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Aug
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comment if homosexuality is a sin, why isn't abstinence?
@Jay I've also had a heterosexual family member die of AIDS. Whether or not homosexuality causes AIDS is a scientific debate--not pertinent to Christianity or the Bible.
Aug
3
comment if homosexuality is a sin, why isn't abstinence?
fair enough, I suppose
Aug
3
comment if homosexuality is a sin, why isn't abstinence?
Are you talking about the assumption that homosexuality is a sin? Because I was under the impression that within the scope of Christianity, the sinfulness of any act and the reasons therewith were objectively verifiable via the Bible.
Aug
3
comment Is it a sin to be a transgender person?
Not true. Given that what is and isn't a sin is fully enumerated in the Bible. Which is a objective, expository source, and claims therewith are fully verifiable and subject to citation.
Aug
3
comment if homosexuality is a sin, why isn't abstinence?
There was no attempt to solicit a debate. I just clarified my question in response to your downvote and your reason therewith.
Aug
3
comment Is it a sin to be a transgender person?
We don't hold opposing views. What makes this any different than when a person is born with cancer? Just because someone was born a certain way does that mean that God intended it?
Aug
3
comment if homosexuality is a sin, why isn't abstinence?
How is a homosexual act using the power to procreate? If it does not have the power to procreate, how is it using said power? It seems to fall under the same category as sexual acts other than intercourse. And what I am saying is that to say homosexuality is wrong on the grounds that it does not result in procreation is contradictory--because it would imply that anything that doesn't result in procreation is a sin. What sets homosexuality apart from any other act that does not result in procreation? And I challenge you to find fallacy in such a question.
Aug
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comment Is it a sin to be a transgender person?
No, I mean who is to say that we're not both right?
Aug
3
comment Is it a sin to be a transgender person?
I guess a chat would be good. I don't want to get into too many more details here, since I know this is a not-so-well understood topic--even outside the Christian community. I'll also modify the question to make it more impartial, so as to avoid any "potentially awkward" discussions coming up in this thread. But, a chat room would be cool :)
Aug
3
comment Is it a sin to be a transgender person?
Because this argument that this is an "advice" question is so prolific, then from here on out I will speak in the third person (even though it really doesn't make a difference...the question is the same), so as to alleviate the perception of a partiality towards myself. The thing that makes this such a difficult question to answer is that who is to say that God didn't intend for a transgender person to be his/her preferred gender, just as He intended someone born with cancer not to have cancer?
Aug
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comment Is it a sin to be a transgender person?
@Mike Yes, I was born male but am now fully accepted as female. I have breasts (they're real), but have not gone through any kind of surgery (nor do I intend to). The difficulty that I have with this question though is that I'm a virgin, and am not attracted to men. Does the Bible say anything about that?
Aug
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comment Is it a sin to be a transgender person?
@DJClayworth I'm not seeking advice, nor do I need it. My question is strictly impartial. What I am asking is whether or not it is a sin, which can be answered completely objectively and bears no contingency on my personal connection to the issue. That being said, what I am asking is what the Bible says about it, as I have seen nothing about the subject mentioned in the Bible.
Aug
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comment Is it a sin to be a transgender person?
Makes sense, I suppose. So even when guys get vasectomies in their 40's after they're married, that's a sin? It never occurred to me that that might be a sin
Aug
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comment Is it a sin to be a transgender person?
I'm really glad that you see me as no different than anyone else :) I agree, being a good person and being obedient to God are two different things. I think I should have rephrased the question though. I meant to ask, "Am I sinning by being a transgender person?"
Aug
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comment if homosexuality is a sin, why isn't abstinence?
So that brings me to the question, what defines "sex"? Obviously the Bible has never strictly defined what sex is, so it seems that many people have made their own ad hoc assumptions about it. But, without getting into gritty details, my understanding is that sexual intercourse as the Bible defines it is between a man and a woman. Therefore how does homosexuality fall under the category of sex, such that doing it out of wedlock is adultery? And how can you compare it to sex between a man and a woman?
Aug
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comment if homosexuality is a sin, why isn't abstinence?
So what negative side effects does homosexuality have? Who gets hurt from that?