AM, Blogger 4given4ever said…

    You are absolutely right. And one sin is just as bad as the next. SIN IS SIN no matter what it is. And we need to wrap our arms around each other; gays, white, black, Islam, Muslim, whatever, and love each other just as Jesus loves us, every one of us.

     

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