Darned if soapyjames didn’t challenge me again!
Well, I guess I took it as a challenge when he asked me if I had written anything on homosexuality.
I see far too much hate for those who wrestle with homosexuality. If one has no gay desires it is easy to think of oneself as a bit more pure than someone that does and it leads to an easy judgment. The Bible says that we should not judge, as to pass sentence, but we “must” judge right and wrong. The word “judge” can have either meaning. That might seem a bit confusing until you apply it to a court proceeding: we are not the judge that passes sentence, but the jury that determines guilt. Too many Christians have tried to pass sentence on someone else’s errors, instead of just determining the error.
Anyway, soapyjames question prompted me to think about sex. You see the basic root of the problem for gay people is sex. Too many times when someone learns something about a subject, they take that information and “go forward” (I hate that phrase. If you are standing at the edge of a cliff, then forward is not the way that you want to go). When I see something new I have made it a habit to turn around with my thoughts and try to thread my way back to the root of the idea to see if it fits the entire Bible.
The Bible is like a jigsaw puzzle in that all of the pieces must fit all of the other pieces. I have a different understanding of sex than anyone that I have ever heard so brace your self, because I am going to “lay it on you”.
If one could be perfect then ALL SEX IS A SIN.
Well, I told you, it was different, didn’t I? So, let me try to explain what I said.
God says that having sex with someone is becoming one with that person: even with a prostitute (1 Cor 6:16 NIV) Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”
God wants to raise us up with Christ. We become one with him only. Becoming one with anyone, or anything else, is wrong.
(Eph 2:13-16 NIV) But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has MADE THE TWO ONE and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself ONE NEW MAN OUT OF THE TWO, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.
If God had made us perfect then we would not have any desire to become one with anyone except Jesus Christ. We would be one of the one hundred forty four thousand that follow Jesus. (Rev 14:4 NIV) “These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb.”
I believe God made the 144,000 different than the rest of us. Not only will they keep themselves from sex, but they will not have any desire for anyone but Jesus. If you even think about having sex with someone it is wrong. (Mat 5:28 NIV) “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Though I can control my actions, I cannot control my thoughts about sex, so the 144,000 are not like me.
Any Israelite woman that had a son or daughter was to bring a sin offering to the priest and that sin offering was for her, not the baby. Having a baby was proof that she had sex, or become one with someone other than Jesus and even if it was with her husband, she needed a sin offering. Yes, I know that someone that lived before Jesus died, could not have become one with him, but that does not change anything. You have to keep in mind that I said perfect as you read what I am saying about sex.
Notice that “anyone” that had sex in the Old testament (under law) was considered unclean. (Lev 15:18 NIV) “When a man lies with a woman and there is an emission of semen, both must bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.” The stipulation of “emission of semen” separated sleeping with a woman and having sex with her.
If you understand that all sex is sin, then you can understand that everyone, except Jesus, was born in sin, or of an unclean act.
So, basically what I am saying is, ‘If you are concentrating on someone else’s sin, such as homosexuality, you would be better off looking at your own sin.
It is one thing to have homosexual desires and another to practice and attempt to justify those desires. Those who practice homosexuality, practice sin, just as those who consider themselves more pure and yet look at women lustfully and sleep with them. Gay people can not justify homosexual sex “because God made me this way” any more than straight people can justify lust “because God made me this way”. Truth is how could we avoid lust in our minds, if we watch movies and TV, whether or not we are homosexual, or straight?