Common Questions about Homosexuality
- Friday, October 26, 2012
In answering your question, “L”, I will begin with the Biblical material and move to the scientific evidence regarding homosexuality. Finally, I will share several thoughts on how we Christians might choose to deal with the subject. Hopefully then you can make your own intelligent decisions.
Let’s examine the biblical material, starting with…
1 Corinthians 6:9-11: “Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
While all of these sins are devastating and dangerously guide people into Hell, we Christians tend to focus most of our attention on homosexuality to the exclusion of the others.
A second passage, Romans 1:24-27 describes God’s judgment on a world which has rejected His personal revelation through nature and the conscience:
“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator-who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the 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 the due penalty for their perversion.”
We see here God’s judgment on a society that abandons Him. He lets it run wild, leading to all sorts of sexual liberties and perversions. The ultimate perversion is the rampant overrunning of society by the gay and lesbian community. We are not waiting for God’s judgment on our American society. Judgment has arrived. We are reaping what we have sown.
Nevertheless, if we are not careful, we will approach this passage with the wrong attitude. We will swell up with a sense of righteous judgment as we see the sin in these passages: “Go get them, God! They deserve judgment!” But, when we see trapped and hurting people in these passages, our hearts will break.
In Romans 1:24-25 the Greek word, Epithumia, translated as “sinful desires” really means a “reaching out after pleasure that defies all reason.” It’s like saying, “What in the world are they doing!!?” It's the way of a society which is so completely immersed in the pursuit of sex that they've ceased to be aware of God at all.
Romans 1:26-27 describes rampant homosexuality as one of the marks of a godless, wicked and abandoned society. “Even the words Paul uses for females (θηλυς)” and “even the males (αρσην)” are not the normal Greek words for men and women. Paul used the animal terms for “male” and “female.” We might expect the males to break out like this—but not the females—and the females are leading the pack! Paul describes homosexuality as using one’s body contrary to nature. According to Paul, a look at one’s sexual apparatus should convince anyone that practices of this kind are not what’s intended.
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