Why would any reasonable gay person want to be a Christian?
I mean dud, seriously, why the hell would you want to follow a religion that say, you should be stone for death, for doing something that doesn't hurt somebody. I mean, even someone like me, who ain't a fan of homosexuality, is piss at how the bible and some Christians are treating u guys. I mean dud, come on be an atheist or convert to another religion e.g. Buddhism
I know plenty of gay and lesbian Christians. They usually belong to churches that are more inclusive, and less judgmental than what you describe. Their pastors tend to emphasize the positive teachings in the Bible, and there's plenty of stuff in it that has nothing to do with one's sexuality.
For what it's worth, there are quite a few things in the Bible that most Christians ignore. For example, the Bible tells us not to eat shellfish, or wear clothing woven of two different materials, and gives rules for how to treat slaves. Most modern Christians seem to have set those words aside, because the world has changed. The churches that include gay and lesbian members in the congregation simply set aside anything to do with sexual orientation, because this aspect of the world, and how we view it, has also changed.
The bible is filled with a lot of things many people would find distasteful. In addition, even if the Bible does not say something specifically distasteful, humans have interpreted certain parables, etc to mean things which would benefit them. That being said, not all Christians believe everything in the Bible literally and strive for overall noble goals of the religion itself. In addition, many churches allow for gay marriages even if the Bible does not. So, people may choose to belong to a church more for the social gathering and feeling of belonging, and belief that things can be all right. People get different things from belonging to a church. Unfortunately, nothing in life is perfect and you take the good with the bad and hope you can improve what you have. Many gays and lesbians, prior to the Supreme Ct ruling which makes gay marriage legal, lived in states which did not allow for gay marriage. They refused to move, as they may have found other benefits of living in that state. They took the good with the bad, and hoped to improve the situation in the state., For some, the states legalized gay marriage eventually, and for others, it took the Supreme Ct. case.
Just like most Christians I imagine gay ones "cherry pick" which scriptures they will adhere to and observe and ignore those they disagree with. No one observes every scripture!
There are lots of fornicators for example who consider themselves to be Christians.
There are members of the KKK and other hate groups who call themselves Christians.
The "selling point" for most Christians is the "Unconditional Love" aspect of God. He loves you no matter what!
"Love thy neighbor as thyself"
"Judge not lest you be judged"
“He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone .."
Ecclesiastes 7:20 -
"For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not."
Jesus didn't hang out with the church's "self-righteous" leaders.
The bottom line is for many people who pursue Christianity it's not about the other "Christians" it's about their own (personal connection) with God. Only mankind expects perfection.
Well Peter, this is full of perception here. Not that we do not all perceive to an extent, but we are seeing what they should do, rather than allowing them their space to decide. I happen to know though, that there are gay christian churches. Not many, but they exists and perhaps its better to say churches that exist for the inspiration of the souls of gay men and women.
They want Christianity or a Faith, for the same reason that you and I do. We are all inherent flames of a Higher Light, all seeking Love or inner happiness and whether or not it's now or one hundred years, in the process of evolution, the soul will ultimately push us in this direction. That of searching for meaning to life.
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