The following essay in under contruction.

Some common but ill-contrived arguments

Many people belive that homosexuality is something God hates and thus we ought to hate as well. I believe most of these people have not thought through their convictions as I had not until a few years ago. I can respect peoples opinions if they are well thought out. But I have alot of trouble sympathising with someone who thinks homosexuality is an abomination to God only becasue that is what he as been told from his childhood.

This short essay attempts to address some of the most common justifications people might give who are opposed to homosexuality because of their Christian convictions.

Homosexuality is WRONG simply because the Bible says it is in at least one place.

If the Bible were taken literally, there would be lots of things outlawed,

If someone wants to be consistant about his observance of Biblical restrictions and prohibitions, then he must also preach and practice abstinance from many other activities that are commonplace in our society. With a few exceptions, most people are not willing to apply the morality of the Bible to their lives today.

Homosexuality is WRONG because the Bible mentions it and condemns it many times.

Actually, except for the case above, the Bible does not really ever condemn homosexuality. And in the case above, most people do not accept the instructions anyway because they also like to do other abominable things such as wear poly-cotton blends and eat oysters.

There are several cases where some translations of the Bible mention homosexuality, but when you look at the context or research the words from the original language, you find that what was really being condemned were things like idolotry, prostitution, and rape.

Never mind that the Bible is not conclusive, Homosexuality is WRONG because you feel in your heart that it is.

This type of theology ultimitely is subjective, i.e., not scripturaly objective. It says, "Go with your heart." And that it is left up to the individual as to what is right or wrong for himself. Thus, no one else can judge the heart of another person.

The story of Sodom and Gomarah give a clear illustration that God hates homosexuailty.

Actually, it does no such thing. If you reread the story critically, you see that God destroyed the city for its excessive wickedness, and the lack of righteous men there. If Lot had been able to find even five righteous men, the city would have benn spared. Moreover, Ezekiel 16:48-50 explains what the sins of Sodom were. It mentions lots of things, but never does it mention homosexuality.

Ezekiel 16:48-50 -- As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, your sister Sodom and her daughters never did what you and your daughters have done. "`Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.

The Bible claims Homosexuality is unnatural, therefore it is WRONG.

The word natural is fairly ambiguous in this statment. Does it mean appearing elsewhere in nature? Does it mean according to God's original design? Does it imply no biological/genetic link? Would the discover of a gay gene show that it is infact natural for some people?

This argument is not valid, in my opinion, because whether something is natural or un-natural has nothing to do with whether God loves it or hates it. E.g., we are called on many times in the Bible to do very un-natural things, like fasting, and turning the other cheek.

A homosexual orientation is not WRONG, but the homosexual sins when he acts on his urges.

Thus, this statement claims that gay people must either to

AIDS is Gods punishment on homosexuals.

Lesbians have a much lower incidence of AIDS than even heterosexuals. So if AIDS were Gods wrath onto homosexual men, then it would also be his blessing of approval on lesbians. I find it hard to believe that anyone would actually think AIDS shows God's judgement or blessing on anyone.

The Bible has nothing positive to say about homosexuality or homosexuals

What do some other people have to say?

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