Yes! In our culture, rejecting homosexuality has become tantamount to rejecting love. Such a fallacy. I am grateful for people like Wesley Hill who lays out a personal experience in "Washed and Waiting".
I don't believe the God I follow would create someone with certain urges and then expect them to be celibate. Love is an amazing gift from God and I can't believe He limits who we can or cannot love or how we express that. Can you imagine if the bible said "anyone with brown eyes shall embrace a life of celibacy." If you're called to lead a life of celibacy, that's cool, but if God makes someone a certain way and then expects them not to partake in one of His most precious gifts, well, that makes him kind of a dick.
Hi Aimee, your theology doesn't take the doctrine of the fall into account.
He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it. (Mat 19:8-12)
Aimee, nobody is sure God creates the urges, especially the ones I think you're implying. I know some of my own sexual urges are not from God. I have to ask Him to help me! The real question is why would He create someone that way when He clearly condemns it in His Word?
Aimee - You have to remember that as a result of the Fall people are born with all kinds of desires and attractions that aren't good for us. Someone may be born and grow up and want to be sexually active with more than one person (as most males are). Or when married they are attracted and would desire to have sex with more than their spouse. But that desire doesn't mean you act on it. I have a gay friend who explained it like saying someone may be born blind or with one limb missing. It doesn't make that person less than any other person, but because of the Fall they are born with something that they live with their whole life. They then can even use that to be a voice for God too helping others who are born with that too. So my friend then sees her attraction as something she may have been born with, but she then doesn't act on her attraction. She lives a fulfilled life and love God as a celibate person. Here is a web site telling other stories of people with the same view http://www.livingout.org Hope this helps in the discussion.
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