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It is quite common for people who identify themselves as homosexual to say that God created them this way. Some way even go so far as to say it was a misfortune that they were born into:

"Unfortunately for me, God made me gay."

This line of reasoning usually continues with - "so I can't do anything about it" - "it's not my fault, it's God's fault that I sin"

Others claim that since they were created that way it must not be a sin.

What does Christianity hold about the way people were created? Does having something in our natures make it not a sin?

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As homosexuality is a sin, it is safe to conclude that God did not "create them this way". Just like God didn't create thieves as such, murderers as such, liars as such, etc.

It is as a byproduct of the fallen world in which we live that Romans 1:26-27 was written:

For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

Whether there are genetic mutations (errors resulting from Adam's first sin) that contribute to some people's homosexual tendencies may be debated. But as to it being God's purpose, intent, or design? No - He did not create them that way.

Genesis 1:26-27 also indicates that it is not God's intent:

Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

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I think this is a good answer that for some reason got burried at the bottom. However I think it could be improved with a note about what Christian traditions this view speaks for and which it does not (there are a couple, and a few on the fence but it should be easy to categorize them). As a question about Christianity, this speaks for a majority but it would paint a more useful picture of Christianity (not just correct doctrine) if it was identified. –  Caleb Nov 29 '12 at 22:15
    
@Caleb - I'm not sure which traditions would disagree ... for example, some baptist churches teach now that homosexuality is not a sin, whereas most teach that it is. –  warren Nov 30 '12 at 15:08
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Any teaching that is different from Gods word is not Gods word. 2 Timothy 4:3> "For there will be a period of time when they will not put up with the wholesome teaching, but according to their own desires, they will surround themselves with teachers to have their ears tickled." –  Jeremy Nov 23 '13 at 15:13
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It's important to examine the basic premise: does "sexual orientation" actually exist in the first place? The concept has become ingrained enough in our culture that we take it for granted, but when you look at history, that wasn't always the case.

What you see in ancient cultures is many different attitudes towards sexuality, and patterns of sexual behavior that strongly reflect their culture's beliefs about what's acceptable. In ancient Rome, where a young boy was considered the sexual ideal, it was common for both men and women of means to take a much younger male lover. (Younger female lovers, not so much. It wasn't part of their culture.) In cultures where women hold the bulk of political and economic power, female/female pairings, particularly involving a younger woman seeking the economic security a wealthy older woman can provide, were far more common than modern statistics on homosexuality would suggest you should see.

It's not very politically correct, but historical evidence strongly suggests that there's no such thing as sexual orientation, only sexual behavior and society's attitudes towards it. So no, God does not create some people as homosexuals and others as heterosexuals.

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You are a wealth of knowledge... Once again, I would be interested in some references to these historical views for further reading. –  Flimzy Aug 30 '11 at 13:59
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References would help. –  TRiG Aug 30 '11 at 22:28
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The role of society does nothing at all to describe the presence or absence of a sexual orientation. While it may have some notes on historic culture, it does not really discuss the question at hand, IMO. –  Marc Gravell Sep 1 '11 at 11:57
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In equal measure - sexual orientation is pretty much surmised by "the relative gender to which a person is sexually attracted"; it is therefore ludicrous to argue that it doesn't exist, given that I can easily find lots of people (of all orientations) to specify an answer. Trying to disprove (especially based on historical activity, and noting the reasons i.e. prosperity - hint: what we do to ensure survival is not always representative of our personal choices) the existence of such is not a constructive thing to do, and does a disservice to the community. –  Marc Gravell Sep 1 '11 at 12:04
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@Marc: The question wasn't about feelings or preferences; it was about whether God creates people as homosexual by nature. Both historical and modern sociological evidence suggests that sexual preference is not an inherent part of one's nature ("an orientation") at all, but a choice influenced by many factors, and one that can and does change. –  Mason Wheeler Sep 3 '11 at 20:59
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I think that since God finds homosexuality detestable, it would be safe to assume that God does not create people in a manner that he finds detestable.

We see in Leviticus 20:13 that he finds it detestable:

13 “‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

In the New Testament, there is Romans 1:26-27

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

With those two in mind, I think it's safe to say that God would not create something that he finds "detestable".

Supporting this is this:

1 John 1:5 (NIV)

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

Since there is no darkness or evil in God at all, he cannot create evil--he does not create that which is detestable to him.

Furthermore, (as warren pointed out), we are made in God's image (Genesis 1:26). Since there is no darkness in God, it can be clear that we, created in His image, were not created with darkness in us. God did not create us this way.

Therefore, no. Per the bible, God did not create some people as homosexual.

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I'd be very interested in seeing your input on this question: Are some people created to go to hell? - as your viewpoint that God does not make people in a manner he finds detestable is the opposite of the highest voted answer in that thread –  Mark Henderson Aug 30 '11 at 20:32
    
God would not create something that he finds "detestable". He created man which is the most detestable thing on Earth. –  Steve Robbins Aug 30 '11 at 21:42
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When he created man, we were not detestable, but sinless and perfect. It was man's choice in the Garden of Eden that made us detestable. –  Richard Aug 30 '11 at 21:56
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@Richard, if we were perfect there, why did we choose to sin? –  beetstra Aug 31 '11 at 11:53
    
@beetstra That is a fabulous question! However, this is not the place for such a large answer. Instead, I'm going to steal your thunder and post that as a question myself! Here it is: christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/1378/… –  Richard Aug 31 '11 at 12:30
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This answer is based on the doctrine of original sin as held by at least Lutheranism. Related question: Are we born sinners?

There are, in fact, two important questions here. One explicit, one implicit.

The explicit question

Does God create some people heterosexual and others homosexual?

As other answerers have meritoriously pointed out, the Bible depicts homosexual acts as an abomination.

Romans 1:26-27 (ESV)
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

1 Corinthians 6:9 (ESV)
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,

Leviticus 18:22 (ESV)
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.

Remember what God said when he looked at the creation, after creating man:

Genesis 1:31 (ESV)
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

No, I don't believe God created anyone homosexual, triggered to do what he sees as an abomination. But do read on...

The implicit question

Are some people born heterosexual and others homosexual?

How God created us and how we were born are two entirely separate matters. God created us perfect, but in the Fall of Man, Adam and Eve chose sin and the entire humankind after that is born with original sin.

Psalm 51:5 (ESV)
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.

We are born sinners, even though God did not create us such.

I don't know how this actually works. It might be that all of us are born perverted in some way: one prone to murder, one to lie, one to steal, one to be proud, one to have extramarital sex, one to have homosexual sex. Being born in such a way wouldn't make the action right, though more understandable.

Praise the Lord for carrying the burden of our sins, for we are indeed full of sin!

Conclusion

God did not create any of us sinners, yet we all are.

Some of us might be born homosexual. The Bible doesn't clearly state either way, and we're still waiting for conclusive scientific research.

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while I think the word "perverted" is out of place there (a bit unhelpful as a word), I find it odd that many Christians are so fixated on just one item out of your list, but not so much about the others. –  Marc Gravell Apr 14 '12 at 17:15
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One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?” But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use? What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory — even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? -- Romans 9:19-24 (NIV)

This goes quite hand-in-hand with "Are some people created to go to Hell?", a question over which there is quite a bit of debate.

Rather than choosing to "blame God" for it though, let's look simply at the facts. The simple fact is that Paul said it was better not to marry at all (1 Corinthians 7:6-7, 38). What he says here is to go against your human nature, and follow God with your whole heart, regardless of your desires. He also concedes that if you cannot refrain from sexual immorality, that you should marry.

There are two aspects of the homosexuality issue that have to be addressed in order to fully answer "Does God make some people homosexual?" The first issue that I would like to address is the mental aspect (psychological). I have quite a few homosexual friends and family members. In every case, each of these individuals has deep-rooted issues with their parents for one reason or another, rooted very specifically in the physical and emotional.

There are loads of different things ranging from watching others be abused, being abused themselves (not necessarily sexually), or just an absolutely terrible relationship or complete lack of a loving relationship with a parent or parents. I have confirmed this theory in at least seven of my homosexual friends. Did God cause each of these confirmed circumstances that led to homosexual desires? Once again debatable, but the first fact here is that the homosexual tendency stems not from nature, but rather from nurture. It's an inability to cope with previous emotional distress brought on by parents and role models.

The second aspect of homosexuality is the spiritual aspect. God's command was to be fruitful and multiply, and homosexual relationships are incapable of producing offspring. The human body is not designed for homosexual relationships physically. Thanks to a sin nature brought on by Adam's sin, we have desires that are outside of the scope that God created us for.

There are lots of things that we do that are harmful or just "aren't good" things to do, yet our sin nature leads to do those things, even to the point of our own destruction. One could just as easily say "God made me an alcoholic." but the simple fact is the alcoholic wasn't born with a bottle in his mouth. Nor was the smoker born with a cigarette in his mouth. We all have strong desires that result from our sin nature that we have a choice to either give in to or resist. As an example of this, I have a homosexual friend who after years of homosexuality came to Christ. He openly admits to still having those desires. However, he resists them, avoids situations that could lead to temptation, and does his best to live for God.

It's no easier or harder for a homosexual to live for God than anyone else with a sin nature (all of us). We simply cannot give place to the Devil and blame God for our actions. In reality, does it matter if God made you with homosexual desires? Does it matter if God made you with the tendency to become an alcoholic? I posit that the only thing that matters is that you resist that temptation.

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"It's an inability to cope with previous emotional distress brought on by parents and role models." This is not only pseudoscientific bullshit, it's deeply damaging pseudoscientific bullshit, which can cause all kinds of pain to people. Knock it off. –  TRiG Apr 14 '12 at 19:55
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I realize I'm bringing back an old post, but I think this question should have this scripture in it. God did not create us to be homosexual. That is why the first humans where man and women.

If God created man and women, then gave a very straightforward commandment against homosexuality, do you think he would make within people that desire? By making that law, God shows that he never intended us to do such things.

Here are a couple scriptures to support this:

Numbers 23:19

"God is not a mere man who tells lies, Nor a son of man who changes his mind. When he says something, will he not do it When he speaks, will he not carry it out?"

James 1:13:

"When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.” For with evil things God cannot be tried, nor does he himself try anyone."

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