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The question asks "Why do some Christians believe it is moral to be a homosexual?" Because clearly, some do. This is not the place to hold forth on your own beliefs on the matter, this is Stack Exchange, where we answer the question posed. Potentially Valid Reasons Many Christians believe that "being" homosexual (having homosexual sexual tendencies to ...


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The root of the matter is lust. Matthew 5:28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. I would say that the act itself is not the sin, it's the intent of the act.


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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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This is a very difficult issue. And for someone trapped in the chains of sexual sin, there is no easy answer - but there is the stunning grace of God for freedom. I would answer this question by starting with another question: Do you want to live your life seeing how close you can get to sin without actually crossing the line? Are you motivated to be the ...


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The story of Judah and Tamar is an interesting one, to say the least. Judah and Tamar are both explicitly mentioned in Jesus' lineage (Matthew 1 - and Tamar is only one of four women mentioned, all of whom have sordid stories associated with them). In the end, Tamar is going to trick her father-in-law into getting her pregnant, and then avoids death by ...


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No, for a whole lot of reasons. Old Testament Law says that a man who has sex with an unmarried woman has to marry her. That would be unnecessary if having sex made them married. If that were the case, some teacher somewhere would be reminding people that they had to treat the people they had sex with as if they were wives. Tamar has sex with Judah because ...


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This is a very difficult issue. And for someone trapped in the chains of sexual sin, there is no easy answer - but there is the stunning grace of God for freedom. From my other answer, for context: I would answer this question by starting with another question: Do you want to live your life seeing how close you can get to sin without actually ...


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Not every sinful act is spelled out in the ten commandments, but every possible sinful act does fall under one or more of the umbrellas. Rape is adultery as well as theft and envy and does not honor the Lord. That's at least four "counts". How much does one need to know that it's wrong? In the NT we find the ten commandments expounded to include thoughts ...


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Note: This answer comes from the perspective of the Old Testament alone, since the question was in regard to the Ten Commandments and gives no indication that it's seeking a "Christian" perspective, but does give indication that it's seeking a historical perspective (since it references the Ten Commandments). History of the ten Commandments Why is rape not ...


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Sin is not merely defined by one person encroaching on another person's rights. Pride, greed, envy, bitterness, and many other such things are sins, but they do not encroach on anyone else's rights. So, then, why are these considered sins by God? It seems the key point is that each of them is a departure from the righteousness of God. In the case of two ...


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No no, it's not a sin. It could easily become a sin if we pervert that which was intended for good. I believe that Mary's virgin Birth was a testification to the Truth of Christ. Could you imagine what the Catholic church would have done with the Husband? "Father of God" I'm sure that would have been completely chaotic. Who's really the father of God? ...


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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 word porneia is often translated as "fornication". 1 Cor 7:2 (KJV) Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. It's worth noting that more modern translations use "sexual immorality" here instead of "fornication" due to the confusion with that given word. Looking at the English ...


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The OT clearly condemns in Leviticus 18 and 20 ("If a man takes his sister [...] and sees her nakedness [...] it is a disgrace [...] and he shall bear his iniquity."). This is reinforced at other later points, but we do not find record or such a prohibition earlier. Clearly there is no way that the line from Adam and Eve continued for at least the first few ...


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1 Corinthians 6:18 comes to mind which says "Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body" I think this is telling us that asking "where is the line and how close can I get to it" is not the right way to think about it. Rather that we should be seeking to avoid ...


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As with many of these questions, some of the answer is already in the question. You've termed occurrences like this "conditions" - in other words, deviations from the general norm. As with other medical conditions they are a result of The Fall. So the line you quote is correct, God created male and female, very clearly and distinctly. So, how do people ...


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For completeness, here's the Catechism of the Catholic church's take on masturbation: By masturbation is to be understood the deliberate stimulation of the genital organs in order to derive sexual pleasure. "Both the Magisterium of the Church, in the course of a constant tradition, and the moral sense of the faithful have been in no doubt and have ...


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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 ...


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This is all about sex, of course -- in particular, the question of purpose: what it's for. I will preface my answer by saying that contraception is not directly addressed in the Bible, so my answer is going to be primarily theological rather than biblical. Catholicism says that sexual acts, to be moral, must have two purposes: that of expressing and ...


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No. Paul was advocating kicking him out of the Church, not killing him. The fact that it means to kick the person out of the Church is clarified in verse 12: (Emphasis added.) 12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among ...


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Premarital (aka extramarital) sex is fornication, which is sometimes differentiated from adultery. While adultery is specifically forbidden in the 10 Commandments, it would appear the Bible has the same opinion of fornication. There are times when the two terms are used interchangeably as well. All from the KJV: Acts 15:20 But that we write unto them, ...


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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; ...


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It is written in Leviticus 18:6 that it is a sin - None of you shall approach any one of his close relatives to uncover nakedness. I am the LORD. and in 1 Corinthians 5:1 - It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father's wife. The reason that it ...


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I think Matthew 5:27-28 sums it up well, by setting the standard not at sexual immorality, but even at the thought of sexual immorality. Therefore, if lusting after a woman is sin, then surely "less than sex" outside of marriage in a lustful context, is also sin. This means that even kissing, holding hands, or hugging could be sin, if it is done lustfully. ...


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You are asking the wrong question. Even tempting your mind to follow that line of reasoning will leave you open to temptation and making mistakes that need not have been made. Don't imagine that there is a line in the sand that you magically cross if you do one action too much. Don't see how far you can go. Instead, flee. Run the other way. See how far you ...


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The first spoken words of God to humans in the Bible is the command to have sex: Genesis 1:28 "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth..." So it cannot possibly be a sin. (Also, as Nicky Gumbel says on the Alpha course, God is not looking down and thinking, "What ever are they up to?! I didn't intend that at all!")


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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 ...


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The most word used is "porneia" (πορνεία), and according to Strong's means "illicit sexual intercourse" - particularly fornication, or sexual intercourse outside marriage. This of course is the real point here - Paul isn't slamming sexual desire and intercourse as a bad thing - look at Song of Solomon. What he is warning against is sex in the absence of the ...


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When discussing pre-marital sex I think we can even throw out the debate over the translation porneia to fornication. We can look at what the Bible says about sex, which makes the definition of porneia irrelevant because I agree that it isn't a solid case in itself. The Bible states that if a man sleeps with a virgin he is to take her as his wife (Exodus ...


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Why would it be a sin to marry non-virgin? Jesus said that nothing from outside (e.g. not washing of hands before eating) defiles a man but what comes from the heart. Not being a virgin does not make the person impure or a sinner. If the person is a Christian I don't think it would be a sin to marry such person. It would be practical love if a Christian ...



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