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Christianity & Homosexuality.

Updated on April 28, 2014

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.- John 3:16

The first thing I want to say in this hub is that I am not writing this to tell people what they should and should not believe. Peoples opinions are their own. I am just curious to see if anyone else thinks the way I do, because so far I haven't met a single person who does. Now usually I only write poetry and short stories in my hubs, but this morning I was moved to write something a little more political. I was browsing hub pages and I came across a hub regarding the Boy Scouts of America; In the interests of anonymity I'm not going to go into specifics, I will just say that it was largely a fair and positive hub regarding the BSA's history and activities.

There was just one small section regarding homosexual scout leaders, and in not-so-many words it basically theorised a correlation between gay scout leaders and child abuse, and spoke of the banning of openly gay scout leaders in a positive light. What shocked me about this, possibly more than the content itself, was that the comments (of which there were a large number) were pretty much all positive. There wasn't an outraged or offended comment in sight. I didn't leave a comment myself as being neither gay nor American, I'm sure I wouldn't be qualified to comment, and like old Abe said: "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

Another thing which came up in the Hub, was the churches involvement in the BSA. Obviously I was aware that it is a church funded and run organisation, but it seemed as though the mere fact that it is a religious organisation, makes the obvious discrimination okay- "Well, they're Christians, it's alright for them to be homophobic!" Honestly I don't know why that is, here in England, no organisation, religious or otherwise would be tolerated for discriminating against anyone. Infact in this country religion is frowned upon more than anything else! Even in England, or anywhere else in the world it seems, it is just understood that Christians are homophobic. The two seem to go hand in hand, like salt and pepper or milk and cookies!

I myself was raised in a Christian household, my father is religious, and homophobic, and he raised me to be the same. As a young girl, I wouldn't say I was homophobic, but I was ignorant. I believed what I'd been taught, and I had never met an openly gay person (knowingly anyway.) I had never needed to think for myself on the subject, so if someone had asked me what I thought of homosexuality I probably would have been a good little parrot and repeated what I had been told.

That was until I was about fourteen, when one of my best friends, whom I'd known and loved like a sister since I was eleven, came out to me. (At a Church summer camp we attended every year!) I didn't react the way I (or she) would have expected. It didn't phase me in the slightest. I had always been taught that homosexuality was an affliction, either mental or emotional. Like depression or PTSD. In other words, it could be overcome and "cured" with work. But I knew that there was nothing remotely wrong with my friend.

So I began to question what I had been taught, I spoke to every adult I knew (most of whom happened to be Christians) I read books, and I scoured the bible. Everything I read and everyone I spoke to gave me the same three answers, being gay was wrong because:

  • 1. Sex cannot lead to reproduction.
  • 2. It says so in the Bible.
  • 3. It's not physiologically 'natural'

Now call me stubborn, but to me that just didn't seem like a good enough excuse for the alienation and discrimination of an entire community of people! So gradually, as I researched more, spent more time with gay people, and grew up, gaining life experience and maturity. I changed my opinion, on many things, not least of all the gay debate!
Now getting to the main point of this hub FINALLY! I am still a Christian, I love my lord & father and I believe unequivocally that Jesus Christ died and rose again to save me, having said that, I interpret the points above in a rather different way:

  • 1. There are millions of heterosexual people in the world who have problems reproducing naturally, and who need to turn to egg and sperm donor-ship, in vitro fertilisation & adoption to conceive. Are we then saying that every single human in the world who has problems with their re-productive organs is somehow 'wrong' or 'un-natural?' I thought not!
  • 2. Okay so it says in the bible that being gay is wrong does it? Well I'm sure I read somewhere that it actually says it is unclean, as it also does about a women who is menstruating, and that can't exactly be helped can it? But I'm sure there's plenty to be contradicted in that so What I will say on this issue is this; The bible was written thousands of years ago, in ancient Hebrew, by people! It is not omniscient, it was not penned down by God himself. It was written by men. Men (and I'm talking about humans, its not a sexist thing) lie, they exaggerate and twist things to suit their own ends, their own values and beliefs. For example, in John's gospel, every time he refers to himself, he calls himself; 'the one whom Jesus loved.' Did Jesus really only love John? I think not! Another reason I find it difficult to accept the Bible excuse, is that as I said, the Bible was written in ancient Hebrew, and translated into a multitude of ancient languages ever before it was translated into English. Around which time it is accepted that the church leaders lied to the general public (who largely could not read or write) about its contents for their own oppressive and financial gains. Who's to say that today's translation is anywhere near to what it ever said originally. The Bible has been used to justify mass murder, war, which hunting, anti-Semitism, torture, stoning and many other things which today we readily accept as wrong. So why can't we get there with homophobia?
  • 3. Do I really need to explain why the third one is ridiculous? I do? Okay! The Church also opposes pre-marital sex, and as a young person I went to a number of church led "relationship talks" which concluded in no uncertain terms that anything more than kissing and holding hands was classed in the eyes of God as sex. This included oral sex, masturbation, fondling ect ect. But apparently Gay sex is not classed as 'natural' sex by the church, because their is no penetration? Come on? Contradicting much?

As I said at the beginning of this hub, I have not written this to try to change or judge anyone's beliefs. I simply wanted to see if there are any Christians out there who agree with my perspective. Also I wanted to have an opportunity to dispel the idea that ALL Christians are homophobic or against Gay people. Because there are definitely God loving people out there who are also Gay loving! Even if it is only me!

I want to thank you all, regardless of your own personal perspective, for taking the time to read this hub, I know it is long and you have much better things to do with your time!

I just want to leave you with a few things, which are not just my opinion, for you to mull over!

God Bless! :)

Matthew 7:1 " Judge not, that ye be not judged."

John 8:7 "When they persisted in asking Him, He stood up, and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her."

John 6:40 "And this is the will of him who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have everlasting life."


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    • Literature Fairy profile image

      Holly Jackson 6 years ago from England, UK.

      Thanks for the comment xethonxq. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! LF x

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      xethonxq 6 years ago

      OUTSTANDING...thank you for your contribution to the LGBT community with this hub. Excellent!! :)

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      Holly Jackson 6 years ago from England, UK.

      Thanks for the comment Frank, and thanks for reading and following! LF x

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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      Your observation is dead on-- although I am not a Christian and know nothing of its teachings you prepare your readers very well thank you for this hub Frank

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      Holly Jackson 6 years ago from England, UK.

      Thanks for the comment Schoolgirlforreal, I completely agree with you! LF x

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      schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago

      Sorry, mistype *I have friends who are gay like you, and bisexual.**

      I meant "I have friends who are gay (JUst like you do)


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      schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago

      Hi Literature Fairy,

      Nice hub, and interesting topic.

      I am a Christian- former Catholic, now practicing Bible believer. I was raised homophobic also like you. My brother (out of my 5 brothers) came out years ago. I got used to the idea and the thing I MOST RESPECTED was his honesty. That's big in my book.

      So, I love him and I see no reason to be rude, at the time. Then as I grew up like you, I formed my own opinions. I have friends who are gay like you, and bisexual.

      I'm not an expert at all, but my take is "Judge not let ye be judged"

      I don't see it useful at all to judge. I don't really care to be honest. I (don't care) what people do, it's none of my business, they can masturbate till they turn purple.

      As for whether it's right in God's eyes, I see all sins as sins. Be it fornication, adultery, homosexual, and that Christians always make mistakes or sins their whole lives.

      I don't know how God sees "gays". That's not for me to say. I just don't get involved with that "descision". Like I say, it's not for me to say. I'm just a friend.

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      Holly Jackson 7 years ago from England, UK.

      Thanks mythbuster, personally i was worried that my presentation was a little too juvenile, but I'm glad you appreciated it. Thanks for the comment. x

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      mythbuster 7 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Nice observations and arguments! I really like the way your words are presented here, Literature Fairy.

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      Holly Jackson 7 years ago from England, UK.

      I totally agree, in retrospect I think I should have spoken more in my hub about some of the good points about church and christainty. My faith has helped me so much at times in my life and has given me so much joy and peace. I just think that a big problem is that people like to have a scapegoat to blame for whatever anger, fear or discrimination they have in their heat, so they use their religion to hide behind, and God ends up getting blamed.

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      attemptedhumour 7 years ago from Australia

      Churches do so many good things for the general community, they do 'bend' their ideas at times and this is one of those areas where they need to adjust their harsh stance. It is doing much more harm than good in my opinion. Cheers

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      Holly Jackson 7 years ago from England, UK.

      Thanks attemptedhumour for your comment, I agree completely. I am a Christian, in so much as that I believe in God and Jesus Christ because that's how I was raised. But honestly I don't really believe in organised 'religion' as I think it does more harm than good. And I definately beliive that God loves and accepts us all as we are, just like any good parent! :)

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      attemptedhumour 7 years ago from Australia

      Well that was a great honest view of how you think on this issue. For anyone to think in this day and age that being gay is somehow abnormal, or wrong, is beyond me. To suggest that gay people are screwed up is a mathematical impossibility and an insult in my opinion. I'm straight myself but i have many gay friends who lead wonderful normal lives with probably some of the same usual dilemmas that everyone faces. Your assessment of how religion came about is a perfect example of why i choose to be non religious, but i respect your Christian beliefs as they obviously are important in the way you live your life. A lot of the values that christians try to live by are honorable and i also live by those ideals because of my conscience. But being homophobic is unconscionable. Great hub. Long for a good reason.

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      Kelley 7 years ago from California

      I'm sure he accepts gays as they are. The two most important things in the world are Jesus and common sense. Later!

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      Holly Jackson 7 years ago from England, UK.

      Yea, I believe I do, I think he would and does! After all, he created everyone of us. I get the impression you have another opinion however?

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      Kelley 7 years ago from California

      What would Jesus do - accept gays as they are? You know the answer to that. Later!

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      Holly Jackson 8 years ago from England, UK.

      P.S Astra Nomik. I didn't know about the condoms in Africa, that is clearly ridiculous! And I agree with you, I think it is important to make your own choices and be open minded and accepting of what's important. Thanks for your comment,

      LF xXx

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      Holly Jackson 8 years ago from England, UK.

      Thanks for your insight, I don't agree personally but your entitled to your opinion, and I wrote the hub so I could hear peoples views. Although I do want to point out that I didn't say that it was unheard of for Gay people to be abusive, I'm saying it's wrong to assume they will just because they are gay. It is no more likely for a gay person to be a paedophile than it is for a straight person to be one. Also the distinction between a victim's gender and a paedophiles sexual orientation isn't important because many child molesters don't really have an adult sexual orientation. They have never developed the capacity for mature sexual relationships with other adults, instead their sexual attractions focus on children – boys, girls, or children of both sexes. But regardless, my hub was not about child abuse, it was about whether or not all Christians are Homophobic, obviously you are flying the flag for "Yes we all are." And that's your choice.

      Thanks for reading my hub, hope you enjoyed the others too! LF.

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      Trohnjem 8 years ago from Oregon

      Alright, so personally, I do not believe that being homosexual is natural. Why do I think that? Because I have never met a gay person who was not severely messed up. Some of them are really great people, but they still are messed up. Being gay in the fundamentalists view is bad because it goes against their beliefs, which is fine. But if people do not want gay men as their sons scout leaders, that is logical if their son or their son's friend, or any other boy has been abused under a "gay" scout leader. It's illogical to think a straight scout leader sexually abused a male child. Even if he says he's straight, he's not. It's hard for homosexuals to get any good light for the same reason narcotics never get good light, the people don't want that kind of thing to turn into a normality and so they push it away. God states that he loves all man, even if they do him ill, but without repentance and the will to follow his every law, one shant enter his abide. He says man shall not lay with man as he would a woman. And women shall not lay with women as they would a man. It's quite blatant, really. Though, I make it clear, I do not hate homosexuals, because that would be against God as well lol. In fact a very close friend of mine is gay and I wouldn't get rid of him for the world. Anyway... that is just my input.

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      Cathy Nerujen 8 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      A very interesting article here. Some excellent points. I was raised by 2 parents neither of which are christian. I was given the option of becoming a christian, my parents said I could if I wished. I am a Buddhist, but reading this is relative to some other things, some other faiths tend to find being lesbian or gay an abomination. That however will not put me off people just because of their religions or the bible. Some people can see through the mire and confusion to see the real issue and how to interpret the fact.

      I read for example that certain people in a certain religion say that condoms should not to be given to Christians in Africa. This is another issue needing resolving. We have people going around passing off their wisdom as something that "had better be adhered to or else..." and it borders on silliness.

      Enjoyed this hub.

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      Holly Jackson 8 years ago from England, UK.

      Thank you for your comment, (although I think it missed something off the end, feel free to add to it here or send me a message to my page, as I'd love to hear your full perspective.) I completely agree with you about God desiring mercy over Judgement and Caring more for the people who needed him!

      I truly believe that God would much rather you be in a good & loving relationship than one which was not good for you, regardless of the gender of the person you happen to fall in love with!

      Thanks again for reading my hub, God bless.

      LF x

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      Bridgette Crowe 8 years ago from Morrow La

      I thank you for your interesting observations. It is clear that you have put much time and thought into your article...... I have been a christian for over 30 years and truly felt Gods love and presence in my life and the lives of my children. After fourteen years in horrible relationship. I, being a woman, ended up with a woman. It is a love I have longed for all my life. Do I feel I am wrong? Yes I still battle this one. I put my trust in the knowledge that God is merciful. He desires MERCY over JUDGMENT. Recently my girlfriend woke me up in the middle of the night and told me, " I need God. " Jesus came for those who need him as a matter of fact he didn;t care much for the religious people. As far a the bible being written by men and fail able. It also


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