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There's an entire Wikipedia post regarding this subject. (Thus it's my source as it's easily referenced.) 1 Leviticus 20:13 is the first: 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. 2 Genesis 18-19 has the ...


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From Romans 1, we understand that homosexual activity is a result of a people who know God, but choose not to glorify Him as God. In other words, it is a symptom of a society that has rejected God. From a theological point of view, a Christian could oppose gay marriage on the grounds that his government is, acting on his behalf, calling "evil good and good ...


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1. What you "are" is irrelevant Let us first distinguish between being a member of a class - in this case homosexuals - and engaging in any sort of behavior. For many people, being a member of the class "homosexual" means having feelings in one direction or another. In no event would a "temptation" towards a certain behavior be taken as exclusion. James ...


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You are correct in stating that there are no recorded teachings of Jesus on homosexuality. However, to suggest that this means there is disagreement between Paul and Jesus is unreasonable, since it is comparing something to nothing. It is certainly wrong to assume that Jesus disagreed with Paul on that just because He never explicitly indicates His ...


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In addition to Richard's post, it's important to keep Acts 15 in mind. The clearest and most unambiguous prohibitions against homosexual acts in the Bible come from the Law of Moses. It's frequently pointed out that the Law was fulfilled in Christ and Christians aren't expected to be held to its many precepts and prohibitions, such as being forbidden to ...


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The motivations for protests against homosexuality differ based on the group, and as such the answers must be tailored to the groups. It should also be mentioned that overall (meaning as a percentage) relatively few Christians tend to take part in these protests, for precisely the reason you state. Furthermore, there are several Christian denominations ...


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In general Romans 12:16-21 (ESV) 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, ...


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If we believed that Christianity was merely a good way to live, then there might be a justification for simply adhering to a "live and let live" philosophy such as it pertains to society and social issues. But it's not; rather Christianity is the expression of God's plan of salvation for a fallen creation, and our moral code is the expression of God's ...


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John Piper recently addressed a portion of this question in the context of Minnesota's "Same-Sex Marriage Amendment". Having listened to his sermons on Romans 1 and other statements by him, the following principles are his consistent teaching on the question: Marriage is created and defined by God in the Scriptures as the sexual and covenantal union ...


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Quite simply, no, it's not fair to say that. I do not know Hebrews, but I do know that in Greek, the word anthropos indicates a generic man or person, while aner means specifically a person who is male. If we went through the entire Bible and applied an exclusive gender wherever it said "man", it would be nonsensical. Whoever sheds the blood of man, by ...


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From canonical Scripture alone, I don't think that argument could be made. The mosaic law clearly forbids homosexuality in Leviticus 18:22, making it a sin in God's eyes. If Jeus came, and fulfilled the law, which he said he did, in Matthew 5:17-18, then that would have to mean that he followed the entirety of the law to the letter, including the ...


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Jesus said to keep the commandments, including the commandment against Adultery (Matthew 19:16–19) The commandments against adultery form the basis for the Catholic teaching against homosexual acts and all sexual acts outside of marriage. These teachings all fall under an explanation of the sixth commadnment: Chastity and homosexuality ...


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Many people like to have some kind of sin not categorized as sin. This question about Homosexuality is repeatedly asked by many, But bible clearly says that Homosexulal or Men having sex with Men will not enter in to the Kingdom of God. I also do not understand why no one refers to this passage written by Paul, which gives maximum clarity Read 1 ...


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To directly answer the question: The key claim here tends to be the assertion that Christianity (via Judaism) defines marriage (itself a tenuous claim, with polygamy being common, and no formal final definition) and pre-dates civil institutions (claimed since if you use the Biblical account, marriage goes right back to genesis, therefore to the start). And ...


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I don't know anyone who says that he believes homosexual marriage is bad but homosexual sex in general is okay. The nature of the current legal debate is that homosexuals are demanding a change in the laws regarding marriage, which some who believe homosexuality to be a sin are opposing. If I understand you correctly, you are saying that you see an ...


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I think you've given a very good argument why it's implausible to theorize that homosexuality is a sin because it does not produce children. I agree: that line of reasoning doesn't hold up. But that's not the only conceivable (no pun intended) reason why the Bible would say that homosexuality is a sin. The easiest answer would be to say, "it just is, just ...


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If Jesus did not in fact say that, it doesn't mean that Paul and Christ are in contradiction with one another. Not saying something does not mean acceptance or approval. That said, Jesus has made a stand and voiced opposition against homosexuality. Just not while He was performing his ministry here on earth. First, Jesus is God: John 8:58 - Jesus said to ...


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I think this has to do with whether biblical laws should apply to non-Christians or not. 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 (ESV) 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13 God judges those outside. "Purge the evil person from among you." So, we should not seek to judge outsiders. Not even by ...


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To very briefly summarize one point of view: Old testament: These are understood as a purity law that was meant for Israel, alongside the other "abominations" like eating shellfish. New testament: These are references to the adult male / young boy relationships that were rampant at the time in Greek and Roman culture, and understanding them to mean all ...


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The Catholic Church understands these verses in the context both of the rest of the chapter and of statements made about the responsibility of public authorities in the rest of the Bible. The New American Bible, Revised Edition, reads for Romans 13:1–2: Let every person be subordinate to the higher authorities, for there is no authority except ...


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I'm pretty sure this has been covered here before but... The problematic interpretation here is not the second of the two you mention it us the first. Neither passage is a teaching passage about what is right or wrong expression of sexuality. Both passages are narrative of events that happened and both events are condemned. The Genesis passage is not a ...


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Good question.  The question really asks to what degree should government impose the truth on the world. The Bible does condemn homosexuality but it does not in my view vilify the homosexual beyond the sins of any regular sinner, in which it accuses everyone.  I say this because I do not think it s Biblical for homosexuals to feel more sinful than thieves, ...


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I would first like to thank you for asking in a polite and constructive way! The following answer is based on my experience as a member of a congregation which is accepting of QUILTBAG people - a category which includes the minister - and their loving relationships; not everyone is in favour of same-sex marriage, but we've talked about it quite a bit. I have ...


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There is an implicit suggestion in your question that ordained clergy should not be associating with sinners in this question. Theologically, that implicit suggestion is nearly impossible to square with the example of Jesus. As one example of many, consider Mark 2: 15 And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were ...


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In answering What is a Christian's justification for a legal prohibition of homosexual marriage?, I wrote: This is an active endorsement of a sin, as opposed to mere toleration as would be the case with merely allowing activities that are otherwise sinful. Indeed, all of what is listed could be considered adiaphora - it is clearly not good stuff, and ...


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You're not going to like this answer, but that's because I think the premise is flawed. Why is homosexuality given a standing all its own? What's wrong with the other hundreds of works and confessions by Reformed thinkers regarding sin? The question is not one of legality, but one of morality. Speaking from a Reformed Baptist perspective (I know, not truly ...


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You could make a Biblical argument for Jesus being asexual and showing affection (but not sexual desire) to both genders. John 13:25 Luke 7:44 It's not possible to make a Biblical argument for him expressing either heterosexuality or homosexuality. It would have been perfectly acceptable for Jesus to be married and have children under Jewish and Christian ...


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In Catholic teaching, I believe the distinction was always there, although I am sure the idea of what sexual orientation actually is has developed along with our understanding of the subject in general Like the distinction between instinctive lust/desire and indulging in it mentally or physically, so the distinction with homosexual attraction and indulging ...


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The Apostle Paul seems to address this particular question quite specifically: 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, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will ...


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Exodus International, and its founder, Alan Chambers, recently made news by very publicly changing its methodology of helping to change homosexual orientations. Once derisively called "pray away the gay," Exodus' insistence that homosexual orientation can be changed through prayer has been abandoned. Futhermore, on June 19, 2013, Exodus International ...



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