Okay I may be a little bit late for this, but this topic has been so popular lately that I feel as though I can not ignore it. If you disagree with what I am about to say, great! But please don’t stop reading. I would love for you to comment or email me about why you disagree and what you believe. I truly would love to know and understand your reasoning. Because what better way is there for us to grow?
I am a Christian. In saying this I am saying that I have chosen to give up my old self, to turn from my fleshly desires, and to follow Christ. I believe that as a Christian we are called to turn from our sin and repent (Acts 3:19). The Bible does not say that we can have Christ as our Savior but choose to not live for Him. If we want Him as our Savior we must be devoted to Him, we must love Him, we must live for Him. So am I saying that I will never sin again? No, absolutely not. I sin daily; actually I sin multiple times every hour without even trying. But as a follower of Christ I am called to repent (1 John 1:9). This means I am choosing to do my best not to live a sinful lifestyle.
I do believe that everyone has sinned and that all sins deserve punishment (Romans 3:23). Whether it be lying (Colossians 3:9), stealing (Leviticus 19:11), homosexuality (Leviticus 20:13), drunkenness (Galatians 5:21), or whatever your sin of choice is. All sins deserve equal punishment (Romans 6:23). The main difference between lying, stealing, drunkenness and homosexuality is that by living a homosexual lifestyle one is choosing to accept the desires of the flesh. That individual is choosing to not fight their fleshly desires and he/she is choosing to live a lifestyle of sin (Galatians 5:17). Most (not all) other sins are not a lifestyle. As Christians we are called to turn from our fleshly desires and turn towards the things of the Spirit (Romans 8:5).
A lot of people argue that homosexuals are born that way. While I personally have not heard of nor have I found any information backing this up, I believe that it is irrelevant. What I do know is that there are people born with the tendency to be an alcoholic. I have heard of people who are born with the tendency to be a compulsive liar. Does the tendency make it right for them to act on these things? No. Having genes that lean towards these tendencies does not make them good or okay. Regardless of your faith or beliefs, we want to help alcoholics & compulsive liars defeat this struggle. We know that these battles can be self-destructive.
There are a plethora of verses in the Bible that explain what marriage is to look like. The Word tells us that marriage is to be between one man and one woman (1 Corinthians 7:2, Genesis 2:24). And in marriage each spouse has very specific gender related roles (Ephesians 5:32-33, Colossians 3:18). This is what a natural relationship is supposed to look like (Romans 1:27).
The Bible also clearly states what an unnatural relationship looks like. Both the Old and the New Testament state that a man lying with a man or a woman lying with a woman is wrong (Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:27). We also see in Genesis 19 that God was angry with and destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of their desire to have unnatural relations with males (Genesis 19). Some individuals read this chapter and think that Sodom & Gomorrah were destroyed because the men were wanting to have sex with angels. However, if we go to Jude 1:7 we learn that Sodom & Gomorrah were not the only cities practicing unnatural sexual relations. We see that surrounding cities were practicing homosexual relations just like Sodom & Gomorrah. Therefore this argument has to be negated.
If you claim to be a Christian, a follower of Christ, you must not only believe that the Bible is the inherent Word of God, but you must cling to its teachings. You must turn from the ways of this world and hold fast to His teachings. You must be born again (John 3:3).
We cannot be hypocrites (Matthew 23:27). If we as Christians are not pointing people to Jesus, pointing people to Truth, are we fulfilling God’s greatest calling on our life (Matthew 28)? Christians are called to love one another enough to call each other to a higher standard (Ephesians 4:25).
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17).
If your argument is about the Bible and whether or not it is true I will be doing a blog post about that soon. There are so many historical and archeological facts that prove the Bible’s authenticity it is incredible! Even if I wanted to disprove it I could not.
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