Thursday, September 26, 2013

A Taboo Topic

Matthew 19:1-6

King James Version (KJV)
19 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan;
And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.
The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

The Lord has been prodding me to write about something that I've been avoiding.  Homosexuality.  I have been avoiding this because it is such a hot topic and because I have little or no expertise.

Many people who support gay marriages try to claim that Jesus never said homosexuality is a sin.  I will concede that most people who say this don't understand that Jesus and God the Father are one in the same, or that God wrote the Bible using the hands of willing men and women.  Although Jesus was directly addressing divorce (another sin, by the way) he also covered homosexuality by quoting Genesis 2:24.

In my post We Can Choose to Love? I said if love were not a choice then same-sex relationships would be a myth.  Let me explain this.  If love were not a choice we would always be doing love God's way and God doesn't recognize same-sex marriage.  But since it is a choice we choose who we love and how we love them.

Now I am not saying that we will not find homosexuals in heaven when we get there.  I absolutely do believe there will be some there.  Some people will overcome these temptations but most will struggle their entire lives and never fully overcome.  If a person, regardless of his or her sin, truly and sincerely accepts God's free gift of salvation through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and repents of his or her sins that person will be found in heaven.

And to the people who believe God hates gays; you're very, very wrong.  God love all of us.  It is our sins that He hates.  It is because of our sins that the sinless Son of God chose to die for us.  Everyone is capable of repentance, but everyone must choose it for him or herself.

John 3:16
King James Version (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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