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HOMOSEXUALITY: SHOULD FAITH REFLECT CURRENT THINKING?
A blog reader, John,
commented that Christianity as a "progressive religion" has to open up to new
thinking and challenges today:
"Why I say this is
because homosexuality, transgender, lesbian, bisexual issues are prevalent today. The Catholics are dead against it, but here we have the Anglican Bishop
Gene Robinson who is openly a homosexual. Now who is right and who is wrong?
Could God the Almighty who
created men and women, Heaven and Earth, have made a genetic mistake? Or is
homosexuality a sin?"
God created man as male and
female with distinctive features and having a natural affinity for the opposite
sex. God put in man sexual urges and desires for the opposite sex.
God condemns unnatural sex
both in the Old and New Testament. He sent fire and brimstone to rain down on
Sodom because its inhabitants practised sodomy.
Romans 1:26-27 states very
clearly: Because of this, God gave
them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for
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.
As to whether we are born
gay, many of the initial studies, which were highly touted as "proof"
for a biological (genetic) basis for homosexuality, have been contradicted
later by more thorough studies.
The Bible states very clearly
that there is no provision for any alternative lifestyle for sexual fulfillment
apart from a monogamous, heterosexual relationship between a man and a woman
who are committed to one another by marriage.
Though the Bible is firm and
unequivocal in its stand on homosexuality, how we approach the homosexual as a
person is strikingly different. We hate the practice as the Bible does not
condone it. But we love the homosexual, putting ourselves in his or her shoes,
that he or she has already suffered enough, having to face the pressure from
Just as how Jesus dealt with
the loose women who crossed His path, we must treat the homosexual with
love, compassion, empathy and a non-judgmental attitude. We need to treat
sexual sins, such as homosexuality, as if they are non-sexual ones such as
greed or lying. God’s forgiveness is equally open to those who commit sexual or