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God Doesn't Hate Gays
The sight of Christians gathering in Jesus' name to spread hate has become a far too common sight these days. They hold up signs and pass petitions to assure that homosexuals never receive rights equal to their own. But where did such behavior come from when it contradicts every thing the bible has to teach? The bulk of the Christian's fanatical hate stems from a single bible verse, Leviticus 18:22. For some reason this one two line verse overshadows everything Jesus lived and died for, love.
Leviticus 18 provides a long list of activities to be avoided to maintain sexual morality. From verse 6 to 20 it goes into careful detail describing that sexual activity with your own family is wrong. In 21 it says not to offer children to Molech, an Ammonite god. Finally in 22 it states, "Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable." It goes in 23 to describe how a woman should not offer herself sexually to an animal. Apparently by defiling themselves they would defile the land.
So what's the overall theme here? Is God just a prude? Or is there a simpler explanation that wreaks of Darwinian logic? Now a days we know that inbreeding causes some goofy looking dumb kids. In most cases they suffer some genetic abnormality that shortens their life spans. Clearly offering your child as a sacrifice to a pagan god is a lousy way to pass on your genetic information. Men can't conceive and animals can't impregnate humans. Get it? It's survival of the species. Despite the long list of rules there is never any mention of penalties being dolled out pertaining to sexual immorality during the Jewish exodus. The closest example we have is of Onan from the book of Genesis.
According to Jewish law if a man dies and leaves his wife without a son, then his brother should marry her and try to conceive a boy. The boy would then be considered the offspring of the deceased man and would become his heir. In Genesis 38 Er, son of Judah, is deemed as wicked in God's eyes "so the Lord put him to death"(38:7). So if God thinks you're wicked he'll kill you himself. Then Judah turned to his second son, Onan, and told him to take Tamar as his wife and give her a son. Onan didn't like this apparently and though he would lie with Tamar he "spilled his semen on the ground" (38:9). The Lord saw this as wicked also and killed Judah's second son. while we don't know exactly what Er's crimes were we know exactly what Onan is guilty of. Maybe it was just greed because he wanted half of his Father's wealth instead of a third, regardless he wasted his seed. I don't think Onan was put to death for dishonoring Er since God killed him too. Perhaps it was disobedience to his father that doomed Onan, but death seems like an awfully steep price for willful disobedience. The oldest commandment the creator gave us was "be fruitful and multiply." This is most likely where Christian fanatics got the catchy little rhyme, "It's procreation, not recreation."
If that's true, why does it feel so good? One reason could be that the pleasing sensations of intercourse are an evolutionary tactic to ensure procreation. If sex is simply a tool of reproduction than why the female orgasm? No other animal on the planet experiences them. The physical characteristics that make it possible when stimulated are no where near the uterus. Obviously it serves no real function in reproduction. In some cultures, like china, it was considered wrong for a woman to enjoy sex. So God is a god of love, but love making for the purpose of intimacy and closeness is wrong. What would the wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, say about this?
The Song of Solomon describes a long foreplay and metaphoric imagery to make the most pious individual blush. There is no focus on the generation of new life, simply the poetry of two dedicated lovers coming together. It is a collection of words celebrating the act, not the purpose. For eight chapters he goes on to describe the love they share and the symbolism of their union. In days past young rabbis were kept from reading this book because of how steamy it is. God likes sex and that's why he made it enjoyable. It is intended for 2 people to who love each other to share.
So why is hate so popular amongst the followers of Christ? One reason could be the unifying effect of contention. By picking a group to exclude they socially reestablish the bonds that make them a demographic. Also it is common for those with strict moral codes to lash out at those who do not follow their particular set of rules. When people choose to behave in a way that is "moral", by social definition, they seem to believe they have a right to condemn the behavior of others. This is not what Jesus taught. He showed us the face of unconditional love and commanded, not asked, us to do the same.
By today's standards we aren't suffering the extinction of any demographic. In fact the earth's population continues to rise. Unplanned pregnancy is common and people are living longer than ever thanks to modern science. Jesus gave his life that all might be saved, not just the breeders. God doesn't hate gays, spread the word.