Is it a disease to be homosexual? Are there gay/lesbian cure? Why Catholic Church is against homosexuality?

Now gays and lesbians can get married in New York. Few other states also legalized homosexual marriages in US. Throughout the world there are several people against homosexuality, gays and lesbians. Many parents are anxiously searching if there is any cure for gays and lesbians. Above all, many homosexuals and the society feels that church is against gays and lesbians. I will address all these points in this article.

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Is it a disease to be a gay or lesbian?

In order to understand this, you have to understand what a disease is. Do you know what is dyslexia? Dyslexic people have difficulty in learning and effects skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. It may sound like a minor problem, but being dyslexic is a very difficult situation esp. for children. Here is an interesting article about dyslexia. The cause for dyslexia is that they have a unique brain architecture and wiring. Being dyslexic doesn't mean they are stupid. Dyslexic people have higher IQ and are very successful. Here is a list of successful dyslexic people.

Is dyslexia a disease? Is there a medical treatment for dyslexia? Dyslexia is not a disease. Even if it is defined as a disease, medical science don't have a treatment to change the brain architecture. (unfortunate truth is that modern medicine don't cure disease, it just kills the symptoms). What is done now is to give special training for dyslexic people to come up. For instance schools in UK give special arrangements for dyslexic people.

Situation of homosexuals is very similar to dyslexic people. A study in UK and Sweden reported that homosexuals have a different brain architecture. Here is the link which summarizes the findings.

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-7988.html/

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=5176866&page=1

Hence, please don't treat homosexuals as diseased people. They just have a different neural wiring in the brain. It is not their fault. The weakness of dyslexic people is compensated by higher IQ than normal people. Similar is the case of homosexuals. Homosexual people is reported to have a higher IQ level than the average population.

http://www.springerlink.com/content/n419086597436h16/

So, even though gays and lesbians are a bit different than the rest of the population, they do have some strengths over others. Hence dear friends, please don't outcast homosexuals. They are not sick people.

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Why Catholic Church is against homosexuality?

While flying from Boston to Frankfurt, I asked a Jewish teenager sitting next to my seat, if I could get converted to Jewish. He replied that Jews welcome all, unlike catholic church which does not like gays and lesbians.

I have never read any official article that says, church does not welcome gays and lesbians. According to my understanding church is against the act of homosexuality and not homosexuals.

Have you ever felt urged to steal a piece of chocolate from the grocery store? "A kleptomaniac is someone who steals a lot but not particularly for monetary gain". The situation of Kleptomaniac is very similar to dyslexic or homosexuals; they have a different brain set up. It is not their fault. However the act of Kleptomanic is wrong and is punishable. God loves us all in the way we are. If we have weakness, he gives us enough strength to over come that. Even though we fail several times in our weakness, he gives us strengh to try again. This is the love of God I know. Many people quote BIble and says God punishes homosexuals. If they had read Bible in the right context, they would understand that God hates the act of homosexuality and not the gays and lesbians. There is no greater commandment in Bible than to love one another'.

So, please don't take it wrong. Church is not against gays or lesbians but the homosexual act. Don't get disappointed if any Bishop has talked in condemning manner about homosexuals. There are several Bishops who have been involved in scandals in the Church. More over, Church is not headed by Bishop or Pope. They are just the appointed leaders. Jesus Christ is the leader of catholic church. So never feel rejected or isolated. God loves us all, including gays, lesbians, dyslexic as well as kleptomaniacs.

Cure for Gays and Lesbians?

In western world there is no government laws that forbids a heterosexual person to have sex with multiple partners. It is also not illegal to live together before getting married. These man made rules change over time and will be different from one place to another. The reason is that there is no frame of reference. For instance if a 13 year old girl tell her mom that she is moving out with her boyfriend and want to have a child in few months, most mothers will tell that "no,this is not the right time for that you should concentrate in your studies". Well, if she is smart she will tell her "Mom, in your perspective this is not the right time. But in my views, this is the right time". It is difficult to judge who is right and who is wrong as each one of them have their own prespective about the moral laws.

What is lacking here is a frame of reference that is solid. The moral code that the church teaches has been the same for the last 2000 years. Kingdoms came and went. Countries are formed and disappeared but the laws of the Church remained the same. Adultery is a sin as well as fornication. Most catholics have the complete freedom according to the law of the country to have sex with as many people as they want. However, most devot catholics control their desires and obey the commandments of God given through Church.

I can understand the feelings of gays and lesbians. They have the similar feeling as a straight man feels towards a beautiful women. Most good heterosexuals could control themselves. I believe if homosexuals really desire it, they too can abstain from homosexual acts, in order to have eternal life and to live in the love of God.

The best cure that lasts is prayer and counselling. The best person who can help is Holy Spirit. He is the promised 'helper' who strengthens us at the time of our weakness. Find a priest and ask him to pray for you. When he asks what should he pray for, tell him to pray that you are filled with Holy Spirit. This is the best cure that and is ever lasting. It not only helps you to triumph over the situation, but protects your soul and gives you eternal life. (may sound more philosophical but if you think more about this, it is very easy to understand).

Church's stand on homosexuality

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Conclusion

Being gay or lesbian is not a disease that someone should or can be cured of. It is a type of mind, like any other, with its own particular strengths and weaknesses. Please respect gays and lesbians and hate the act of homosexuality. Being kleptomanic is normal, but the acts of kleptomaniac is wrong. Homosexual acts are a mortal sin. If you are a gay or lesbian, thank God for that and pray for his strength and Holy Spirit to overcome the weaknesses associated with that; but enjoy the day as you have several strengths that normal people don't have. Here is a nice article about the suggested life style for homosexual people.

http://hubpages.com/hub/GayLesbian-parenting-and-family-Homosexual-marriages-pros-and-cons?done

http://www.2loveand2serve.com - A nice blog to grow closer to God

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Comments 12 comments

Absolutely 3 years ago

i would certainly say it is. and speaking of lesbians, they are everywhere nowadays making it harder for us straight guys that are looking for a good straight woman to meet.


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emdi 5 years ago Author

@janikon: the main idea of this article is to help common people understand who a gay/lesbian is. Unfortunately, neither the governments nor the church has taken an effort to make people understand (with scientific evidence) homosexuals. This article is a little effort from my part to share with the world what is scientifically known about homosexual behavior. They are not aliens, they are just like other people, but a little different brain architecture.

regarding kleptomania, it is not the main idea of the article. Kleptomania is a mental disorder (and not addictive). Please check wikipedia or pubmed for reference. Probably it is not absolutely correct to compare kleptomania with homosexuals, as the former is considered as a physiological condition and is treated.

what you told is very correct. Homosexuality is sin according to bible so as adultery or fornication (applied to straight people). In Bible certain things are figurative while other things are clear and well stated. Adultery, fornication, murder and homosexuality are all clearly defined as a mortal sin. However, to be born as a homosexual doesn't mean, you need to live a homosexual life style and live in sin. It is God who decided your DNA combination , your brain architecture and your identity (not your parents). It is he who created you. Just like God asks straight people not to commit adultery nor fornication , asks homosexuals not to live in sin by exercising homosexual behavior (i know sexuality is tough to control, but could be done).

So, be happy and thankful to God as he has given you so many good things in life. We all have weaknesses, it is all about how we overcome them.

http://hubpages.com/relationships/GayLesbian-paren...


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janikon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

I've read this article four times and cannot quite decide your stance on the matter, on one hand you compare kleptomania - which is an addictive disorder, similar to alcoholism - to homosexuality while on the other hand stating with certainty homosexuality is not a disease but can be righted with counseling.

There is no solid proof stating homosexuality, lesbianism or bisexuality can be prayed or counciled away without some harmful repercussions to the individual. And, from my understanding, the bible condemns a lot of things - homosexuality is just one of them and I think in 2011 we should consider the source of the bible.

It was written and rewritten for thousands of years - it is still being rewritten - it isn't like one day the bible showed up on the steps of the Catholic church with a note from God stating to follow these writings absolutely without question.

But, I thank you for the support you've given in this hub, voted up.

@sylvia's thoughts - if something is 'biological' then it would be classified as natural - it may not be to everyones liking but you can't fight genetics - just surpress them with a manmade substance.


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katherinemay 5 years ago from Sprigfield ohio

Thank you so much for this. :)


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emdi 5 years ago Author

Sylvia, it has been a nice discussion. Take this case:

'Teacher' is the noun and 'teach' is the verb. My father is a teacher, but he no more teaches. He is doing some other work.

As u said, Homosexual is the noun. Homosexuality is the verb. There are biological reasons why a person is homosexual. MRI scan between a normal and homosexual person shows clear difference in brain structure. You will also see differences between a dyslexic and non-dyslexic person in the brain. Check Pubmed or some medical journals databases, if you don't trust this article.

However, Bible condemns homosexual life style. So as fornication and adultery (these are concerning straight people).


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Sylvia's Thoughts 5 years ago from Southern California

The Bible is pretty clear. The sources you have listed have been created to take the responsibility off the individual. Homosexual is the noun. Homosexuality is the verb. The action of the homosexual. To try to make them something separate is absurd. I don't need their spin on things. Thanks. Have a nice day.


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emdi 5 years ago Author

Do you know any FDA approved drug that changes the brain wiring? Brain wiring is different between man and women. The interesting thing is patterns of connectivity in gay men matched those of straight women, and vice versa.

You will find this article helpful to understand this complex problem

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=5176866&...

The Bible condemns homosexual behavior. Here is an interesting article that explains how Bible differentiates between homosexuals and homosexuality

http://www.thebiblepage.org/biblesays/homosexualit...

Hope this helps


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Sylvia's Thoughts 5 years ago from Southern California

Ok...This is really mixed up. You're combining two things that do not go together. If being homosexual is biological, then there should be some way to fix it, surgery, drugs, etc., and everything's cool 'cause you was born this way. But don't bring God into it. He didn't make you a homosexual, you decided to become one--you CHOSE. The Bible plainly states how God feels about homosexuality. It is wrong. You cannot reconcile these two viewpoints--they're total opposites.


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emdi 5 years ago Author

Sylvia, as I have mentioned in the article, to be a gay or lesbian (homosexual) is biological. It is inherent in his biological system. He/she cannot change it. However, to live a homosexual life style is serious and is discussed in this hub.


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Sylvia's Thoughts 5 years ago from Southern California

So be a proud gay/lesbian and live a life pleasing to God. This sentence contradicts itself. There is not way a gay lifestyle can please God.


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emdi 5 years ago Author

Thank You Sylvia for the comments. You rightly said, God doesn't obligate nor encourage us to fulfill all our desires (even normal ones)

Even though it may seem like our gay/lesbian friends fought for marriage legislation in order to live homosexual lifestyle; I strongly believe that from the dept of their heart, their real desire is recognition as a gay and lesbian and more respect and tolerance towards them.

It is homosexual lifestyle that the society is rejecting and not the gay or lesbian. So be a proud gay/lesbian and live a life pleasing to God.


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Sylvia's Thoughts 5 years ago from Southern California

Homosexuality is considered an acceptable practice by many in our world today-even by some churches. But society does not set the standard for God's law. Many homosexuals believe that their desires are normal and that they have a right to express them. They even go so far as to gain legislation to force everyone else to accept their lifestyle. But God does not obligate nor encourage us to fulfill all our desires (Even normal ones). God does give us free will, and if that is your choice--and do not be deceived--it IS a choice, so be it. Know that it is the homosexual lifestyle that I am rejecting. Great hub!

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