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1. Describe and explain the sources of Christian teaching on sexual Ethics. Sexual ethics refers to all aspects concerning sexuality and human sexual behaviour; it can be applied to many areas of morality for e.g. polygamy, homosexuality, monogamy, celibacy etc. Different Christian denominations have various and different approach to a range of sexual ethics. Several Christians believe marriage is a sacred practice that is ordain by God and should be between a man and a woman. Many Christian teachings and ethics come from the Christian Holy book “The bible”, customs and natural law. However different Christian denominations have different interpretation of the scriptures therefore different Christian churches have different teachings on many sexual Ethics. Homosexuality meaning sexual attraction towards the same sex is viewed upon as a negative and sinful practice in many Christian denominations, although the Bible says in the book of Genesis “all human beings are created in God’s own image.” Many Christian churches based their teachings on homosexuality is strongly based on bible quotations that directly present homosexual behaviour as a negative and sinful practice. In the Old Testament the bible clearly outlines the prohibitions of any Homosexual behaviour, Leviticus 18:22 states “You must not have sexual intercourse with a man as you would with a woman; it is a detestable practice.” During Jesus times it is believe that Jesus of Nazareth would have followed the Jewish teaching of homesexuality (which was an unacceptable path). On the other hand Jesus statements on the commandment of love (Matthew 2:37-40) and his teachings on accepting Everyone shows that he would have accepted all believers of God regardless of their sexual ethics. These two images of Jesus enhance the different interpretations and teachings of the Christian ethic regarding homosexuality.

In the Christian scripture the New Testament generally portrays apostolic teaching on homosexualism as a sinful practice.. St Paul condemned it and St Peter believed Christians should live their everyday life as followers of Christ, setting themselves apart from non-believers and the society therefore choosing appropriate sexual behaviour was one way of doing this. Although most Christians teach homosexuality as a sinful act, nowadays it is quite debateable in different Christian denominations. The Catholics Church teaching on ethical issues is mostly base on the principal of natural law. Catholics believe Homosexualism is contrary to natural law and the bible (Genesis 9:7 “As for you, be fertile and multiply. Populate the earth and multiply in it”). Catholics teach that homosexualism close the sexual act to the gift of life therefore it is a sinful and unacceptable behaviour as stated in the catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 2357) On the other hand, Anglican source of teaching on homosexualism is obtained from natural law, the scripture, tradition and the understanding shown from theologian writings. The communion of the Anglican Church has been divided over the issue of homosexualism in many ways. The Church of England currently accepts homosexuals but expert gay clergy’s to remain abstinent. In 2003 the Episcopal Church in America approved of the first gay bishop “bishop Gene Robinson” and this resulted in the formation of the Anglican Church in North American as an alternative because they were against these new changes and maintain the old traditional view of marriage between a man and a woman. The uniting church of Australia creates principles not rules, the church acknowledge diversity and encourage believers to call on the love of God. The uniting Church of Australia has decided that individual presbyteries and synods should choose whether or not to accept the homosexuals for ordination. All Christians believe that all people are created equal and in the likeness of God therefore should be treated with respect. However the different teachings of...
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